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Last Chance: Register Now for Take a Law Student to Lunch!

Just one lunch hour. That’s all it takes to open the door of our legal community for a law student and provide that student with the real life knowledge of what it’s like to practice in Indy. Sign up at indybar.org/events and “Take a Law Student to Lunch” Thursday, May 15. The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Indianapolis at 120 W. Market St.

IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Student Registration Now Open

The IndyBar will host its annual Diversity Job Fair Aug. 21 and 22, and student registration is now available. Students can find information on how to register at ibadiversityjobfair.org. The Diversity Job Fair is open to fall 2014 full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2016) or part-time 2L or 3L law students (graduating 2016/2017. Twenty-four legal employers, from large firms to government agencies to courts, will be conducting interviews at the fair.

HEAL is Here to Help

HEAL—Helping Enrich Attorneys Lives—assists lawyers, judges and paralegals in the Indianapolis area who are experiencing a crisis or who are affected by the crisis of someone close to that person, such as a spouse or professional colleague. The program is simple, but its impact can be great. Learn more at indybar.org/heal.

‘Practical Practice’ Track to Debut at Bench Bar

The IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference has long been known as the best opportunity for litigators and judges to mix and mingle in a casual, fun environment. Now in its 21st year, the conference has widened its appeal with the inaugural “Practical Practice” track planned for the 2014 event, to be held June 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Practical Practice Track is designed to introduce new lawyers or newly solo lawyers to the basics of operating a firm and will also highlight several common solo practice areas, including estate planning, family law and criminal law. View the full conference agenda and access online registration at indybenchbar.org.

Hit the Links with the IBF

Spring may have just sprung, but it isn’t too early to make plans to join the Indianapolis Bar Foundation at the 2014 Lawyer Links Classic golf outing. Enjoy a day on the course at the Golf Club of Indianapolis July 17 while supporting a great cause. Learn more at indybar.org/ibfevents.

Scholarships Available for Bench Bar Conference

Applications are now being accepted for 20 scholarships to attend the IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference, coming up June 19 to 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio. These scholarships, which are made possible through the generosity of Bench Bar Conference sponsors, include Friday Arrival Full Conference Registration and Friday night lodging at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. These scholarships are available to attorneys with preference given to IndyBar members, those demonstrating an interest in active IndyBar and/or Indianapolis Bar Foundation participation, and those in practice five years or less. Applications are due May 8. Learn more and access the application form at indybenchbar.org.

IndyBar Review: Delivering the ‘Power to Pass’ for February Exam Takers

Indiana Bar Exam results for the February 2014 exam were released on Tuesday, April 29. Congrats to all successful takers! Ninety-four percent of McKinney School of Law graduates who took IndyBar Review, the IndyBar’s official bar review course, passed the exam, with a 100 percent pass rate for McKinney graduates who attended all live sessions.

Taking the July Bar Exam? There’s still time to sign up for IndyBar Review! To learn more about IndyBar Review and how it delivers the “power to pass,” visit indybar.org/barreview.•
 

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  1. Applause, applause, applause ..... but, is this duty to serve the constitutional order not much more incumbent upon the State, whose only aim is to be pure and unadulterated justice, than defense counsel, who is also charged with gaining a result for a client? I agree both are responsible, but it seems to me that the government attorneys bear a burden much heavier than defense counsel .... "“I note, much as we did in Mechling v. State, 16 N.E.3d 1015 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014), trans. denied, that the attorneys representing the State and the defendant are both officers of the court and have a responsibility to correct any obvious errors at the time they are committed."

  2. Do I have to hire an attorney to get co-guardianship of my brother? My father has guardianship and my older sister was his co-guardian until this Dec 2014 when she passed and my father was me to go on as the co-guardian, but funds are limit and we need to get this process taken care of quickly as our fathers health isn't the greatest. So please advise me if there is anyway to do this our self or if it requires a lawyer? Thank you

  3. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  4. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  5. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

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