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Bar Crawl - 7/3/13

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Bar Crawl highlights bar association news around the state. Indiana Lawyer strives to include bar association news and trends in its regular stories, and we would like to include more news from specialty and county bars. If you’d like to submit an update about your bar association or a photo from an event your bar association has hosted, or if you have questions about having your bar association news included in the newspaper, please send it to Marilyn Odendahl at modendahl@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

IBF holds education workshop for Indiana civics teachers

Seventeen Indiana teachers recently completed training in the curriculum “We The People: The Citizen & The Constitution.”

The Indiana Bar Foundation organized the education workshop with a grant from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Rushville chapter of the NSDAR lent critical support to the program.

Social studies and government teachers from across Indiana attended the professional development seminar June 14-16 in Indianapolis. Each educator received a set of textbooks to teach students about American history as well as the U.S. Constitution and how the principles of the Constitution can be applied to present-day issues.

IndyBar seeks nominations for professionalism awards

Nominations are due this month for the Indianapolis Bar Association’s annual awards recognizing excellence and professionalism in the legal community.

The 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, established in 1990, honors the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana. Nominations for the 2013 Leach Award are due by July 31.

The Professional Award and the IndyBar Silver Gavel Award honor lawyers and judicial officers whose careers exemplify the high calling and achievement of attorneys in modern society. Nominations for these awards are due by 8:30 a.m. July 15.

For more information, visit the IndyBar’s website at www.indybar.org.

Nominations for ISBA awards accepted through mid-August

The Indiana State Bar Association is taking nominations for its professional awards which will be presented at the association’s annual meeting in October. Honors include the Outstanding Judge Award, Women in Law Recognition Award, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and the Community Service Award.

Nominations are due Aug. 16.

For more information, contact the ISBA at 800-266-2581 or visit the ISBA’s website at www.inbar.org.

Leadership Academy at ISBA graduates class of 24 lawyers

The Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Academy’s Class of 2013 graduated in May. The 24 attorneys in the class are accomplished legal practitioners who have been admitted to practice for less than 15 years.

“Each of these lawyers will affect not only their colleagues and clients, but their surrounding communities as well,” ISBA president Daniel Vinovich said. “There has been a proven ripple effect of what this program can do when these graduates go back into their communities with a unique set of skills.”

The academy was established to help lawyers be informed, committed and involved so that they may fill leadership roles in bar associations and their communities.

Calhoun elected president of Indiana Bar Foundation

Delaware County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Judi Calhoun has been elected as president of the Indiana Bar Foundation. Her term leading the charitable nonprofit started July 1 and will continue until June 2014.

Calhoun was admitted to the bar in 1994 and has served as deputy prosecutor since 1998 handling all types of cases including felony prosecutions. A graduate of Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, she was elected to the fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation in 2011.

Along with Calhoun, a slate of new officers and board members were elected. They are: Donald Lundberg, Indianapolis, president-elect; and Kenneth J. Allen, Valparaiso, secretary.

The board members are: Kathleen Anderson, Fort Wayne; Seamus Boyce, Noblesville; Carl Hayes, Indianapolis; Hon. Melissa May, Martinsville; Scott Barnhart, Indianapolis; Steve Sanders, Bloomington, representing the IU Maurer School of Law; and Amy K. Spears, Indianapolis, representing the IU McKinney School of Law.

Re-appointed to board positions were: Allen; Angela Freel, Evansville; Amy Noe, Richmond; and Liberty Roberts, Indianapolis.•

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  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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