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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. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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