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The Evansville Bar Association, along with the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, presented awards for service and pro bono work to attorneys at a lunch Wednesday.

Attorneys Jean Blanton, Allyson Breeden, and Jennifer Elston were given the Susan K. Helfrich Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Services. The attorneys, all from Ziemer Stayman Weitzel & Shoulders, were recognized by the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana for their unwavering dedication to providing pro bono services to residents of Southwestern Indiana.

The EBA presented the Doran Perdue Service Award to Dan J. Carwile in recognition of his leadership in the development of the 100th anniversary project of the Evansville Bar Association. He's also chaired the fundraising efforts among EBA members to restore the Superior Court courtroom in the Old Courthouse. As part of the Old Courthouse Foundation project, the bar association is working to memorialize the history of law in Vanderburgh County, which will be on permanent display in the foyer of the Superior Court courtroom. The Doran Perdue Service Award honors those members who have provided outstanding service to the association.

Donna M. Curtis, legal secretary at McFadin Higgins & Foltz in Mt. Vernon, was given the Florence Britzius Legal Secretary Award for her commitment to the profession and the legal community. Curtis, who's been a legal secretary for 30 years, has attended numerous seminars to improve her skills, and served as a mentor to other legal secretaries.

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  1. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  2. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  3. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  4. I totally agree with John Smith.

  5. An idea that would harm the public good which is protected by licensing. Might as well abolish doctor and health care professions licensing too. Ridiculous. Unrealistic. Would open the floodgates of mischief and abuse. Even veteranarians are licensed. How has deregulation served the public good in banking, for example? Enough ideology already!

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