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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. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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