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An attorney received an award from the FBI's Indianapolis Office for her support of the FBI's community outreach efforts and for furthering the agency's mission.

Liberty Roberts, a partner at Collier-Magar & Roberts, received the 2009 Director's Community Leadership Award from Michael S. Welch, special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Office Dec. 4.

The 2005 graduate of the FBI Citizens' Academy is president-elect of the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Chapter of the FBI Citizens' Academy Foundation, which funds the training sessions. Her term as president starts in 2010.

To support the FBI's mission, Roberts co-chaired the committee and donated hundreds of hours of her time to organize the FBI's 100th anniversary celebration in 2008. She also supported the FBI's annual summer picnic in July, which hosted more than 500 people for the event that connects the FBI employees to local law enforcement officers and the community.

She has actively encouraged other community members, particularly other attorneys she knows, to consider applying for the academy. Indianapolis classes take place one night a week during the fall, including a Saturday class that includes firearms training at a shooting range.

The FBI will also offer intensive citizens' academies in Fort Wayne and Merrillville during spring 2010 that will take place over a Thursday evening, an entire Friday, and all day Saturday. The Fort Wayne sessions take place the weekend of May 13-15; the Merrillville sessions take place the weekend of May 20-22. Classes will have no more than 25 students. Applications for those sessions are due by Dec. 18.

Applications for the fall 2010 Indianapolis sessions are due in April; those interested are encouraged to apply early.

More information about how to apply for any of the upcoming citizens' academy sessions can be obtained from Kathy Sipes at (317) 321-6119 or Kathryn.Sipes@ic.fbi.gov .

Indiana Lawyer reported about attorneys who have gone through the citizens' academy in the April 16-29, 2008, edition.

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  1. Too many attorneys take their position as a license to intimidate and threaten non attorneys in person and by mail. Did find it ironic that a reader moved to comment twice on this article could not complete a paragraph without resorting to insulting name calling (rethuglican) as a substitute for reasoned discussion. Some people will never get the point this action should have made.

  2. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  3. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  4. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.

  5. I have dealt with more than a few I-465 moat-protected government attorneys and even judges who just cannot seem to wrap their heads around the core of this 800 year old document. I guess monarchial privileges and powers corrupt still ..... from an academic website on this fantastic "treaty" between the King and the people ... "Enduring Principles of Liberty Magna Carta was written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king. There are two principles expressed in Magna Carta that resonate to this day: "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land." "To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice." Inspiration for Americans During the American Revolution, Magna Carta served to inspire and justify action in liberty’s defense. The colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta. They embedded those rights into the laws of their states and later into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution ("no person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.") is a direct descendent of Magna Carta's guarantee of proceedings according to the "law of the land." http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/

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