IBA Frontlines - 7/3/13

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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 and return it to 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 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, September 25.

Show Your Support for Diversity

Celebrate the Indy legal community’s commitment to diversity and show your support of local diversity initiatives by attending the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Welcome Reception on August 7 and the Diversity & the Law Luncheon on August 8. Dennis Bland, president of the Center for Leadership Development, will be featured as the keynote speaker at Thursday’s luncheon. Table sponsorships are available for the luncheon. Additional information and online registration is available at

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, October 8. Volunteers are being sought 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

Share the IndyBar Love!

From now until August 1, refer a colleague to the IndyBar and when they join, you’ll get a free hour of IndyBar CLE programming! Just make sure that he or she includes your name in the “How did you find out about the IndyBar?” field and we’ll send you a promo code to redeem your free hour of CLE once the membership application is submitted. Plus, we’ll make it even easier for you...for a limited time, 2013 membership dues are half off! Tell your colleague to use “HalfPrice2013” in the promo code field online to receive a 50 percent discount on membership for the rest of the year. For more information, go to

Calling All Golfers!

Just a few spots remain in the 2013 Lawyer Links Classic to benefit the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Round up your foursome and register online at The outing will take place Thursday, July 11 at Highland Golf & Country Club. This is the perfect opportunity to socialize with colleagues or entertain clients. Don’t miss out!

Send Your Summer Associates on a Search of the City

The IndyBar Young Lawyers Division Summer Associate Scavenger Hunt is just two weeks away! This annual competition will begin at 1 p.m. on July 12 at the IndyBar office. Participants will then scour the city to uncover clues, visiting landmarks and cultural destinations. Teams will reconvene at Kilroy’s for drinks and appetizers as scores are tallied and the winners are announced. All law students working or volunteering in Indianapolis over the summer are invited to participate. The cost is $25 per person. For more information or to register your team, contact Marissa Hile at

Need to Prep for the MPRE?

Then don’t miss the IndyBar’s MPRE Review Course, coming up on Thursday, August 1 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 Online Course 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 commend Joe for standing up to this tyrant attorney! You ask why? Well I’m one of David Steele victims. I was in desperate need of legal help to protect my child, David saw an opportunity, and he demanded I pay him $3000. Cash. As I received motions and orders from court he did nothing! After weeks of emails asking him to address the legal issues, he responded by saying he was “on vacation “and I should be so lucky to have “my attorney” reply. Finally after lie on top of lie I asked for a full refund, which he refused. He then sent me “bills” for things he never did, such as, his appearance in the case and later claimed he withdrew. He never filed one document / motion for my case! When I finally demanded he refund my money he then turn to threats which scared my family for our lives. It seem unreal we couldn’t believe this guy. I am now over $100,000 in debt digging out of the legal mess he caused my family. Later I was finally able to hire another law office. I met Joe and we worked diligently on my case. I soon learn Joe had a passion for helping people. As anyone who has been through a legal battle it is exhausting. Joe was always more than happy to help or address an issue. Joe was knowledgeable about all my concerns at the same time he was able to reduce the stress and anxieties of my case. He would stay late and come in early, he always went the extra mile to help in any way he could. I can only imagine what Joe and his family has been through, my prayers go out to him and all the victims.

  2. Steele did more than what is listed too. He purposely sought out to ruin me, calling potential employers and then lied about me alleging all kinds of things including kidnapping. None of his allegations were true. If you are in need of an ethical and very knowledgeable family law paralegal, perhaps someone could post their contact information. Ethics cannot be purchased, either your paralegal has them or they do not.

  3. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  4. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  5. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise