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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.

We The People’ program to showcase civic education

Students from 12 Indiana high schools and middle schools will again be showcasing their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution in the annual “We The People” competition.

This national event which promotes civic education is organized in the Hoosier state by the Indiana Bar Foundation.

The state championship is scheduled for Dec. 17 - 19 in Indianapolis. Indiana’s newest Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush and Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long will be the guest speakers.

During the competition, the students will testify before panels of judges comprised primarily of attorneys, members of the judiciary, and community leaders, and answer questions about the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and American history. They must display critical thinking, research, teamwork and public speaking skills as well as content knowledge.

The winners will represent Indiana at the national finals in Washington, D.C., next spring.

District competitions were held earlier this fall at various locations around the state. Winners who have advanced to the state championship are:

High School

District 1 – Munster High School, Munster

District 3 – Homestead High School, Fort Wayne

District 4 – Plainfield High School, Plainfield

District 5 – Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers

District 7 – Cathedral High School, Indianapolis

District 8 – Evansville North High School, Evansville

District 9 – Floyd Central High School, Floyds Knobs

Wild Card – Fishers High School, Fishers

Wild Card – Covenant Christian High School, Indianapolis

Wild Card – Herron High School, Indianapolis

Wild Card – Wabash High School, Wabash

Wild Card – TBD

Middle School

District 1 – TBD - competition to be held Dec. 7

District 3 – St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Fort Wayne

District 3 – Carroll Middle School, Fort Wayne

District 4 – St. Malachy Parish School, Brownsburg

District 5 – Maconaquah Middle School, Bunker Hill

District 7 – St. Richards Episcopal School, Indianapolis

District 8 – Helfrich Park STEM Academy, Evansville

District 9 – Brown County Junior High School, Nashville

Wild Card – Canterbury School, Fort Wayne

Wild Card – RJ Baskett Middle School, Gas City

Wild Card – Thompkins Middle School, Evansville

Wild Card – Sidener Academy, Indianapolis•

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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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