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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. IF the Right to Vote is indeed a Right, then it is a RIGHT. That is the same for ALL eligible and properly registered voters. And this is, being able to cast one's vote - until the minute before the polls close in one's assigned precinct. NOT days before by absentee ballot, and NOT 9 miles from one's house (where it might be a burden to get to in time). I personally wait until the last minute to get in line. Because you never know what happens. THAT is my right, and that is Mr. Valenti's. If it is truly so horrible to let him on school grounds (exactly how many children are harmed by those required to register, on school grounds, on election day - seriously!), then move the polling place to a different location. For ALL voters in that precinct. Problem solved.

  2. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  3. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

  4. And with a whimpering hissy fit the charade came to an end ... http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/07/27/all-charges-dropped-against-all-remaining-officers-in-freddie-gray-case/ WHISTLEBLOWERS are needed more than ever in a time such as this ... when politics trump justice and emotions trump reason. Blue Lives Matter.

  5. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

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