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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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  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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