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IL Staff
August 31, 2011
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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.

ISBA to honor judges

The Indiana State Bar’s Federal Judiciary Committee, in conjunction with its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Litigation sections, has planned a reception honoring several members of the judiciary. The event is at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, outside courtroom 202, 46 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis.

Members of the judiciary to be honored at the event are: Hon. Jon E. DeGuilio, U.S. District Court; Hon. Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, U.S. District Court; Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, U.S. District Court; Hon. Mark J. Dinsmore, U.S. magistrate judge; and Hon. Denise K. LaRue, U.S. magistrate judge. Attendance is by invitation only.

Before the reception, at 2:30 p.m., the bar will offer a CLE titled “Dollars and Sense: Fee Shifting and Sanctions in Federal Practice,” which is eligible for two hours of ethics CLE. The CLE is $50 for the bar’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Litigation sections, $80 for other bar members, and $160 for non-members. For more information, or to make reservations, contact Sherry Allan at 800-266-2581 or sallan@inbar.org.

Indy Bar training

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s School Advocacy Program will offer a training session for lawyers, law students, and paralegals interested in supporting the educational success of children with special needs. Made possible through collaboration with the Marion County Foster Youth Education program, the advocacy program is supported by the Department of Child Services, Indianapolis Public Schools, United Way, and Marion County courts. Volunteers will be paired with students who have unmet special education needs and will work with the student, family, caregiver, and school system to secure appropriate education opportunities.

The free training is 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at the IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500, Indianapolis. No CLE is available. Participants may register online at www.indybar.org.•

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  2. If justice is not found in a court room, it's time to clean house!!! Even judges are accountable to a higher Judge!!!

  3. The small claims system, based on my recent and current usage of it, is not exactly a shining example of justice prevailing. The system appears slow and clunky and people involved seem uninterested in actually serving justice within a reasonable time frame. Any improvement in accountability and performance would gain a vote from me. Speaking of voting, what do the people know about judges and justice from the bench perspective. I think they have a tendency to "vote" for judges based on party affiliation or name coolness factor (like Stoner, for example!). I don't know what to do in my current situation other than grin and bear it, but my case is an example of things working neither smoothly, effectively nor expeditiously. After this experience I'd pay more to have the higher courts hear the case -- if I had the money. Oh the conundrum.

  4. My dear Smith, I was beginning to fear, from your absense, that some Obrien of the Nanny State had you in Room 101. So glad to see you back and speaking truth to power, old chum.

  5. here is one from Reason magazine. these are not my words, but they are legitimate concerns. http://reason.com/blog/2010/03/03/fearmongering-at-the-splc quote: "The Southern Poverty Law Center, which would paint a box of Wheaties as an extremist threat if it thought that would help it raise funds, has issued a new "intelligence report" announcing that "an astonishing 363 new Patriot groups appeared in 2009, with the totals going from 149 groups (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) -- a 244% jump." To illustrate how dangerous these groups are, the Center cites some recent arrests of right-wing figures for planning or carrying out violent attacks. But it doesn't demonstrate that any of the arrestees were a part of the Patriot milieu, and indeed it includes some cases involving racist skinheads, who are another movement entirely. As far as the SPLC is concerned, though, skinheads and Birchers and Glenn Beck fans are all tied together in one big ball of scary. The group delights in finding tenuous ties between the tendencies it tracks, then describing its discoveries in as ominous a tone as possible." --- I wonder if all the republicans that belong to the ISBA would like to know who and why this outfit was called upon to receive such accolades. I remember when they were off calling Trent Lott a bigot too. Preposterous that this man was brought to an overwhelmingly republican state to speak. This is a nakedly partisan institution and it was a seriously bad choice.

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