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Bar Crawl - 12/18/13

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

Lake County Bar annual dinner to welcome Justice Rucker

Indiana Justice Robert Rucker will be the guest speaker at the Lake County Bar Association installation dinner and celebration.

The Jan. 10 event at the Marquette Park Pavilion in Gary will recognize colleagues and honor traditions. Michael Tolbert, partner at Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP, will be installed as the association’s new president.

IndyBar paralegals collect record number of stuffed toys

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Paralegal Committee has collected 5,731 stuffed animals from area paralegals for emergency responders to give to children after a traumatic event, the IndyBar announced Dec. 5.

The “Bears on Patrol” program provides children exposed to violence, abuse and other traumas with teddy bears for comfort and relief. The program is run by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and Wishard Health Services EMS.

This year’s total is the most ever collected through the IndyBar Paralegal Committee. Paralegals from Frost Brown Todd won the challenge this year, collecting 1,583 bears, the most by a group. Justice Law Office donated the most bears per employee by giving 45 per employee.

Julia Kleinschmidt, chair-elect of the IndyBar Paralegal Committee, said participation in the program builds strong ties between the public safety agencies and Indianapolis-area law firms. Kleinschmidt is a paralegal at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, which collected 964 stuffed animals this year.•

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  1. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  2. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  3. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  4. I totally agree with John Smith.

  5. An idea that would harm the public good which is protected by licensing. Might as well abolish doctor and health care professions licensing too. Ridiculous. Unrealistic. Would open the floodgates of mischief and abuse. Even veteranarians are licensed. How has deregulation served the public good in banking, for example? Enough ideology already!

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