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Volunteer Judges Needed for Moot Court Competition

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Moot Court Society is currently seeking volunteer judges for the Hon. Robert H. Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition. Volunteer judges will be eligible for up to two hours of CLE credit by attending a judge training session and participating as an Oral Argument Judge or Brief Grader. For full details on the competition, to be held from late September to early November, and to volunteer, visit http://indylaw.indiana.edu/mootcourt/intramural.htm.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law is also seeking volunteer competition judges for its Moot Court event, set for October and November. See full details on the event at http://law.indiana.edu/students/competitions/mootcourt/index.shtml. If you would like to volunteer as a Moot Court judge for this event, please contact the Executive Judge Coordinators at judges@indiana.edu.

Proposed Amendments to Local Rules: Comment Period

The judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana are considering amendments to the local rules, which were proposed by the Local Rules Advisory Committee. The proposed amendments can be found on the Court’s website at www.insb.uscourts.gov. Comments to the proposed amendments are due by October 1, 2012, and can be sent by email to Local_Rules_Comments@insb.uscourts.gov or by regular mail to Kevin Dempsey, Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court, Room 116, Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Marion Superior Court Seeking Court Administrator

Marion Superior Court is currently seeking applicants for the position of Court Administrator. Under the jurisdiction of the Judges of the Marion Superior Court and the Judge of the Circuit Court, the Court Administrator performs administrative responsibilities of the non-judicial activities of the Marion Circuit and Superior Courts. The full job description as well as requirements for the position and application instructions can be found at www.indybar.org. The application deadline is September 15.

IndyBar Law Student Division Seeking Executive Board Members

The nomination period for the 2012-2013 the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Law Student Division Executive Board has begun. There are a total of eight At-Large positions available. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to be involved with the planning and implementation of many IndyBar student educational and networking functions as well as an opportunity to enhance leadership skills. Applications and statements of interest are due October 15. See details at www.indybar.org

The IndyBar Legal Directory is Here!

Pre-ordered legal directories are available for pickup at the IndyBar office during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). If you selected to have your legal directory shipped, watch your mailbox. Shipped orders will begin arriving September 3. Forget to order your copy? Go to www.indybar.org/store to place your order today. Directories are $55 plus tax and shipping, if applicable.

Need Your APC Credit?

The IndyBar has the Applied Professionalism Course for you. Featuring esteemed presenters and interactive sessions, the IndyBar’s Applied Professionalism Course on Thursday, November 1 is the perfect way to satisfy this credit requirement for attorneys in their first three years of practice…PLUS, registration fees for this day-long program are even lower now than in past years! Access the full agenda and online registration at www.indybar.org.•

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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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