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Volunteer Positions with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Available

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation impacts members of our profession and community throughout the year through its programs, grants and initiatives. Be a part of this impact with service on an IBF committee in 2014. See the list of committees below, and contact jarmstrong@indybar.org to express your interest. Most committees meet monthly, typically during lunch. Effort will be made to complete all committee assignments and reply by late-December.

Development Committee - 2014 Chair: Lee Christie, Cline Farrell Christie & Lee

Purpose: To lead and direct the non-event fundraising efforts of the Foundation including annual campaign, Distinguished Fellows, Senior Fellows, planned giving, grants, and targeted solicitations (does not include golf and dinner/auction).

Dinner/Auction Committee - 2014 Co-Chairs: Erin Durnell, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC; and Briana Clark, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Purpose: To plan and host the annual dinner/auction fundraiser including sponsorships, table/ticket sales, and silent/live auction. Event to be held in October 2014.

Golf Committee - 2014 Chair: Ned Mulligan, Cohen & Malad LLP

Purpose: To coordinate the annual golf fundraiser including foursomes, individual players, and sponsors. Event to be held in July 2014.

Visibility Committee - 2014 Chair: Whitney Mosby, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Purpose: To attain greater visibility and recognition in the Indianapolis legal community as the only local charitable choice for Indianapolis lawyers to support the Indianapolis legal community. Particular attention is given to the quarterly newsletter and enhancing the web presence of the IBF.

Impact Fund Committee - 2014 Chair: Melanie Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

Purpose: To investigate grant making opportunities and make recommendation to the IBF Board about allocation of grant dollars.

Welcome New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

Courtroom connotations: stress, contention and opposition. Let the IndyBar change that for you—participate in a warm, wonderful Naturalization Ceremony. Twice a month, the IndyBar sends representatives to the Naturalization Ceremonies to give welcoming words to the new citizens. Ceremonies are held in the Federal Courthouse, last about an hour and are held on Thursday mornings. For more information and to volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.•

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  1. 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.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

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  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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