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Don’t Miss Out: IndyBar Scholarships Available

Two scholarships are currently available through IndyBar sections. See below for details, and apply today!

Government Practice Section Law Student Scholarship – The IndyBar Government Practice Section is pleased to announce the availability of an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to be awarded to a second or third year law student with an interest in government practice. All application materials are due by August 24, 2012. The scholarship will be awarded by August 31, 2012. Visit indybar.org to view additional information about the scholarship and to access the scholarship application.

Appellate Practice Section AJEI Summit Scholarship – One scholarship to attend the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2012 Summit, to be held November 15-18 in New Orleans, is being offered by the IndyBar Appellate Practice Section. The annual AJEI Summit provides a lively and highly informative continuing legal education program designed by and for appellate judges, appellate lawyers and appellate staff attorneys. The scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000 and will cover the conference registration fee as well as a portion of travel and lodging expenses. Applications are due by September 10, 2012. Visit indybar.org to view additional information about the scholarship and to access the scholarship application.

Volunteers Needed for 2012 Mediation Day

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to volunteer for the third annual Mediation Day, hosted by the IndyBar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Volunteers at Mediation Day, scheduled for September 21, 2012 at Faegre Baker Daniels, provide a service to the courts and community by volunteering time to mediate several screened cases for litigants who qualify for modest means mediation. Each volunteer mediator agrees to mediate one case starting at either 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. A judicial officer will be on site to approve the mediated agreements. This volunteer opportunity is open to all IndyBar members, though ADR section members will be given preference. All volunteers must be registered mediators. Interested? Contact Phyllis Armstrong at parmstrong@med8.com and indicate your desired start time (8 a.m. or 1 p.m.). Visit indybar.org for more information.

Do You Love to Network?

The IndyBar is excited to launch the Indy Attorneys Network, a brand new group within the bar dedicated solely to facilitating networking between bar members across all practice types and areas, in 2013. A committee is currently being formed to plan the group’s launch and activities for the upcoming year. If you are interested in volunteering for this committee, please contact Chuck Schmal at cschmal@uspatent.com. An organizational meeting for the committee will be held in late August.

Calling All Writers!

The IndyBar is seeking members who are interested in contributing to the bar’s various publications, including the IndyBar website, IndyBar blog and IndyBar pages within the Indiana Lawyer. Writing opportunities are flexible and have the potential to be ongoing or simply one time commitments. Interesting in contributing? Contact Mary Kay Price at mprice@indybar.org, including information on what type of content you feel comfortable contributing.

Old Electronics Gathering Dust?

Recycle them for free with the IndyBar! The IndyBar’s Go Green Committee is sponsoring a Drive-Thru E-Cycling event open to IndyBar members and the public, on Friday, August 24, 2012, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Computer Experts, 101 E. Michigan Street. IndyBar volunteers will accept business and household electronic waste—computers, scanners, printers, cell phones, microwaves, VCRs, DVD players, game systems, and other recyclables—for recycling by RecycleForce. Visit indybar.org for additional details.•

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  1. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  2. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  3. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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