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Miller Appointed to Marion Superior Court

2003 Indianapolis Bar Association President Gary L. Miller was appointed to the Marion Superior Court bench by then Governor Mitch Daniels on Jan. 11 to fill the vacancy created by Judge Robyn Moberly’s departure for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Miller previously served on the court’s bench for 18 years in both the civil and criminal divisions and had more recently founded the law practice of Miller Meyer LLP.

New Court Administrator Begins in Marion Superior Court

Andrea Brandes Newsom was recently named Court Administrator for Superior Courts of Marion County, effective Jan. 14, 2013. Newsom graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1999 and earned a bachelor’s degree in history, magna cum laude with honors, from William Jewell College in 1995. She previously served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, as Assistant General Counsel and Administrative Law Judge for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, as a Director of Sallie Mae International and Sallie Mae UK and, most recently, served as Chief Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis.

Giving Thanks: Pay it Forward by Offering Your Expertise

Through the Low Asset Wills Program, Indianapolis Bar Association attorneys draft wills for free as a service to the community. Qualified individuals can meet privately with an attorney who will draft a last will and testament and advance directives for them. For more information on the program and how to get involved, visit www.indybar.org or contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

IBF Announces Scholarship Winners

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has awarded law students Traci Tetrick and Jeffrey Jones with IndyBar Review Scholarships. The IBF awards academic and educational scholarships to deserving law students annually as one way of carrying out its mission-to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service. Applications are now being accepted for 2013 academic scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2013. To access the scholarship application and additional information, visit www.indybar.org.

Give Your Old Books a Second Life!

Don’t toss used code books, blue books or trial books in the trash–the IndyBar is collecting used books to be passed on to other attorneys within the bar. Bring your used books to the IndyBar office between now and Feb. 1, or contact iba@indybar.org to arrange a pick up.

Attorney Volunteers Needed for Paralegal Studies Program

The IUPUI Paralegal Studies Program is in need of two to three attorneys to serve on an advisory board that will meet two times per year. The advisory board will review IUPUI’s program and make recommendations concerning improvements to the paralegal program. More information about the Paralegal Certificate can be found here: http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/political_science/index.php/paralegal. If interested, please contact Erin M. Engels, J.D. at 317-278-0442 or eengels@iupui.edu. The first meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5th at 6pm.•

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  1. Linda, I sure hope you are not seeking a law license, for such eighteenth century sentiments could result in your denial in some jurisdictions minting attorneys for our tolerant and inclusive profession.

  2. Mazel Tov to the newlyweds. And to those bakers, photographers, printers, clerks, judges and others who will lose careers and social standing for not saluting the New World (Dis)Order, we can all direct our Two Minutes of Hate as Big Brother asks of us. Progress! Onward!

  3. My daughter was taken from my home at the end of June/2014. I said I would sign the safety plan but my husband would not. My husband said he would leave the house so my daughter could stay with me but the case worker said no her mind is made up she is taking my daughter. My daughter went to a friends and then the friend filed a restraining order which she was told by dcs if she did not then they would take my daughter away from her. The restraining order was not in effect until we were to go to court. Eventually it was dropped but for 2 months DCS refused to allow me to have any contact and was using the restraining order as the reason but it was not in effect. This was Dcs violating my rights. Please help me I don't have the money for an attorney. Can anyone take this case Pro Bono?

  4. If justice is not found in a court room, it's time to clean house!!! Even judges are accountable to a higher Judge!!!

  5. The small claims system, based on my recent and current usage of it, is not exactly a shining example of justice prevailing. The system appears slow and clunky and people involved seem uninterested in actually serving justice within a reasonable time frame. Any improvement in accountability and performance would gain a vote from me. Speaking of voting, what do the people know about judges and justice from the bench perspective. I think they have a tendency to "vote" for judges based on party affiliation or name coolness factor (like Stoner, for example!). I don't know what to do in my current situation other than grin and bear it, but my case is an example of things working neither smoothly, effectively nor expeditiously. After this experience I'd pay more to have the higher courts hear the case -- if I had the money. Oh the conundrum.

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