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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. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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