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Abrams: SUMMERTIME - Fun in the Sun and With the IndyBar

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jeff abrams ibaSummertime is a wonderful time of the year. Not only are there so many things to do outside (when it finally stops raining), but there are also lots of great events with the IndyBar and Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

On Thursday, July 17, golf aficionados will travel to Country Club of Indianapolis to test their skills at a private country club for the annual Indianapolis Bar Foundation Lawyer Links Classic. This event is usually attended by more than 100 attorneys with sponsors from a variety of organizations that tangentially touch our every day practices, from reporting services to trusted advisors. This year, the number of golfers is at an incredible high with lots of new teams and new players, which sets up for a busy day at the golf course. The money raised benefits the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and all the different causes that it supports.

This year, the golf committee, chaired by Ned Mulligan of Cohen & Malad PC and substantially assisted by Bill McKenna at Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP, decided to solicit top golf courses throughout the state of Indiana to provide foursomes for auction. While I graciously did my part and provided an opportunity to play Crooked Stick, these two people solicited lots of outstanding golf courses to donate foursomes including Victoria National in Newburgh (by Evansville), Harbor Trees, Brickyard Crossing, Broadmoor, Meridian Hills, Trophy Club, Woodstock, Highland, Sagamore, Hawthorns and Bridgewater. All of these golf courses are phenomenal places to play and many are not easily accessible to the non-country club member. Go to biddingowl.com/IndianapolisBarFound and bid before the auction closes to the public at the end of the day on Wednesday, July 16 if you are interested in trying to purchase one of these foursomes. It is a great way to entertain clients or spend an afternoon with fellow attorneys.

The IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism will honor hard working paralegals at the Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon to be held Aug. 14 at The Conrad. Many of us have paralegals who make it much easier to practice law. Please consider taking your paralegal to the lunch and honoring him or her for an outstanding job.

On July 3, I attended the Naturalization Ceremony whereby 101 immigrants were sworn in as new citizens of the state of Indiana and the United States of America. The IndyBar and IBF did their part by providing each of them a book containing the United States Constitution and Indiana Constitution as well as a page devoted to services that the IndyBar offers our citizens. I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak briefly to these newly admitted citizens and while my words of wisdom were profoundly outstanding, there were other greater comments made by Sen. Susan Brooks, U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Manual. Mrs. Manual described her rise to citizenship in Washington, D.C., a few years ago and nearly brought a tear to my eye as she noted some of the experiences she encountered with the process. If you have not attended one of these events, I would strongly recommend that you attend July’s ceremony each year at President Harrison’s Estate since it usually rewards a larger number of new citizens and also historically brings back some of the ancestors of President Harrison.

You will not be disappointed.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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