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IBA Frontlines, June 8, 2011

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Enjoy an Evening of Sinatra Join the IndyBar Women & the Law Division and the Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Practice Section for an evening at Symphony on the Prairie! Featuring the hits of Frank Sinatra, this July 16 event will be a great opportunity to socialize with bar members, friends and family. Special group rate tickets and a reserved area with complimentary refreshments will be offered to IndyBar members. Visit www.indybar.org to register today.

Volunteers Needed for Naturalization Ceremonies

Twice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse welcomes newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony, and you can be a part of it. We are looking for IndyBar attorney members to volunteer to participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. The ceremonies are typically held on Thursdays twice a month at 10 a.m. in a courtroom of the U.S. District Court downtown. To volunteer, please e-mail cchopp@indybar.org.

IndyBar Provides Analysis & Insight on Barnes

The Indiana Supreme Court’s recent decision in Barnes v. State has received significant public attention. To shed light, rather than just heat, in this situation, the Indianapolis Bar Association provided background and analysis on the Barnes decision for local media. To view the full statement visit the Bar’s website at www.indybar.org.

New Lobby Hours at U.S. District Court & Bankruptcy Court

Effective July 1, 2011, the Clerk’s Office for the United States District Court and United Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana will have new lobby hours. The new lobby hours for both offices will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note that the new lobby hours are applicable to all divisions (Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Evansville and New Albany).  

Location Change for Contempt Hearings

Please note that beginning Friday, May 27th all Marion Superior Court cases set for a Contempt hearing on Friday mornings with Commissioner Mark Batties will be conducted in the Probate Court (and not in room T-341). Proceedings Supplemental will continue to use T-341 for Tuesday’s morning and afternoon calendar as well as Friday afternoon.

Impact Fund Grant Applications Due June 15

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has reorganized its grant making activity with the intent to provide greater impact with its dollars and is now organized to provide a single high dollar grant to an Indianapolis area project meeting the purpose of the IBF. For 2011, the grant amount has been determined to be $35,000. Applications for this Impact Fund grant are due June 15. For detailed information on the grant and eligibility requirements and to access the grant application see www.indybar.org.

Get Back to the Social Media Basics

No question will be a dumb question at the IndyBar’s Social Media 101 and 201 programs this summer. Designed to help internet amateurs navigate the world of social media, these sessions are sure to help attendees boost their confidence in using Facebook, Twitter and much more in both their personal and professional lives. Attendance is limited to the first 15 registrants, and attendees are invited to bring their laptops. For information and registration for the June 22 Social Media 101 session and the July 20 Social Media 201 session visit the Bar’s website.

Legal Line Volunteers: Thank You

By volunteering two hours of their time the lawyers from assisted over 50 local residents in providing free legal advice through the Bar’s monthly telephone legal advice program, Legal Line. Thanks go to Marie Alexander, Louis Britton, Marci Guevara, Aubrey Kuchar, Matt Phillips, and Drew Price.•

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  2. 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.

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