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Comments Accepted on Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

The Judges of the Marion County Courts in compliance with the provisions of Trial Rule 81 give notice of proposed amendments to their local court rules concerning Random Assignment of Criminal Cases at LR49-CR 2.2-100 and Case Consolidation at LR49-CR 2.3-101. Go to http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/marion-plr.pdfto view the proposed amendments. Comments to these proposed Local Rule amendments will be received through noon on March 22, 2013. Comments to these proposed amended Local Rules should be emailed to the Office of the Court Administrator, care of Andrea Newsom, at Andrea.Newsom@indy.gov.

Online Marriage License Application Now Available in 78 Counties

Applying for a marriage license is becoming easier than ever in many Indiana counties thanks to an Indiana Supreme Court initiative. Online marriage license applications are now available in 78 counties, including most recently Marion County. The online application can be found at courts.IN.gov/marriage.

Save the Date for ILAS CLE April 23

Save the Date on April 23 for CLE hosted by the Indiana Legal Aid Society at the Indianapolis Marriott North. The faculty for the program, titled “Timeless Tips from the Bench and Bar,” includes all three recently retired Supreme Court justices, eight Court of Appeals judges, a special presentation by retired Dean William F. Harvey, and a few attorneys with a great sense of humor. All food and beverage, including lunch, is provided, and six CLE hours, with one hour of ethics, will be available. The cost to attend is $300. To view the full agenda and to access the registration form, go to http://shirleylaw.net/ilas-2013.html.

Applications Now Accepted for 2013 IBF Impact Fund Grant

Through its Impact Fund, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation will grant $35,000 to a deserving local organization or project in 2013. To be considered, a project must advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education and service. The deadline for applications is April 1. Visit http://www.indybar.org/about/bar-foundation/ for additional information and application materials.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2013 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, April 9. Volunteers are being sought for for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at the library locations throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Weekly IndyBar Bill Watch Available

As a service to IndyBar members, the Legislative Committee reviews pending legislation and, with the approval of the IndyBar Board of Directors, monitors progress. The most recent Bill Watch can be found at http://www.indybar.org/news/bill-watch.

Pitch in at the Great Indy Cleanup

The IndyBar Go Green Committee is teaming up with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for their April Great Indy Cleanup and encourages anyone interested in volunteering to sign up for this free event! The Great Indy Cleanup will concentrate on Near Westside communities this year and will involve a variety of projects including sprucing up parks (mulching, planting, painting, etc.), painting fire hydrants, alley cleanups and perhaps even painting some murals, as well as other tasks.

The event will take place on April 27, 2013, and will run from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mayor Greg Ballard will be on hand to kick off the day at 8:45 a.m., and lunch will be provided at 1 p.m. for all volunteers. Those interested in volunteering should register online at www.indybar.org.

Register today for Take a Law Student to Lunch!

The IndyBar’s annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” event is the perfect opportunity for attorneys to connect with local law students, providing helpful tips and information while also networking with the future generation of Indianapolis attorneys.

The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Hyatt Indianapolis. Attorneys should register for the luncheon online at www.indybar.org, while students should register at www.ibalunchwithalawyer.com.

It’s OK to Ask

You have probably had a question at some point in your career that you had no clue how to answer — or maybe you wanted a second opinion. Where did you turn? Now, you have someone to ask. The Safe Ask program, created by the IndyBar Senior Counsel Division, provides a means whereby IndyBar attorney members may seek guidance and information — all in the name of assisting you with providing quality and ethical legal services to your clients. All communications will remain confidential to the extent there is not a violation of the Rule of Professional Conduct (see Rule 8.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct). For more information, visit www.indybar.org.•
 

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  2. It's unfortunate that someone has attempted to hijack the comments to promote his own business. This is not an article discussing the means of preserving the record; no matter how it's accomplished, ethics and impartiality are paramount concerns. When a party to litigation contracts directly with a reporting firm, it creates, at the very least, the appearance of a conflict of interest. Court reporters, attorneys and judges are officers of the court and must abide by court rules as well as state and federal laws. Parties to litigation have no such ethical responsibilities. Would we accept insurance companies contracting with judges? This practice effectively shifts costs to the party who can least afford it while reducing costs for the party with the most resources. The success of our justice system depends on equal access for all, not just for those who have the deepest pockets.

  3. As a licensed court reporter in California, I have to say that I'm sure that at some point we will be replaced by speech recognition. However, from what I've seen of it so far, it's a lot farther away than three years. It doesn't sound like Mr. Hubbard has ever sat in a courtroom or a deposition room where testimony is being given. Not all procedures are the same, and often they become quite heated with the ends of question and beginning of answers overlapping. The human mind can discern the words to a certain extent in those cases, but I doubt very much that a computer can yet. There is also the issue of very heavy accents and mumbling. People speak very fast nowadays, and in order to do that, they generally slur everything together, they drop or swallow words like "the" and "and." Voice recognition might be able to produce some form of a transcript, but I'd be very surprised if it produces an accurate or verbatim transcript, as is required in the legal world.

  4. Really enjoyed the profile. Congratulations to Craig on living the dream, and kudos to the pros who got involved to help him realize the vision.

  5. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

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