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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.

Evansville Bar Foundation taking nominations for board

The Evansville Bar Foundation is taking nominations for its board of directors.

Members of the board of directors are expected to attend board meetings regularly; attend EBA Foundation and EBA activities and social functions; promote involvement in the foundation initiatives; and review written materials.

The foundation was formed in 1999 with the mission of promoting justice and improving lives through the law.

Anyone interested in serving on the board should submit a letter of interest to the EBF, 401 SE 6th St., Suite 101, Evansville, IN 47713 or email susan@evvbar.org.

IBF launches pro bono website to help underserved Hoosiers

The new Indiana Legal Answers website is giving a number of Hoosiers access to counsel they might not otherwise be able to get. Since going live in mid-January, the online legal service has received 40 questions and had 34 attorneys volunteer to provide answers.

The site, www.indianalegalanswers.org, enables residents to post a legal question and get a response within 30 days. Attorneys are notified when new questions in their areas of expertise are posted, and they can decide whether they want to provide an answer.

“All in all, it’s worked really well,” said Charles Dunlap, executive director of the Indiana Bar Foundation. “Frankly, I’d like to have more questions.”

To date, the questions have ranged from visitation and garnishment to foreclosure and employment discrimination. However, most of the inquiries fall into the family law area.

The IBF along with the Indiana Pro Bono Commission worked to set up and launch the website. The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Bar Association gave Indiana the computer program at no charge, and Barnes & Thornburg LLP provided technical assistance in getting the program operating.

The site is geared toward individuals who are not income eligible for legal services but do not have enough resources to hire an attorney on their own. In addition, Dunlap hopes the website will provide a service to residents in rural areas where few attorneys are available and to pro se clients who have a question or need a little help with the legal process.

Attorneys interested in participating in the online service or wanting more information should visit the website and click on the “Lawyers Sign UP!” button in the top right corner.

Artwork honoring Randall Shepardset to be unveiled at Wabash

The Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Development Academy has selected a design for the artwork that will honor retired Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. A special ceremony to unveil the winning submission will be held at 4:30 p.m. March 14 at the Salter Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center at Wabash College.

The inaugural class of the LDA launched this effort as their class service project. They joined the city of Evansville and put out a call to Indiana college students for proposals that would create an interactive work of art to both honor Shepard and encourage youngsters to play outside and be physically active.

“Frankly, we were blown away by the creativity shown in the submissions,” said Casey Kannenberg, LDA graduate and member of the project’s steering committee. He noted the skill and creativity of the student artists took the project beyond what the committee had envisioned.

“Everybody’s pretty excited,” Kannenberg said.

The winning design will be located in the new Bicentennial Park in Shepard’s hometown of Evansville. Originally, the park was scheduled to open July 4, 2013, but the opening has been delayed several months.

Two Wabash art majors – Mark Shaylor and John Vosel – were chosen as finalists in the statewide competition. As part of the project, the LDA had planned on awarding one $2,000 scholarship to the winning student. However because the entries were narrowed to two proposals from Wabash and the finalists were asked to put in some extra work and revise their designs, the committee decided to award scholarships to both students.

The unveiling ceremony will include Shepard, former ISBA president C. Erik Chickedantz, and Wabash College president Patrick E. White, along with members of the LDA inaugural class.•

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  1. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  2. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  3. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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