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Judge Fisher Announces Retirement, Applications Available for Vacancy

Judge Thomas G. Fisher announced on August 12th that he would step down from Indiana Tax Court on January 1, 2011, creating an opening on the single-member appellate court. Judge Fisher has been Indiana’s first and only Tax Court Judge since the court’s establishment in 1986. The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for the vacancy. Contact Adrienne Meiring, Counsel for the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, at 317-232-4706 with questions or if you are interested in applying.

E-Filing Trainings Scheduled

Two trainings for Marion County’s new File & Serve service are scheduled for Tuesday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 29. The trainings, presented jointly by Marion Superior Court and Lexis Nexis, will be held at the IndyBar Education Center. Details and registration information are online at www.indybar.org.

Bar Leaders Sought for Board Service

It’s already that time of year, when attention turns to nominating the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors slate.  Because Indybar members are the greatest resource in identifying future leaders, a request for nominations has been issued.  Each Indybar member is encouraged to submit the name(s) of any Indybar attorney member for nomination to any of the following offices: 

• 1st Vice President (serves one-year term and will automatically assume the office of President-elect in 2012)

• Secretary (two-year term, 2011 and 2012)

• At-Large Member of Board of Managers (five positions, each two-year terms, 2011 and 2012)

• ABA Delegate (one-year term, 2011)

Nominations should be forwarded to IndyBar Nominating Committee, 135 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1500, Indianapolis, IN 46204, email jarmstrong@indybar.org, or fax 317-269-1915.  The deadline has been extended to September 3, 2010.

Get the Straight Talk!

Wish you could hear insider tips and tricks from judges and county agencies? Want to find out exactly what judges expect from attorneys in their courtrooms? Then you don’t want to miss “Straight Talk from the City-County Building,” a day-long program on September 24 designed to give Indianapolis attorneys the insider information that will empower them to be more successful practitioners. This program is offerered exclusively by the IndyBar, and attendance is limited— register today at www.indybar.org!

IndyBar Seeks Experienced Controller

The Indianapolis Bar Association and Indianapolis Bar Foundation, well respected non-profit organizations serving the Indianapolis metropolitan area, are offering a competitive salary, excellent health care benefits, 401k retirement plan and paid time off to the right candidate for the position of Controller. The Controller is a professional position that manages the application of prescribed accounting principles to financial transactions related to the preparation, maintenance, and analysis of all fiscal operations. Dependability, depth of knowledge, and a hardworking personality are the keys to success in this position. For full details are available on the indybar.org website. To apply, resume, cover letter and salary expectations should be emailed to jarmstrong@indybar.org or faxed to 317.269.1915.

Two Hour Volunteer Opportunity

Ask a Lawyer, the Indianapolis Bar Association’s free legal advice program with the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, is in need of volunteers for its October 12, 2010 session. Attorneys are needed to staff the following Marion County Library locations from 2-4 p.m. or 4-6 p.m.: Brightwood, East Washington, East 38th Street, Shelby, and Southport. Contact Indianapolis Bar Pro Bono Coordinator Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org to volunteer.

Attention New Attorneys: Fall Applied Professionalism Course Offered

Thinking about end of year CLE credit requirements? New attorneys must complete the six hour Applied Professionalism Course within their first three-year educational cycle, and the IBA has just the course, offered on Friday, October 29. Registration is available online at www.indybar.org.

InterAlia

The law firm of Geiger Conrad & Head LLP is proud to announce that it has moved its offices to 1 North Pennsylvania Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, Geiger Conrad & Head LLP is proud to announce that, effective August 1, 2010, Jana Strain has joined the firm in an Of Counsel capacity. Ms. Strain practices in the areas of family law, civil litigation, civil and domestic mediation, and estate planning.•

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  1. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  2. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  3. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  4. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  5. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

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