Bar Crawl - 3/13/13

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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.

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

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,, 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues