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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 conference

The Evansville Bar Association’s Business and Commercial Law Section will host the Southwestern Indiana Bankruptcy Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CDT) on March 13 at the Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, Phipps Center.

The keynote luncheon speaker is Kevin P. Dempsey, clerk for the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Indiana. Dempsey will talk about new clerk’s office procedures, new 3001/3002 rules and a preview of local rule changes. Attorneys Robert Musgrave, Kevin Kinkade, Steve LaPlante and Stacy Wissel will lead the afternoon session, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Robert Musgrave, Chapter 13 Trustee, is the seminar chair.

The morning session, from 8:30 to noon, is designed for creditors. Cost to attend that session is $30. The cost to attend the luncheon and attorney session is $100 for Business and Commercial Law Section members, $120 for Evansville bar members, and $160 for non-members.

To register, contact Denise Broome at denise@evvbar.org or 812-463-3201.

IndyBar event pairs students, lawyers

The Indianapolis Bar Association is hosting Take a Law Student to Lunch, from noon to 1 p.m. March 22 at the Hilton Indianapolis, 120 W. Market St. During this event, the Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson will be presented with the Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Award of Excellence.

This luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Law Student of the Year Award.

Cost to attend for attorneys is between $30 and $60. After registration, IndyBar will match a student and attorney.

Attorney registration is available online at http://www.indybar.org/events-education/calendar/2012-03-22/309. Attorneys wishing to be matched with a specific student may email iba@indybar.org.

Attorney registration covers the cost for students, who must be IndyBar student members to attend. Students may register online at: http://www.ibalunchwithalawyer.com/.•

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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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