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Carr Appointed to U.S. Bankruptcy Court Bench

IndyBar member Jim Carr has been appointed to a 14-year term as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. His appointment, made by Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, will become effective on January 1, 2013. Carr will join fellow IndyBar member and recent addition to the court Judge Robyn Moberly, who joined the bench on November 1 following the retirement of Judge Tony Metz.

Volunteers Needed for 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.

Training Sessions Offered for Pro Bono Volunteers

The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, in partnership with the Indianapolis Bar Association, Barnes & Thornburg LLP and Ice Miller LLP, is offering two upcoming continuing legal education classes. All sessions are offered for free to those who agree to accept a pro bono case referral from the clinic. “Immigration Law: Understanding the Legal Needs of Vulnerable Populations” will be held on Friday, November 30 from 8:20 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ice Miller LLP. “Understanding Family Law: Domestic Violence Victims & the Poverty Population” will be held on Monday, December 10 from 8:20 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Visit www.nclegalclinic.org for more information and registration.

I’m a New Lawyer ...Now What?

Calling all new admittees! Don’t miss the IndyBar’s upcoming New Admittee Roundtable and Reception on November 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. This program, offered at no-cost for all 2012 new admittees to the Indiana Bar, will shed light on the things new lawyers need to know that WEREN’T taught in law school. From CLE credits to tips on that first court appearance, attendees will come away with knowledge that will help to build confidence and promote success as a new lawyer. The roundtable portion of the program, which will run from 4 to 5 p.m., will be followed by an informal cocktail reception to allow for networking and mingling with fellow new admittees and presenters. Access additional information and online registration at www.indybar.org.

Ask a Lawyer Assists a Record 578 Hoosiers

The final numbers are in, and the IndyBar’s Fall 2012 Ask a Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 9 succeeded in assisting 578 Hoosiers, a record for the program. Ninety-nine IndyBar attorneys and paralegals participated in this free legal advice program that enables area residents to speak face-to-face with attorneys at no cost. Volunteers were stationed throughout the city at Indianapolis Marion County Public Library branches, with additional attorneys manning phone lines at the IndyBar office. Thank you to the many volunteers, the Pro Bono Standing Committee, the support of Indianapolis Marion County Public Libraries and a generous grant from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation for making this valuable program a possibility.

The IndyBar Legal Directory is Here!

Pre-ordered legal directories are available for pickup at the IndyBar office during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Forget to order your copy? Go to www.indybar.org/store to place your order today. Directories are $55 plus tax and shipping, if applicable.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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