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Feedback Requested on Attorney Reinstatement

Former Indianapolis Bar Association member Everett E. Powell II has petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission for reinstatement to the practice of law. The commission has requested that members of the IndyBar who have an opinion that Mr. Powell should, or should not, be readmitted to practice address the commission by letter stating their views as soon as possible. Letters should be sent to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 850, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Tee Up with the IndyBar Foundation!

Sign up your foursome today for the 2012 Lawyer Links Classic! This year’s golf outing will take place Thursday, July 19 at Highland Golf & Country Club. Check-in opens at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. Shot Gun Start. Registration includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, reception, awards and prizes. This event is a great opportunity to socialize with colleagues, entertain clients and support the mission of the IBF. Registration Cost: Foursome $1,000/Individual $250. For more information or to register, contact Megan Keever at mkeever@indybar.org or 317-269-2000.

Introducing Indy Lawyer Finder

Continuing in its mission to provide the public with access to legal representation, the Indianapolis Bar Association has launched Indy Lawyer Finder, an online service offering members of the public user-guided searches of IndyBar attorneys in a variety of practice areas. Indy Lawyer Finder is available online at www.indylawyerfinder.com. Check it out today!

Are You Green Legal?

While there are numerous “go green” resources already available to the public, the Indianapolis Bar Association recognizes that attorneys and law firms face unique challenges to going green. There is no one-size-fits all approach to going green, and it is the goal of the IndyBar’s Go Green Committee, a subcommittee of the Young Lawyers Division, to help attorneys and firms to develop strategies that work for them.

Visit www.indybar.org for details on the bar’s Green Legal Initiative.

Be a Bar Leader

Realize your potential. Make a difference. Create impact. The application period for the 2012-2013 Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series for leadership development is now open. The deadline to apply is June 18, 2012. Additional information on the series and the application can be downloaded from the IndyBar’s website. Scholarships for the program are also available.•
Be well.

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  1. I expressed my thought in the title, long as it was. I am shocked that there is ever immunity from accountability for ANY Government agency. That appears to violate every principle in the US Constitution, which exists to limit Government power and to ensure Government accountability. I don't know how many cases of legitimate child abuse exist, but in the few cases in which I knew the people involved, in every example an anonymous caller used DCS as their personal weapon to strike at innocent people over trivial disagreements that had no connection with any facts. Given that the system is vulnerable to abuse, and given the extreme harm any action by DCS causes to families, I would assume any degree of failure to comply with the smallest infraction of personal rights would result in mandatory review. Even one day of parent-child separation in the absence of reasonable cause for a felony arrest should result in severe penalties to those involved in the action. It appears to me, that like all bureaucracies, DCS is prone to interpret every case as legitimate. This is not an accusation against DCS. It is a statement about the nature of bureaucracies, and the need for ADDED scrutiny of all bureaucratic actions. Frankly, I question the constitutionality of bureaucracies in general, because their power is delegated, and therefore unaccountable. No Government action can be unaccountable if we want to avoid its eventual degeneration into irrelevance and lawlessness, and the law of the jungle. Our Constitution is the source of all Government power, and it is the contract that legitimizes all Government power. To the extent that its various protections against intrusion are set aside, so is the power afforded by that contract. Eventually overstepping the limits of power eliminates that power, as a law of nature. Even total tyranny eventually crumbles to nothing.

  2. Being dedicated to a genre keeps it alive until the masses catch up to the "trend." Kent and Bill are keepin' it LIVE!! Thank you gentlemen..you know your JAZZ.

  3. Hemp has very little THC which is needed to kill cancer cells! Growing cannabis plants for THC inside a hemp field will not work...where is the fear? From not really knowing about Cannabis and Hemp or just not listening to the people teaching you through testimonies and packets of info over the last few years! Wake up Hoosier law makers!

  4. If our State Government would sue for their rights to grow HEMP like Kentucky did we would not have these issues. AND for your INFORMATION many medical items are also made from HEMP. FOOD, FUEL,FIBER,TEXTILES and MEDICINE are all uses for this plant. South Bend was built on Hemp. Our states antiquated fear of cannabis is embarrassing on the world stage. We really need to lead the way rather than follow. Some day.. we will have freedom in Indiana. And I for one will continue to educate the good folks of this state to the beauty and wonder of this magnificent plant.

  5. Put aside all the marijuana concerns, we are talking about food and fiber uses here. The federal impediments to hemp cultivation are totally ridiculous. Preposterous. Biggest hemp cultivators are China and Europe. We get most of ours from Canada. Hemp is as versatile as any crop ever including corn and soy. It's good the governor laid the way for this, regrettable the buffoons in DC stand in the way. A statutory relic of the failed "war on drugs"

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