IBA Frontlines - 11/6/13

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Running for Judicial Office in 2014?

The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Standing Committee requests that any non-incumbent candidates that will seek election to the Marion Circuit or Superior Court bench in 2014 notify the bar in preparation for the committee’s non-partisan judicial evaluation. Please contact Julie Armstrong at by Nov. 9.

Celebrate the Season with the IndyBar

Mark Thursday, Dec. 12 on your calendar for the annual Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Holiday Party. Members are invited to join us for a festive celebration of the season at Market Table at the Alexander Hotel from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be available. Register online at

Welcome New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

Courtroom connotations: stress, contention and opposition. Let the IndyBar change that for you—participate in a warm, wonderful Naturalization Ceremony. Twice a month, the IndyBar sends representatives to the Naturalization Ceremonies to give welcoming words to the new citizens. Ceremonies are held in the federal courthouse, last about an hour and are held on Thursday mornings. For more information and to volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at

Committee Positions Available for 2014

Get involved in your local bar association! Positions are now available with IndyBar Sections, Divisions and Committees for 2014. See details below.

IndyBar Committees: Would you like to network with your legal community and have fun through the practice of law? Volunteer to serve on an Indianapolis Bar Association committee. Appointments are now being made to the 2014 committees. Go to to view the listing of committees and email to express your interest today!

Indy Attorneys Network Section: After a successful inaugural year, the Indy Attorneys Network section is seeking section members to serve on the Executive Committee for 2014. Serving on the Executive Committee enables members to decide what type of events the section will offer throughout the year and help to plan those events. If you would like to learn more and/or join the 2014 Executive Committee, please join the 2014 officers for social hour and more information on Nov. 14, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at Granite City at the Circle Center Mall. If you can’t make the social event, please contact Chuck Schmal ( or Liz Shuster ( before Thursday, Nov. 14. Note: Indy Attorneys Network section membership required for committee service.

Women & the Law Division: The Women & the Law Division (WLD) is looking for new members to serve on the Executive Committee for 2014. The committee meets once a month. Members of the Executive Committee are expected to attend at least eight of the ten meetings held over the course of the year and assist with the planning of at least one WLD event. The Committee seeks all types of diversity, including in background, age and type of practice. Submit a brief statement about yourself and why you would like to serve to by Nov. 11 if you would like to be considered for the Executive Committee. The current Executive Committee will vote at its Nov. 13 meeting, and new members will be notified soon thereafter. Note: WLD membership required for committee service.

Young Lawyers Division: The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is in the process of selecting its Executive Board and committee members for 2014. The YLD currently has an active Executive Board, which meets monthly, and committees that work to plan and execute social events, educational programming and community service initiatives. If you are interested in getting more involved with the YLD and would like to serve on the board or on one of its committees, then please submit a brief, one-page Statement of Interest to by 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15th. Note: YLD membership required for committee service.•


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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

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  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.