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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. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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