Bar Crawl - 7/31/13

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

Indianapolis Bar making callfor Green Initiative members

The Indianapolis Bar Association is taking applications for its environmental program, Green Legal Initiative.

Now in its second year, the initiative encourages the legal community to commit to practicing law in ways that are environmentally safe and sustainable.

To participate, legal entities must complete a Green Legal Initiative application. Also, they can evaluate their green status by submitting a Green Business Practice Certification and complying with green business practices in such categories as water and energy conservation, paper reduction and recycling.

Green Legal Initiative members will be recognized by the IndyBar at the annual recognition luncheon and on the bar association’s website.

Applications are due by Sept. 13. For more information, visit

Indiana Bar Foundation names Legendary Lawyer for 2013

Retired Indianapolis attorney Henry C. Ryder has been selected to receive the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s 2013 Legendary Lawyer Award.

The Legendary Lawyer Award recognizes an IBF fellow whose service to the community and legal career have demonstrated the highest standards of the legal profession.

Ryder practiced law for 54 years, retiring eight years ago. He focused much of his work on representing management in labor relations and employment matters.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1951, Ryder served two years during the Korean War. Upon returning home, he joined the Indianapolis firm of Buschmann Krieg DeVault and Alexander in 1953.

Seven years later, Ryder and William E. Roberts founded the firm Roberts & Ryder. He finished his career as a partner and of counsel at Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Ryder will receive the award at a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Barnes & Thornburg. To reserve a seat, contact the IBF at 317-269-2415.•


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  1. Great observation Smith. By my lights, speaking personally, they already have. They counted my religious perspective in a pro-life context as a symptom of mental illness and then violated all semblance of due process to banish me for life from the Indiana bar. The headline reveals the truth of the Hoosier elite's animus. Details here: Denied 2016 petition for cert (this time around): (“2016Pet”) Amicus brief 2016: (“2016Amici”) As many may recall, I was banned for five years for failing to "repent" of my religious views on life and the law when a bar examiner demanded it of me, resulting in a time out to reconsider my "clinging." The time out did not work, so now I am banned for life. Here is the five year time out order: Denied 2010 petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): (“2010Pet”) Read this quickly if you are going to read it, the elites will likely demand it be pulled down or pile comments on to bury it. (As they have buried me.)

  2. if the proabortion zealots and intolerant secularist anti-religious bigots keep on shutting down every hint of religious observance in american society, or attacking every ounce of respect that the state may have left for it, they may just break off their teeth.

  3. "drug dealers and traffickers need to be locked up". "we cannot afford just to continue to build prisons". "drug abuse is strangling many families and communities". "establishing more treatment and prevention programs will also be priorities". Seems to be what politicians have been saying for at least three decades now. If these are the most original thoughts these two have on the issues of drug trafficking and drug abuse, then we're no closer to solving the problem than we were back in the 90s when crack cocaine was the epidemic. We really need to begin demanding more original thought from those we elect to office. We also need to begin to accept that each of us is part of the solution to a problem that government cannot solve.

  4. What is with the bias exclusion of the only candidate that made sense, Rex Bell? The Democrat and Republican Party have created this problem, why on earth would anyone believe they are able to fix it without pushing government into matters it doesn't belong?

  5. This is what happens when daddy hands over a business to his moron son and thinks that everything will be ok. this bankruptcy is nothing more than Gary pulling the strings to never pay the creditors that he and his son have ripped off. they are scum and they know it.