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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. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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