Duncan: You can make an impact with the IBF

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duncan-davidThe Board of Directors and Committee Chairs of your Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) are hard at work steadfastly planning another great year for the IBF. While the planning efforts are in full swing, we need your help to make our initiatives a success in 2014.

The Impact Committee, chaired by Melanie Reichert, is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Impact Fund Grant. The project to be funded by the Impact Fund Grant must satisfy the IBF’s purpose to advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education and service. The recipient will receive up to $35,000 to fund its project. Through its grant award, the IBF wishes to support a project presented by an organization or collaborating organizations that seek to effect a substantial positive impact in central Indiana.

More information on the 2014 grant process, past recipients, and a link to this year’s grant application are available on the IBF’s website at Please share this information with any organizations you believe may have an interest in applying for the 2014 Impact Fund Grant. The deadline for initial proposals is April 1, 2014.

All applications will be reviewed by members of the Impact Committee and the field will be narrowed to the two or three candidates which the Impact Committee has determined best satisfy the grant criteria. Having served on the Impact Committee previously, I can attest to the diligent efforts of the committee members in analyzing grant applications, critiquing submissions and rigorously vetting these applicants. Their collective efforts speak for themselves in light of the finalists presented over the last three years, including: Indiana Legal Services, Indy Reads, Peace Learning Center, Reach for Youth, and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

Presentations from each of the finalists will be made available to the IBF’s Distinguish Fellows and Senior Fellows for their selection of the final recipient. The award of the 2014 Impact Fund Grant will be announced May 23, 2014.

While the IBF truly is unique in that it allows its top donors to select the final recipient of the foundation’s largest grant, this democratic process cannot guarantee that the most qualified organizations and programs apply. So I ask for every member’s help in spreading the word and sharing this information with anyone you feel may be interested.

Additionally, the Golf Committee, chaired by Ned Mulligan, has scheduled this year’s Lawyer’s Link Golf Classic for July 17 at the Country Club of Indianapolis. Registration is now open and is sure to fill up faster than usual with everyone itching to enjoy warmer weather to come after one of the coldest winters on record. For registration and sponsorship opportunities please contact Chris Walsh at the IndyBar at 269-2000.

Finally, every IndyBar member can make a tangible impact by donating to the IBF. This is our foundation and none of what we accomplish is possible without your continued generosity and support. Please commit to being a part of our Impact of One campaign and donate your one billable hour at•


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

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  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.