WINTER 2011 Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Chair’s Message: The YLS is off to a fast start … now it’s time for YOU to get involved Mark your calendars for March 26, April 27 and May 21 for upcoming YLS events! By Michael J. Jasaitis T he Young Lawyers Section (YLS) provides opportunities to serve beyond our clients; it allows us (as a group) to extend service to the community and fellow lawyers. During the first quarter of the 20102011 term, the YLS has done some great things. And, with several more events around the corner, the opportunity to participate is ripe. To illustrate, here are a few of the ways that the YLS has effectuated its mission. October 2010 At the ISBA Annual Meeting, the YLS sponsored a community service project to benefit Horizon House, a homeless shelter in Indianapolis for men, women and children. Toiletry items were collected and delivered to the shelter. December 2010 The YLS and the law firm Bingham McHale cosponsored the ABA YLD Touch 10,000 Meet & Greet event for new lawyers in Indianapolis. This event was designed to offer the opportunity for new lawyers to network with local colleagues and ABA leadership. The YLS helped make the holiday a little brighter for two underprivileged families in need as part of United Way’s Adopt-A-Family program. Members of the YLS Council donated and delivered gifts and money to provide toys, clothes and other household necessities to each family. The YLS teamed up with the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association to sponsor “Santa’s Been Sued,” a program designed to provide a positive courtroom experience and gifts to underprivileged children in northwest Indiana. The two organizations raised money to provide gifts for each participating child. YLS members helped each child plead his or her case the senior community. For this project, law students from the I.U. School of LawIndianapolis joined YLS members to help paint a senior center in Indianapolis. More than 25 young lawyers/ law students helped to paint multiple hallways, bathrooms “The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) provides opportunities to serve beyond our clients; it allows us (as a group) to extend service to the community and fellow lawyers.” on the witness stand, after which Judge William E. Davis determined they were indeed all “nice” this year. January 2011 The YLS participated in the “Young Lawyers Serving Hoosier Seniors” service project, the first of two designed to benefit and meeting rooms. ISBA President Jeffry A. Lind also joined the YLS and participated in this daylong project. You can access pictures from these events at www.facebook.com/isbayls. The above list is a remarkable testament to the willingness of young lawyers to participate and serve the community, all the while helping to change how lawyers are perceived by the general public. But this is only the beginning. With three significant YLS events coming up, now is the perfect time for you to get involved. To that end, get your calendars out and mark down these dates: March 26, 2011 | YLS Service Project, Valparaiso, Ind. The Young Lawyers Section and the Valparaiso University School of Law are teaming up for the second service project this year. You are invited to participate in the “Young Lawyers Serving Hoosier Seniors” community service project on Saturday, March 26, 2011. This day of service is a one-of-a-kind (continued on page 2) Ethics resources for young lawyers BY ALICE M. MORICAL & PATRICK J. OLMSTEAD JR. T his is the first in a series of articles concerning ethics. We are thankful to Michael Jasaitis for offering us the opportunity to write to the Young Lawyers Section. For our first column, we want to offer advice regarding ethical resources. The Indiana Admission & Discipline Rules and the Rules of Professional Conduct (along with its commentary) are found in your annual volume of West’s Indiana Rules of Court – State. The Rules are also available online at the Indiana judiciary’s website at www.in.gov/judiciary/rules. An annotated version of the Rules is available on Westlaw and in Title 34 of West’s Annotated Indiana Code. The Rules change. So, it is important to keep reading them at least annually. In addition, some of Indiana’s Rules vary from the Model Rules of Professional Conduct – so you cannot necessarily rely on what you learned in law school. If you have a specific ethical dilemma, and it is not clearly addressed by the Rules or their commentary, then you should first consult your own personal moral compass. Many “issues” can be resolved by common sense. Applying the Golden Rule and remembering that most ethical issues are viewed from the perspective of the client can help guide you through the thicket. To the extent you have a specific ethical quandary, you should consider hiring personal counsel. The Rules encourage you to seek advice and specifically provide that a lawyer can divulge client confidences “to secure legal advice about the lawyer’s compliance with these Rules.” RPC 1.6(b)(4). (continued on page 2) The State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section reaches out to a predominately senior neighborhood to help out as part of its “Young Lawyers Serving Hoosier Seniors” service project. Members of the YLS were joined by ISBA President Jeffry A. Lind and law students from the IU School of Law-Indianapolis.