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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 jarmstrong@indybar.org 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 indybar.org/events.

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 cchopp@indybar.org.

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 indybar.org/interest-groups/committees-task-forces/ to view the listing of committees and email volunteer@indybar.org 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 (cschmal@uspatent.com) or Liz Shuster (eashuster@uspatent.com) 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 mprice@indybar.org 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 cwalsh@indybar.org by 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15th. Note: YLD membership required for committee service.•

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  1. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  2. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ...

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