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Bar Crawl

Bar Crawl is Indiana Lawyer’s section highlighting bar association news around the state. The IL 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 Jenny Montgomery at jmontgomery@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks in advance of the issue date.

Evansville bar forms Access to Justice group

Evansville Bar Association president Todd Glass has announced the formation of a new Access to Justice committee which aims to promote and enhance access to pro bono services in the greater Evansville area. The committee will look at collaborative efforts among local pro bono providers, including the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwest Indiana, the Legal Aid Society and Indiana Legal Services.

Glass wrote in the February issue of the bar’s newsletter that attorney Charles Hewins will lead the new committee, which will help generate ideas about how to replenish dwindling funds for pro bono providers.

IndyBar lawyers draft wills

Indianapolis Bar Association attorneys draft wills free of charge as part of the bar’s Low Asset Wills Program. Qualified individuals can meet privately with an attorney who will draft a last will and testament and advance directives. Applications for the program are available on the IndyBar’s website: http://www.indybar.org/

Dred Scott lecture March 6

In celebration of Black History Month, the Indiana Supreme Court, in conjunction with the Indiana Bar Foundation and Martin University, is hosting a free CLE from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 on the campus of Martin University in Indianapolis.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, author of “Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story,” will talk about the implications of the March 6, 1857, decision in Dred Scott v. Sanford. In that case, the United States Supreme Court majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, held that black people would never be citizens. Also speaking will be Lynne M. Jackson, great-great-granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott, who will offer her personal perspective on her family and the ruling. She is president and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in St. Louis, Mo.

Reservations are required and may be made online using the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Lecture Series CLE Registration form found at: http://tinyURL.com/Feb28CLE 

CLE credit is free (1.5 hours for Course #149775) and registration with attorney number will be completed at the door. For more information, contact Sarah Kidwell at sarah.kidwell@courts.IN.gov.•

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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