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IndyBar Frontlines - 2/26/14

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Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2014 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, April 8. Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at the library/community center locations throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

It’s Membership Renewal Time!

Don’t miss out on a great year with the IndyBar: Renew for 2014 today! Convenient online renewal is available at www.indybar.org/renew.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers!

These volunteers at the Feb. 11 Legal Line program provided 118 callers with free legal advice. Thank you to: Ned Mulligan, Maggie Sadler, Jonathan Knoll and Michael McBride, all of Cohen & Malad LLP; and Jennifer Strange, Dustin Detzler, Chad Oswald, and Stephanie McGowan, all of Harrison & Moberly; and Jamie Wilkins of Indiana Legal Services.

Carryout Lunch Discount Available for IndyBar Members

Heading to an IndyBar brownbag lunch CLE program? Swing by the Labor District Cafe on the second floor of the BMO Plaza Building on your way up to the IndyBar office. IndyBar members get 10 percent off of all pre-ordered carryout orders! View the menu and order online at orderstart.com/labordistrict, and use promo code INDYBAR10 to receive the discount.

Customize Your E-Bulletin!

Now your IndyBar E-Bulletin is all about YOU! Log in at indybar.org/account and click “Manage Your News Subscriptions.” There you can select your own personal news subscriptions from 24 different topics. The latest articles from your subscriptions will automatically populate in the “My IndyBar News” in your bi-weekly E-Bulletin. These subscriptions will also populate a personalized homepage when you log in at indybar.org.

American Bar Association Issues Legislative Action Alert on Accrual Method Proposal

The ABA is urging federal lawmakers to rethink a possible plan to require businesses to use the accrual method instead of traditional cash accounting in the discussion draft Tax Reform Act of 2013. The ABA asserts that accrual method would be both more complex and more expensive that the current system. The IndyBar Board of Directors is currently communicating with members of Congress to determine the potential impact of this measure and what, if any, response or insight should be provided

Free Program Offered by Heartland Pro Bono Council

Learn how you can help unrepresented litigants, the Marion County Courts, and your own practice through a CLE program offered by Heartland Pro Bono Council on Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. The program is offered at no cost to attendees who agree to take one pro bono family law case. Contact Dana Luetzelschwab at dana.luetzelschwab@ilsi.net for more information and to register.•

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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.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

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

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