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Bar Crawl - 4/13/11

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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.

Event to aid pro bono clinic

On April 20, the Columbus Applebee’s restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales to Legal Aid District 11, which serves Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, and Jennings counties. Diners must present a coupon to servers in order for the donation to be processed. Alaina Sullivan, executive director of Legal Aid District 11, said people may contact her to request an e-mail with the coupon attached at: 812-314-2721 or lade@iquest.net.

Trial lawyers group seminar

The Indiana Trial Lawyer’s Association will present a lifetime achievement award to Judge George Gray during its annual two-day seminar on April 28 and 29 at the Sheraton Hotel in Indianapolis. Among the guest speakers are Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David and Ned Miltenberg, an appellate and constitutional lawyer who works for the National Legal Scholars Law Firm. Program and registration information is available on the ITLA website: www.indianatriallawyers.org.

Justice speaks at law luncheon

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David will be the keynote speaker at the Allen County Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon. The event’s theme is “The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo,” and invites attendees to reflect on the life of John Adams and the role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused. The luncheon is from noon to 1:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Grand Wayne Center in Ft. Wayne. Deadline for registration is April 27. Registration information is available on the ABA’s website: www.allencountybar.org.

Women in Law update

In the March 30 edition of Bar Crawl, Indiana Lawyer reported that Patty McKinnon spoke at an Indiana State Bar Association Women in Law event for Girl Scouts titled “Lady Justice.” Naima Stevenson, assistant general counsel for the NCAA, made the presentation in place of McKinnon, who was unable to be at the event.•

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  1. 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.

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

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

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  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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