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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 modendahl@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

MCBA yuletide festivities honor Darden and his wife

The Marion County Bar Association will be ringing in the yuletide season at its annual holiday party. Members and nonmembers alike are invited to the celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 at Zink Distributing Co, 3150 Shelby St., Indianapolis.

An open bar along with a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. The MCBA will honor Indiana Court of Appeals Senior Judge Carr Darden and his wife, Lundy, with a donation to his scholarship. In addition, Pamela Meanes, vice president of the National Bar Association, will give a special address to the MCBA.

Members will be able to vote for the association’s 2013 officers and board members during the party with the results announced at 8:45 p.m.

The party is a ticketed event, and reservations are required. To get tickets, visit http://mcbaholidayreception.eventbrite.com or mail your RSVP and check to MCBA, P.O. Box 603, Indianapolis, IN 46206.

Admission is free for 2012 and 2013 MCBA members and judges. The cost for nonmembers is $10 per ticket.

For more information, contact Trezanay M. Atkins, chair of the 2012 MCBA Holiday Party Committee, at 877-834-4007, ext. 2, or email tatkins@thebrandinfringementfirm.com

IndyBar fellows cook, serve meals to needy families

For the fourth year, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation fellows prepared and served dinner to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The attorneys offered an array of home-cooked foods including barbecue and baked beans at the evening meal Nov. 1.

Those fellows who could not volunteer their time donated households items and cleaning supplies to the home for families with children in the hospital.

The 2012 class of fellows also worked in the kitchen and helped prepare a meal at Indianapolis-based nonprofit Second Helpings. The activity was part of the class’s service project.

Holiday Soul Celebration includes Marion County Bar

The Marion County Bar Association will be among the organizations celebrating at the 10th Annual Indianapolis Minority Joint Professional Committee Holiday Soul Celebration.

The festivities will be from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 8 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E. 21st St. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door.

Semi-formal or professional attire is required. The evening will include live entertainment, food buffet and cash bar, door prizes, a silent auction and raffles. Parking is free and discounted hotel rooms are available on a limited basis.

Proceeds leftover after covering the general operating expenses required to host this event will be distributed as scholarship or general purpose funds to the eight IMJPC member organizations, including the Marion County Bar Association.•

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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!

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  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.

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