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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. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

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  3. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  4. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

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