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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. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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