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Disciplinary Action; June 8, 2011

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Indiana Lawyer Disciplinary Actions

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission brings charges against attorneys who have violated the state’s rules for admission to the bar and Rules of Professional Conduct. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications brings charges against judges, judicial officers, or judicial candidates for misconduct. Details of attorneys’ and judges’ actions for which they are being disciplined by the Supreme Court will be included unless they are not a matter of public record under the court’s rules.

Barred From Practice
Joshua S. Parilman of Arizona has been barred indefinitely from practicing law in Indiana, including temporary admission and solicitation of clients, until further order of the court, in a Supreme Court order filed May 27, 2011. Parilman practices law in Arizona and is not licensed in Indiana. In 2010, he advertised his practice on radio stations broadcasting in Indiana as a national firm that specialized in automobile accidents. The court found he violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rules prohibiting the following misconduct: Falsely representing that the attorney is admitted to practice in Indiana; Using a public communication containing false, misleading and/or deceptive statements; Making a statement that contains a representation or implication that is likely to cause an ordinary prudent person to misunderstand or be deceived; and, Making a statement of specialization when not authorized.

Contempt of Court/Fine
Richard M. Bash of Hot Springs, Ark., has been held in contempt of court and fined $500 in a Supreme Court order filed May 27, 2011. Bash was suspended from the practice of law in Indiana beginning March 21, 2008. In May 2009, he represented a friend whose house had been damaged. By holding himself out as an attorney and practicing law while suspended, the court determined Bash was in violation and in contempt of the court’s order. Because the misconduct did not appear to be ongoing, the court concluded that a $500 fine is sufficient discipline.

Resignation
Monty B. Arvin of Howard County resigned from the bar, pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(17). The Supreme Court accepted Arvin’s resignation in an order filed May 27, 2011. Arvin is ineligible to petition for reinstatement to the practice of law in Indiana for five years.•

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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