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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.

5th graders show off their constitutional knowledge

A total of 350 fifth-grade students from seven schools around Indiana demonstrated their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution May 17 at the state capitol during the We The People elementary showcase.

The showcase was structured like a congressional hearing with teams of students answering questions posed by a panel of attorneys, judges and members of the community. Gov. Mike Pence welcomed the youngsters, and First Lady Karen Pence gave the general address.
 

WTP-elementary-15col.jpg Fort Wayne’s Canterbury School students (from left) Hadi Mohammed, Mihir Agnihotri, Noah Barr and Halle Bermes answered questions on the topic, “How does the Constitution protect your basic rights?” as part of the We The People elementary showcase May 17 in Indianapolis. (Photo submitted)

“Programs like We The People benefit our state as a whole,” she said. “I suspect a number of you will serve in this building (the Statehouse) one day.”

The schools that participated were Frank Hammond School, Munster; Kahler Middle School, Dyer; Grimmer Middle School, Schererville (three classes); Clark Middle School, St. John (two classes); Canterbury School, Fort Wayne (three classes); William Tell Elementary School, Tell City; and Maconaquah Elementary School, Bunker Hill.

All of the schools received either superior or outstanding assessments regarding the students’ knowledge.

The annual elementary showcase, along with the We The People civic education program, is organized by the Indiana Bar Foundation.

Indianapolis Bar Foundation awards 7 scholarships

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has awarded seven scholarships to law students to assist with their academic careers and to law school graduates preparing to take the Indiana Bar Exam in the summer of 2013.

Academic scholarships were presented to three students at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Michelle Langdon received the Rosalie F. Felton Scholarship; Kelli Liggett was given the Hon. William E. Steckler Scholarship; and Roya Parter received the Neil E. Shook Scholarship.

In addition, four individuals were given educational scholarships for the summer 2013 Indy Bar Review Course. The individuals are Christopher Gines, Andrea Kochert, Brandon Tate, and Adam Willfond.•
 

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  1. CCHP's real accomplishment is the 2015 law signed by Gov Pence that basically outlaws any annexation that is forced where a 65% majority of landowners in the affected area disagree. Regardless of whether HP wins or loses, the citizens of Indiana will not have another fiasco like this. The law Gov Pence signed is a direct result of this malgovernance.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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