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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. All the lawyers involved in this don't add up to a hill of beans; mostly yes-men punching their tickets for future advancement. REMF types. Window dressing. Who in this mess was a real hero? the whistleblower that let the public know about the torture, whom the US sent to Jail. John Kyriakou. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/us/ex-officer-for-cia-is-sentenced-in-leak-case.html?_r=0 Now, considering that Torture is Illegal, considering that during Vietnam a soldier was court-martialed and imprisoned for waterboarding, why has the whistleblower gone to jail but none of the torturers have been held to account? It's amazing that Uncle Sam's sunk lower than Vietnam. But that's where we're at. An even more unjust and pointless war conducted in an even more bogus manner. this from npr: "On Jan. 21, 1968, The Washington Post ran a front-page photo of a U.S. soldier supervising the waterboarding of a captured North Vietnamese soldier. The caption said the technique induced "a flooding sense of suffocation and drowning, meant to make him talk." The picture led to an Army investigation and, two months later, the court martial of the soldier." Today, the US itself has become lawless.

  2. "Brain Damage" alright.... The lunatic is on the grass/ The lunatic is on the grass/ Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs/ Got to keep the loonies on the path.... The lunatic is in the hall/ The lunatics are in my hall/ The paper holds their folded faces to the floor/ And every day the paper boy brings more/ And if the dam breaks open many years too soon/ And if there is no room upon the hill/ And if your head explodes with dark forbodings too/ I'll see you on the dark side of the moon!!!

  3. It is amazing how selectively courts can read cases and how two very similar factpatterns can result in quite different renderings. I cited this very same argument in Brown v. Bowman, lost. I guess it is panel, panel, panel when one is on appeal. Sad thing is, I had Sykes. Same argument, she went the opposite. Her Rooker-Feldman jurisprudence is now decidedly unintelligible.

  4. November, 2014, I was charged with OWI/Endangering a person. I was not given a Breathalyzer test and the arresting officer did not believe that alcohol was in any way involved. I was self-overmedicated with prescription medications. I was taken to local hospital for blood draw to be sent to State Tox Lab. My attorney gave me a cookie-cutter plea which amounts to an ALCOHOL-related charge. Totally unacceptable!! HOW can I get my TOX report from the state lab???

  5. My mother got temporary guardianship of my children in 2012. my husband and I got divorced 2015 the judge ordered me to have full custody of all my children. Does this mean the temporary guardianship is over? I'm confused because my divorce papers say I have custody and he gets visits and i get to claim the kids every year on my taxes. So just wondered since I have in black and white that I have custody if I can go get my kids from my moms and not go to jail?

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