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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. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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