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jeff abrams ibaSeveral of the IndyBar executive team recently attended the American Bar Association Mid-Year Conference where we spent time with other bar association executive officers and professionals to exchange ideas about different programs and what is working or not working in our communities and states.

We learned of one association providing matches for senior attorneys desiring to retire and new attorneys looking for a mentor and a career. We learned of the challenges of mandatory bars where the state Supreme Court has ruled they cannot continue to operate in the manner they have operated for many, many years. We learned how some associations are working hard to find value for the attorneys in large national and regional firms. Stay tuned for updates on that message.

One thing that we constantly hear from other organizations is how forward thinking and progressive the IndyBar is compared to other bar associations in the country. We received requests from other bar execs for their officers to spend time with us and “pick our brains” on how to successfully manage and operate a bar association.

There is only one reason why we consistently have these requests made of us. I would like to think it is unequivocally the result of outstanding past presidents and board members, including household names in our Indianapolis market such as Phil Isenbarger, Jim Voyles, Scott Chinn, Chris Hickey, John Maley, the list is endless (if your name is not here, it is because I let someone else pick the names to be included). However, I do not believe there is any question that the success of our organization can be primarily attributed to Julie Armstrong, our Executive Director, and the outstanding staff that works with her.

For some of the more experienced attorneys, many of you knew Rosie Felton, Julie’s predecessor and mentor. Julie has managed to inherit many of the great skills that Rosie had in operating the association while also developing her own unique skill set to further herself and our association. All of the staff at the IndyBar have been able to provide some key piece of the puzzle to make our association a national monument to so many of the other state and local bar associations.

Please take the time to stop by our IndyBar office at 135 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 1500 to say hello to our staff and let them know how much you appreciate all the great work that they do. We cannot provide them with enough accolades to really let them know how much we appreciate their time and effort.•

Compliments are easy to provide when the staff is great.

Julie and her team are nothing short of first rate.

They manage 100s of programs and 1,000s of different opinions.

Sometimes it seems it might be easier to slice a couple onions.

Staff’s creativity is known throughout the Bar land.

Their programs and ideas are beyond the grandest of grand.

They never come to a meeting without a well-developed plan.

To enable our bar members more time to hit the beach or golf course and work on their tan.

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  1. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  2. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  3. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.

  4. I have dealt with more than a few I-465 moat-protected government attorneys and even judges who just cannot seem to wrap their heads around the core of this 800 year old document. I guess monarchial privileges and powers corrupt still ..... from an academic website on this fantastic "treaty" between the King and the people ... "Enduring Principles of Liberty Magna Carta was written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king. There are two principles expressed in Magna Carta that resonate to this day: "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land." "To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice." Inspiration for Americans During the American Revolution, Magna Carta served to inspire and justify action in liberty’s defense. The colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta. They embedded those rights into the laws of their states and later into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution ("no person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.") is a direct descendent of Magna Carta's guarantee of proceedings according to the "law of the land." http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/

  5. I'm not sure what's more depressing: the fact that people would pay $35,000 per year to attend an unaccredited law school, or the fact that the same people "are hanging in there and willing to follow the dean’s lead in going forward" after the same school fails to gain accreditation, rendering their $70,000 and counting education worthless. Maybe it's a good thing these people can't sit for the bar.

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