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Ask a Lawyer Volunteers Needed

Attorneys are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Fall 2010 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 12. Volunteers are being sought for for one of two shifts, 2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m., at the program’s Brightwood, East Washington, East 38th Street and Shelby library locations. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org or call her at 269-2000.

Need to Prep for MPRE?

Don’t miss the IndyBar’s MPRE Review Course on Friday, October 29. This course is open to both attorneys and students. Go to www.indybar.org to learn more or to register.

Get Great IU Football Discounts for Law Day!

Enjoy a day of football at Indiana University as the Hoosiers take on Arkansas State on October 16. This date will mark “Law Day” at Memorial Stadium, and IndyBar members can snag great discounts on adult and youth tickets for this game. Look elsewhere in this issue for an order form or log on to www.indybar.org. Ticket requests must be made by October 8.

Pro Bono Award Nominations Sought

Each year the Indianapolis Bar Association recognizes the extraordinary volunteer efforts of its members through the presentation of Pro Bono Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted for this year’s awards. The Pro Bono Award will be presented at the Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, November 10 at The Conrad Hotel. The award recipient needs to be a member of the IBA, and you are encouraged to consider actively practicing lawyers, retired lawyers, in-house and corporate counsel, law firms, law students and paralegals who have made outstanding contributions toward delivering volunteer legal services to the poor and disadvantaged. All IBA members, in the various facets of the legal profession, can be considered for the award. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, October 13. Nominations or questions about the award can be directed to Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Solo and Small Firm Practitioners: This Program is for You!

Through the upcoming Surviving and Thriving program on Friday, October 8, the IndyBar’s Solo/Small Firm Section and Professionalism Committee are proud to provide solo and small firm practitioners—whether newly graduated, seasoned pros or those transitioning to the solo/small firm world—with the tools, information and connections to not only survive, but thrive in the practice of law. In just one day you’ll get practical advice, answers to questions and important tips on how to build a successful business. Relevant programming combined with respected local speakers make Surviving and Thriving an essential and cost effective program for all solo and small firm practitioners. 6.0 hours of CLE credit are available in the full day program. To view the agenda and to access online registration go to indybar.org!•

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  1. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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