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Recognize an Outstanding Female Attorney

Since 1990, the IndyBar Women & the Law Division has recognized the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana through the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. Named for the first woman admitted to the Indiana bar, nominations are now open for the 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.

To nominate an outstanding female attorney who exemplifies the determination and success of Antoinette Dakin Leach, simply complete the nomination form available at indybar.org and return it to iba@indybar.org by July 31, 2013.

Nominations Now Open for Professionalism Awards

Recognize an outstanding colleague by nominating him or her for the 2013 Professionalism Award (attorney) or Silver Gavel Award (judge). Go to www.indybar.org to access full award criteria and nomination instructions. Nominations are due by Monday, July 15. Honorees will be recognized at the Professionalism Luncheon, featuring the Hon. Loretta Rush of the Indiana Supreme Court, on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Fall 2013 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, Oct. 8. 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.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers!

Thank you to the following attorneys for volunteering their time to assist 89 callers at the IndyBar’s Legal Line program on Tuesday, June 11: Rick Malad, Ned Mulligan, Maggie Sadler, Jonathan Knoll, Melissa Stuart, TaKeena Thompson and Kelley Johnson, all of Cohen & Malad LLP, and Adam Cobb, Mercer Belanger. Legal Line, a free monthly call-in service provided to Indy-area residents in need of legal advice, is made possible by the generous support of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

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  1. It's a big fat black mark against the US that they radicalized a lot of these Afghan jihadis in the 80s to fight the soviets and then when they predictably got around to biting the hand that fed them, the US had to invade their homelands, install a bunch of corrupt drug kingpins and kleptocrats, take these guys and torture the hell out of them. Why for example did the US have to sodomize them? Dubya said "they hate us for our freedoms!" Here, try some of that freedom whether you like it or not!!! Now they got even more reasons to hate us-- lets just keep bombing the crap out of their populations, installing more puppet regimes, arming one faction against another, etc etc etc.... the US is becoming a monster. No wonder they hate us. Here's my modest recommendation. How about we follow "Just War" theory in the future. St Augustine had it right. How about we treat these obvious prisoners of war according to the Geneva convention instead of torturing them in sadistic and perverted ways.

  2. As usual, John is "spot-on." The subtle but poignant points he makes are numerous and warrant reflection by mediators and users. Oh but were it so simple.

  3. ACLU. Way to step up against the police state. I see a lot of things from the ACLU I don't like but this one is a gold star in its column.... instead of fighting it the authorities should apologize and back off.

  4. Duncan, It's called the RIGHT OF ASSOCIATION and in the old days people believed it did apply to contracts and employment. Then along came title vii.....that aside, I believe that I am free to work or not work for whomever I like regardless: I don't need a law to tell me I'm free. The day I really am compelled to ignore all the facts of social reality in my associations and I blithely go along with it, I'll be a slave of the state. That day is not today......... in the meantime this proposed bill would probably be violative of 18 usc sec 1981 that prohibits discrimination in contracts... a law violated regularly because who could ever really expect to enforce it along the millions of contracts made in the marketplace daily? Some of these so-called civil rights laws are unenforceable and unjust Utopian Social Engineering. Forcing people to love each other will never work.

  5. I am the father of a sweet little one-year-old named girl, who happens to have Down Syndrome. To anyone who reads this who may be considering the decision to terminate, please know that your child will absolutely light up your life as my daughter has the lives of everyone around her. There is no part of me that condones abortion of a child on the basis that he/she has or might have Down Syndrome. From an intellectual standpoint, however, I question the enforceability of this potential law. As it stands now, the bill reads in relevant part as follows: "A person may not intentionally perform or attempt to perform an abortion . . . if the person knows that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely because the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome or a potential diagnosis of Down syndrome." It includes similarly worded provisions abortion on "any other disability" or based on sex selection. It goes so far as to make the medical provider at least potentially liable for wrongful death. First, how does a medical provider "know" that "the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion SOLELY" because of anything? What if the woman says she just doesn't want the baby - not because of the diagnosis - she just doesn't want him/her? Further, how can the doctor be liable for wrongful death, when a Child Wrongful Death claim belongs to the parents? Is there any circumstance in which the mother's comparative fault will not exceed the doctor's alleged comparative fault, thereby barring the claim? If the State wants to discourage women from aborting their children because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis, I'm all for that. Purporting to ban it with an unenforceable law, however, is not the way to effectuate this policy.

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