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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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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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