IBA Frontlines - 11/9/12

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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

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 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

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 to place your order today. Directories are $55 plus tax and shipping, if applicable.•


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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.