MichaelJ.Hebenstreit

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Hebenstreit: Thanks

January 4, 2012
Three hundred sixty five days sounds like a long time, but 2011 has flown by very quickly. This is my last column in Indiana Lawyer.
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Hebenstreit: FIGHT ON!

December 21, 2011
Less than 24 hours ago, I knew exactly what my topic for this column was going to be.
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Hebenstreit: Making a Difference in a Child's Life

December 7, 2011
IndyBar President Michael Hebenstreit writes about volunteering to be a child advocate or guardian ad litem.
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Hebenstreit: Judicial Elections Just Around the Corner

November 23, 2011
IBA President Michael Hebenstreit recognizes that the elections are over and everyone wants to get back to normal life again … but the process is beginning again.
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Hebenstreit: Too Many Clients?

November 9, 2011
Do you have too many clients? If so, you can probably skip this article; but, if not please read on.
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Hebenstreit: FLYING SOLO????!!!!!

October 26, 2011
In the current legal market, there are many lawyers, both new and more experienced, who find that they have to "go it on their own."
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Hebenstreit: With a Need so Great, What Will We Do?

October 12, 2011
We all know what pro bono legal service means and probably know or believe that it is a good idea. But have you ever thought about how it actually works?
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Hebenstreit: Lawyers and the Election Process

September 28, 2011
In 2010, 61.2% of Hoosiers were registered to vote which placed us in 43rd place in the United States. We were even worse in voter turnout. Only 39.4% of Indiana residents actually voted in the 2010 elections which placed us in 48th position. The national average was 45.4%—a full six points higher than Indiana was able to muster.
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Hebenstreit: Collaborating to Provide Services for All

September 14, 2011
Service has always been important, but in today’s frenetic world, receiving good and prompt service is critical.
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IBA Editorial: Court Funding in Critical Condition Nationwide

August 31, 2011
One of the corner stones of our American system of jurisprudence is free and open access to the trial courts and judicial system. The ability of businesses to solve their disputes in an orderly fashion and the predictability of outcomes encourages business to be conducted in our country.
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  1. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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