Bar Crawl 8/28/13

IL Staff
August 28, 2013
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Bar Crawl

Bar Crawl highlights bar association news around the state. Indiana Lawyer strives to include bar association news and trends in its regular stories, and 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 Marilyn Odendahl at, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

ISBA launches Day of Serviceto encourage volunteer work

Attorneys and judges throughout the state are encouraged to volunteer in their communities during the Indiana State Bar Association’s inaugural Annual Day of Service Sept. 21.

The effort, organized by the newly created ISBA Service Committee, seeks to get members of the bench and bar to help their neighbors with nonlegal tasks such as serving at a local soup kitchen, cleaning up a park or assisting the Red Cross or Salvation Army.

 ISBA district liaisons will work with local bar associations to coordinate efforts in every county for the day of service event. For more information on how to get involved, visit and click on the “Day of Service” link under “Legal News” or email Catheryne Pully at 

IndyBar taking nominations for seats on board

Nominations are now being taken to fill vacancies on the Indianapolis Bar Association board of directors for 2014.

 Positions available are the first vice president (which will serve a one-year term before becoming the president-elect in 2014), treasurer, five at-large members of the board of managers, and an American Bar Association delegate.

 Letters of interest or the nomination form should be submitted to the IndyBar office by Sept. 16. The nominating committee will then select a slate of candidates which reflects the bar association’s geographic, ethnic, minority, gender and practice area diversity.

 For more information and to download a nominating form, visit

IndyBar approves guidelinesfor local judicial elections

The Indianapolis Bar Association board of directors has approved a set of model rule guidelines for the Marion County judicial selection system. This is part of the board’s effort to facilitate reform of judicial elections.

Drafted by the bar association’s Attorneys for an Independent Bench Committee, the guidelines set forth the rules for participating in judicial campaigns as well as the imposition of a slating fee. Covered are the procedure for disclosure, the conditions under which a judge must recuse himself or herself and the ability courts will have when firms make contributions.

The board of directors also approved a resolution empowering the AIB Committee to move forward with the rules and to continue advocating for the improvement of the Marion County judicial system.

For more information or to see a copy of the guidelines and resolution, visit

Cheese and pepperoni to boostIBF’s civic education events

Pizza maker Papa John’s is joining the Indiana Bar Foundation to support civic education.

The restaurant will make a monetary contribution for any lunch or dinner order made between now and Sept. 17. Orders must be made online to one of the 32 Indianapolis-area locations and include the discount code WTP15. The customer will receive a 15 percent discount and IBF will get a donation to its civic education programs.

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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.