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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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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  5. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

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