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Peele Carter Honored with Indianapolis Choice Award

The National Association of Women Business Owners-Indianapolis (NAWBO–Indy) has honored IndyBar member Amie Peele Carter of Baker & Daniels LLP with the Indianapolis Choice award in recognition of her advocacy for the organization and Indiana’s women business owners.

One of NAWBO–Indy’s four Visionary Awards, the Indianapolis Choice award recognizes a person who has enabled women business owners to achieve their potential, has improved the business climate for women, and has fulfilled the potential of her economic and social contributions to Indiana. Carter was selected based on her contributions to organizations that advance women as well as her character, openness and willingness to go above and beyond for friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

1.8 Million New Cases Filed in Indiana Trial Courts in 2010

Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard announced the statistic Dec. 13 with the release of the Indiana Judicial Service Report. He said, “The work of the courts cannot be summed up in numbers, but the 2010 statistics report does offer a snapshot of the volume, breadth, challenges and success stories in each of the courthouses in Indiana’s 92 counties. Indiana judges and trial court staff did a remarkable job of handling the 1.8 million new cases with fairness and professionalism.” For more details and to view the full report, visit the Indiana Supreme Court website.

Have an Ethics Question? Make a Safe Ask

You have probably had a question at some point in your career that you had no clue how to answer — or maybe you wanted a second opinion. Where did you turn? Now, you have someone to ask. The Safe Ask program, created by the IndyBar Senior Counsel Division, provides a means whereby IndyBar attorney members may seek guidance and information — all in the name of assisting you with providing quality and ethical legal services to your clients. All communications will remain confidential to the extent there is not a violation of the Rule of Professional Conduct (see Rule 8.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct). For more information, visit www.indybar.org.

Check Out the IndyBar Job Bank

Looking for employment in Indy? At www.indybar.org to check out the IndyBar’s job bank, which currently features postings for a Director of Legal Services/General Counsel at the Indiana Department of Revenue, Associate Counsel at Berry Plastics Corporation, and a Bankruptcy Judge position in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, among other postings for attorneys and support staff. Employers — this is a low-cost way to advertise for open positions!

Save the Date for Installation Luncheon

Join your colleagues as the presidents and boards of directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association and Indianapolis Bar Foundation are installed at the 2012 Installation Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Conrad Indianapolis. A. Scott Chinn, Baker & Daniels LLP, will become president of the IndyBar and Kelly M. Scanlan, Wilson Kehoe & Winingham, will lead the Foundation. Register for the luncheon online at www.indybar.org.•

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  1. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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

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