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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 modendahl@ibj.com, 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 www.inbar.org and click on the “Day of Service” link under “Legal News” or email Catheryne Pully at cpully@inbar.org. 

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 www.indybar.org.

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 www.indybar.org.

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.

Visit www.inbf.org for more information.•

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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

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