Bar Crawl - 8/14/2013

IL Staff
August 14, 2013
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Bar Crawl

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.

IndyBar taking applications for exam prep course

Law students planning to take the Indiana bar exam in February may apply for a scholarship to the Indianapolis Bar Association’s winter 2014 IndyBar review session.

The bar exam preparation course is a comprehensive program designed to give students the knowledge and practice needed to pass the bar exam.

Two scholarships are available to IndyBar law student members and selection is based on financial need, with consideration also given to the student’s activity in the association’s law student division. The application deadline is Nov. 1.

For more information, visit the bar association’s website at

Recognition awards to honor pro bono and education work

The Indianapolis Bar Association is taking nominations for the Dr. John Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education and the IndyBar Pro Bono Awards.

The Pro Bono Awards honor practicing lawyers, retired lawyers, in-house and corporate counsel, law firms, law students and paralegals who have made outstanding contributions to deliver volunteer legal assistance to the poor and disadvantaged.

The Finney education award recognizes an individual who has made significant and unique contributions to further legal education.

Nominations are due Sept. 30, 2013. The award will be presented during the recognition luncheon on Nov. 8.

To get a nomination form or register for the luncheon, visit

State bar seeking volunteers for association’s committees

Indiana State Bar Association members are being encouraged to volunteer their time and effort to work on one of organization’s committees.

Openings are available on both the standing and special committees. All members interested in serving on a committee should fill out the form, indicating first and second preferences, and return the information to ISBA Executive Director Tom Pyrz by Aug. 23.

The committees perform a range of work from monitoring the activities that affect the federal court system and promoting health among judges, lawyers and their staffs to facilitating the delivery of high-quality continuing legal education programs.

For more information and a sign-up form, visit•


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.