IBA Frontlines - 7/20/12

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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 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 The nomination deadline is Tuesday, July 31, 2012, and nomination forms can be emailed to, 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  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 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 For more information on the program, visit

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 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 think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.