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IndyBar Files Amicus Brief

The Amicus Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section filed an amicus curiae brief Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in the matter of In re: Indiana Newspapers, Inc. The amicus brief urges the Indiana Supreme Court to accept transfer and resolve an unsettled question of appellate procedure regarding whether a discovery order compelling a non-party to produce documents or information is appealable as a matter of right. Visit www.indybar.org to view the brief.

The underlying case involves a plaintiff’s subpoena to a non-party, The Indianapolis Star, seeking the identity of a person who allegedly defamed the plaintiff in online comments to a news story.  The Appellate Practice Section and the Indianapolis Bar Association explicitly declined taking a position on the answer to that unsettled question or the underlying merits of the discovery dispute.  The Amicus Committee obtained the approval of both the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Litigation Section Executive Committee and Board of Directors before filing the brief.

Applications Now Accepted for 2013 IBF Impact Fund Grant

Through its Impact Fund, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation will grant $35,000 to a deserving local organization or project in 2013. To be considered, a project must advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education and service. The deadline for applications is April 1. Visit http://www.indybar.org/about/bar-foundation/ for additional information and application materials.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2013 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, April 9. 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 cchopp@indybar.org.

Weekly IndyBar Bill Watch Available

As a service to IndyBar members, the Legislative Committee reviews pending legislation and, with the approval of the IndyBar Board of Directors, monitors progress. The most recent Bill Watch can be found at http://www.indybar.org/news/bill-watch.
 

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