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Comments Invited on Proposed Changes to Indiana Bar Examination

The Indiana State Board of Law Examiners is proposing changes in the subjects that are tested on the Indiana essay portion of the Indiana Bar Examination. A description of the proposed changes and instructions on how to submit comments can found on the Board of Law Examiners’ website at www.in.gov/judiciary/ble. Interested parties will have until May 31, 2013, to submit comments. Members of the bar are also encouraged to contact Chris Hickey, chair of the IndyBar Review Steering Committee, at ch@rubin-levin.com to voice any feedback or concerns.

IndyBar Unveils the Attorney Apprentice Program

The IndyBar’s Lawyers Helping Lawyers Task Force has taken a proactive approach to provide substantive knowledge and practical experience to new and less experienced attorneys with the creation of the Attorney Apprentice Program. The Attorney Apprentice Program is designed to provide hands on training to new and less experienced attorneys and those looking to expand their practice. The program features a core curriculum aimed at developing attorney business and marketing skills as well as substantive programming in a legal track of the participant’s choice—Civil Litigation, Transactional Practice or Criminal Practice and Procedure.

Interested in attending but unsure of whether you can afford registration fees? The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has graciously funded scholarships for this valuable training. Visit www.indybar.org to learn more about the program and to register online.

Monthly Meetings of Members are Back!

Escape from your office to enjoy an hour with your colleagues and engaging programs and speakers at this year’s lineup of IndyBar member gatherings. February’s luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 21 will feature special guest speaker Allison Melangton of the Indiana Sports Corporation. Go to www.indybar.org to register and view the full schedule of member gatherings.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers!

Thank you to the following O’Koon Hintermeister attorneys who graciously volunteered their time to staff Legal Line, the IndyBar’s monthly call-in legal advice program, in January: James Bolen, Anna Buschmann, Steve Gottlieb, Jeff Hintermeister, Vicki Merriman, Adina Teska, Joel Thorp, Linda Villegas and Martin Weiser. These volunteers took 66 calls from members of the public seeking free legal guidance.

Weekly IndyBar Bill Watches Available

As a service to all IndyBar members, the Legislative Committee reviews pending legislation and, with the approval of the IndyBar Board of Directors, monitors progress. Each week, a new summary of legislation being monitored by the committee is made available to members and posted online at http://www.indybar.org/news/bill-watch.php.

It’s Dues Renewal Time!

Don’t miss out on a great year with the IndyBar: renew for 2013 today! Convenient online renewal is available at www.indybar.org. Make sure to check out and take advantage of the IndyBar’s great new offerings for 2013, including the new Indy Attorneys Network section and the Plus CLE Pilot Program!

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 & 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.•

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  3. 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.

  4. 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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