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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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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, while students should register at

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•


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  1. Great observation Smith. By my lights, speaking personally, they already have. They counted my religious perspective in a pro-life context as a symptom of mental illness and then violated all semblance of due process to banish me for life from the Indiana bar. The headline reveals the truth of the Hoosier elite's animus. Details here: Denied 2016 petition for cert (this time around): (“2016Pet”) Amicus brief 2016: (“2016Amici”) As many may recall, I was banned for five years for failing to "repent" of my religious views on life and the law when a bar examiner demanded it of me, resulting in a time out to reconsider my "clinging." The time out did not work, so now I am banned for life. Here is the five year time out order: Denied 2010 petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): (“2010Pet”) Read this quickly if you are going to read it, the elites will likely demand it be pulled down or pile comments on to bury it. (As they have buried me.)

  2. if the proabortion zealots and intolerant secularist anti-religious bigots keep on shutting down every hint of religious observance in american society, or attacking every ounce of respect that the state may have left for it, they may just break off their teeth.

  3. "drug dealers and traffickers need to be locked up". "we cannot afford just to continue to build prisons". "drug abuse is strangling many families and communities". "establishing more treatment and prevention programs will also be priorities". Seems to be what politicians have been saying for at least three decades now. If these are the most original thoughts these two have on the issues of drug trafficking and drug abuse, then we're no closer to solving the problem than we were back in the 90s when crack cocaine was the epidemic. We really need to begin demanding more original thought from those we elect to office. We also need to begin to accept that each of us is part of the solution to a problem that government cannot solve.

  4. What is with the bias exclusion of the only candidate that made sense, Rex Bell? The Democrat and Republican Party have created this problem, why on earth would anyone believe they are able to fix it without pushing government into matters it doesn't belong?

  5. This is what happens when daddy hands over a business to his moron son and thinks that everything will be ok. this bankruptcy is nothing more than Gary pulling the strings to never pay the creditors that he and his son have ripped off. they are scum and they know it.