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The Marion County Bar Association is continuing to advance its mission with a special event to reconnect with past members and welcome new members.

The organization will host a membership drive from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4, at the Indianapolis Propylaeum, 1410 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis.

The event, MCBA Membership Drive: Advancing Our Future – Reclaiming Our Past, will provide an opportunity to network and learn about ways to help advance the association’s mission. Also, attendees can explore MCBA’s programs like mentoring students at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy students.

“Today, the MCBA seeks to encourage diversity in the Indianapolis legal community and promote truth, justice and fairness through education, professional development and community involvement,” said Cassandra Bentley McNair, association president. “In order to do that, the MCBA hopes to use the membership drive to raise awareness about the organization and encourage like-minded individuals to become active in its efforts.”

The membership drive is free but reservations are requested. RSVP by email to mcba@mcbaindy.org.



 

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  • Recipe for disaster
    I see that the Congressional Black Caucus is attempting lead their constituents into agreement, in effect, with the MCBA's statement that thousands of police are targeting AA men, for murder, due to race. This well over the top statement, coupled to activists threatening to kill white cops, coupled to a new phone app that allegedly identifies the places where racist cops are found, is so very troubling. America, America, God shed His Grace on thee .... are we throwing it all away to make political points, points made in a fashion that may very well result in the assassination of some or our nation's finest, black and white? "Caught in the middle are blacks working in law enforcement. There were an estimated 55,267 African-Americans in local police departments and an additional 15,500 in sheriff’s departments in 2007, the latest information available from the Justice Department. “We’re called things like Uncle Toms and traitors to our community, in spite of the fact that we sympathize or we agree with the anger that our community holds, because we feel that same anger,” said Noel Leader, a retired New York City police sergeant who in 1995 co-founded an advocacy group, 100 Blacks In Law Enforcement Who Care." http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014/12/11/black-officer-im-called-uncle-tom/ I must ask ..... will the MCBA recall, before someone is killed for such emotional rather than factual sentiments, the following incendiary statement that it recently issued: "“This situation is not just about the death of Michael Brown, but the thousands of other African-Americans who are disproportionately targeted and killed by police officers.”
    • Diversity calling
      If the MCBA wants to have a speaker in with a diverse viewpoint, and one that can really call a nation to action, and their association to a greater purpose, maybe even greater membership, certainly to greater relevance, then I humbly suggest this fine man, who brings an alternative perspective to the MCBA's call to street protest ala Rerguson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B092acMImJE
    • Almost mea culpa
      When I posted this I did not realize that the Marion County Bar Association was a group that historically defined itself by race, and in particular as follows: "The Marion County Bar Association is an affiliate chapter of the National Bar Association that has historically served the needs of African-American attorneys in the Indianapolis area since 1925. Today, the MCBA seeks to encourage diversity in the Indianapolis legal community ..." Had I known that history I likely would not have posted the comment below in response to its call for the following: “While we share in the public’s outrage, the MCBA does not condone the violence that a small minority of protesters have resorted to,” the association’s statement continued. “However, the majority of the protests have been peaceful, and we stand with those who are exercising their First Amendment rights to protest the actions of their government.” I wrongly assumed the MCBA to be a race neutral and fully integrated organization representing the majority of attorneys in Indy. My ignorance has been cured. Being white, racial preferences and set asides is not an option for me, and so it is not my default when thinking about other groups. I just assume full integration, as it is easy for me to do. I apologize if my comment came off as racially insensitive. It was not intended so, but rather was intended as a comment the wrongheadedness of the MCBA encouraging events like those taking place in Feguson in response to due process of the law and nearly sacred procedures dating back to Magna Carta. IMHO the results of grand jury failures to indict should not results in mass protests, and lawyers should not encourage the same. Change the law if need be, set up test cases, but mass protests based upon individual cases .... not causes, but individual cases ... lawyers of any color should not encourage, at least by my lights. It is a path toward lawlessness.
      • Seeking grants
        Will the MCBA be offering any mentoring in fomenting public protests over legal process that is seemingly unfair into full fledged riots and pre-Christmas looting?

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