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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. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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