Bar crawl - 5/11/11

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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, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks in advance of the issue date.

ISBA solo and small firm event

The Indiana State Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Conference will be June 2 through 4 at the French Lick Springs Hotel. Early registration deadline is May 18, and registration may be made via the bar’s website: Rooms may be reserved online at or by phone at 888-936-9360 (the group code for this event is 0611ISB). For more information, contact Maryann Williams at 800-266-2581 or

IBA bench bar conference

The Indianapolis Bar Association will host the 2011 Bench Bar Conference June 16 through 18 at French Lick Springs Resort & Casino. The deadline for discount room rates is May 16. Rooms may be reserved online at (the group code for the event is 0611IBA) or by calling 888-936-9360 and asking for the IBA rate. Registration is open to members of the IBA, all attorneys licensed in Indiana, conference sponsors, and their personal guests. For more information, contact Julie Armstrong at

Violence response conference

The St. Joseph County Bar Association will host a Community Coordinated Response Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 and 20 at Morris Park Country Club, 2200 McKinley Ave., South Bend. The cost to attend each day is $49 and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Presented by Family & Children’s Center, YWCA North Central Indiana, and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the conference will be led by trainers who specialize in the Duluth Model. This model provides a method for communities to coordinate their responses to domestic violence through an inter-agency approach that brings together justice and human service interventions with the primary goal of protecting victims from ongoing abuse. Registration deadline is May 13. For more information, contact Mary Burzynski at 574-259-5666 or

IBF Impact Fund grant project

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has reorganized its grant-making activity with the intent to provide greater impact with its dollars. Its Impact Fund is now organized to provide a single high-dollar grant to an Indianapolis area project meeting the purpose of the IBF. The 2011 grant amount is $35,000.

To be considered, a project must advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education, and service. The IBF wishes to support a project presented by an organization or collaborating organizations that creates a substantial positive impact in central Indiana.

Criteria for the grant specify that: project funding may be awarded only to non-profit organizations; the project benefits the central Indiana community, as a whole, including its impact on the image of the legal profession; the project presents opportunities for members of the central Indiana legal community to participate on a pro bono or modest means basis; the project articulates a plan to be sustained by other funding beyond the potential financial award from the IBF; the project represents either a new venture for the applicant organization(s) or a plan for significant supplementation to an existing service.

Applications are due by June 15, 2011, and are available at

Funds will be awarded by August.•


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.