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In April and early May, bar associations around the state and the Indiana Supreme Court celebrated Law Day, which is officially May 1, according to the American Bar Association. This year’s theme is “Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions and Emerging Challenges.”

Law Day was started by the ABA May 1, 1958, as a way to encourage the legal community to host events for the general public and to work with classrooms to explain to students of all ages how the judicial system works.

As part of the Indiana Supreme Court’s educational outreach program Courts in the Classroom, two groups of students participated in a re-enactment of Brown v. Board of Education April 30. A webcast of the event and supplementary educational materials are on the court’s website. Students from four schools and several home-school groups visited the Supreme Court at the Statehouse. Many participated by reading trial transcripts and descriptions of various players in the landmark case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States May 17, 1954.

Lake County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section organized events for April 30 for eighth-graders at eight schools in northwest Indiana. Featured speakers of the 30 volunteer attorneys included Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, Lake Superior Judge Jeffery Dywan, and Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter. The talks centered around this year’s theme, with a focus on technology and the law, including copyright issues associated with the illegal downloading of music off the Internet. Students were also eligible to enter an essay contest about legal issues.

On May 1, the St. Joseph County Bar Association and the St. Joseph County Public Library co-sponsored a presentation of a courtroom scene from “To Kill a Mockingbird” performed by Adams High School students at the St. Joseph County Courthouse.

The presentation, which was open to the public, was part of the events to celebrate “One Book, One Michiana,” which has encouraged northern Indiana residents to read the classic novel by Harper Lee. In the past, SJCBA has had mock trials to celebrate Law Day, but it decided to work with this program for this year, according to Amy McGuire, SJCBA executive director.

The Allen County Bar Association hosted its annual Law Day luncheon, Liberty Bell Award presentation, and Volunteer Lawyer Program recognition at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne May 5. The 2010 Liberty Bell Award, which is given to non-lawyers who support social justice, was given to Rachel Tobin-Smith, executive director of Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.

The Evansville Bar Association hosted its annual mock trial presentations and lunch for students April 29, and the bar association celebrated its annual Red Mass to bless the legal community April 30. Earlier in the month, the EBA recognized Judge J. Douglas Knight, past president of the bar association and past co-chair of the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, with the James Bethel Gresham Award. On April 21, the EBA and Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwest Indiana recognized attorney P. Michael Mitchell of Bamberger Foreman Oswald & Hahn; Scott Wylie, who works for the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwest Indiana; legal secretary Teresa Koch, who works for Bamberger Foreman Oswald & Hahn; and paralegal Lauren Hall Jones.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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