Bar Crawl - 10/23/13

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Bar Crawl highlights bar association news around the state. Indiana Lawyer strives to include bar association news and trends in its regular stories, and we would like to include more news from specialty and county bars. If you’d like to submit an update about your bar association or a photo from an event your bar association has hosted, or if you have questions about having your bar association news included in the newspaper, please send it to Marilyn Odendahl at, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

St. Joe Bar Foundation helps mock trial team go to New York

The St. Joseph County Bar Foundation Inc. is helping a South Bend mock trial team compete in an international event.

The board approved making a $5,000 contribution to the John Adams High School Mock Trial Team to underwrite half the cost of the team’s trip to New York to compete in the 2013 Empire VII Mock Trial Invitational. The Hoosier students will be matched against teams from Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Korea and the United States.

ILAS and IBF open house shows off bright, new offices

The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society has completed its move into a larger office space which will help the organization service its growing roster of clients.

The non-profit legal assistance agency has stayed in the English Foundation Building, 615 N. Alabama St., but relocated to the north wing. The space, refurbished specifically to meet the needs of ILAS, has a larger waiting room, conference room and room for additional attorneys.

Grants from The United Way of Central Indiana Capital Fund and the Central Indiana Community Foundation made the new offices possible.

Along with the comfortable new space, ILAS also acquired a roommate. The Indiana Bar Foundation has relocated from its former offices on Ohio Street and is now leasing a portion of the new ILAS office space.

The two legal organizations will co-host a reception and open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the offices in Suite 122. A short program will be held beginning at 6 p.m.

Attorneys do variety of work during ISBA’s Day of Service

About 65 volunteers from bar associations performed a variety of tasks during the Indiana State Bar Association’s 2013 Day of Service on Sept. 21. Around the state attorneys cleaned yards, spruced up a nursing home and YMCA, and helped food banks harvest and stock food.

The idea of setting aside one day for lawyers to volunteer for non-legal work developed in the inaugural class of ISBA’s Leadership Development Academy. Members of the service committee said the goal was to encourage attorneys to get their hands dirty and help their communities.

 “The organizations with which we worked were extremely grateful for the help, time and effort that the volunteers put into their service,” said Jaime Oss, ISBA Service Committee chair.

Organizers hope to increase participation for the 2014 Day of Service which is scheduled for Sept. 20.•


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  1. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  2. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  3. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  4. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  5. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well