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Interested in Serving on the IndyBar Board of Directors?

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors. The nominating committee, chaired by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will review nominations for the following open positions for the 2013 Board: 1st Vice President (serves one-year term and will automatically assume the office of President-elect in 2014), Secretary (two-year term, 2013 and 2014), and At-Large Member of Board of Managers (five positions, each two-year terms, 2013 and 2014).

Self-nominations for the board are encouraged, as are nominations of colleagues. Letters or the nomination form found at www.indybar.org should be forwarded to the Bar office by July 23, 2012. The Nominating Committee will select a slate of nominees, which reflects our geographic, ethnic, minority, gender and practice area diversity while recognizing leadership and service to the Indianapolis Bar Association. IndyBar members wishing to seek election outside the nominating process may file a petition ballot which is now available at the bar office. To be valid, the petition must be filed by July 23, 2012, and must contain the signatures of at least 50 attorney members of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

Nominate a colleague for the 2012 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

The Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, is presented by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Women & the Law Division in honor of Antoinette Dakin Leach, the first woman admitted to the Indiana Bar. If you know a successful female attorney who exemplifies the determination and success of Antoinette Dakin Leach, then please nominate her for the 2012 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. The nomination form, which includes a list of past recipients, can be found online at www.indybar.org. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, July 31, 2012, and nomination forms can be emailed to iba@indybar.org, faxed to the IndyBar office at 317-269-1915, or mailed to 135 N. Pennsylvania, St., Suite 1500, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Honor the Best of the Best: Nominations Open for Professionalism Awards

Nominations are open for the 2012 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominate a deserving legal professional by emailing cchopp@indybar.org  by Friday, August 3. Complete award criteria and information on the nominating process, as well as a listing of past award recipients, is available online at www.indybar.org. Recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, October 11, which will feature special guest speaker the Hon. Sarah Evans Barker of the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist during the Fall 2012 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 9. Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts — 2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. — at Indianapolis Public Library sites throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org. For more information on the program, visit www.indybar.org.

Need to Prep for the MPRE?

Then don’t miss the IndyBar’s MPRE Review Course, coming up on Friday, July 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the IndyBar Education Center. Visit the events calendar online at www.indybar.org for additional details and online registration. Can’t attend? Then select our convenient Home Study Option, which will provide you with all written materials as well as access to the live presentation in a virtual, online environment.•

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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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