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2012 March Against Hunger Campaign Launched

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller rolled out the sixth annual March Against Hunger Campaign, a statewide competition in which law firms compete to raise donations for Indiana’s 11 regional food banks, this week. Registration is now open for the campaign, which will run from March 1-31. For details and registration information see the Indiana Attorney General’s website.

Public Hearings Set for Review of Marion County Small Claims Courts

The task force created to evaluate the Marion County Small Claims Courts scheduled three public hearings to review the practices and procedures used in the those courts. Hearings took place on Wed., Feb. 22, and Wed., Feb. 29 with another on Wed., March 7 at 6 p.m. in the Marion Circuit Courtroom. This task force was recently created by the Indiana Supreme Court after critical reports in the national press suggested litigants in those courts do not always have the same access to justice as litigants in other Indiana courts. The Indiana Supreme Court website contains additional information on the task force and the public hearings.

Comments Sought on Proposed Parenting Time Guidelines

Proposed changes to Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines are now available for review. The proposed Guidelines are organized into sections on implementing Rules, Parenting Time, Parenting Coordination and Parallel Parenting. Comments will be accepted until Monday, March 26, 2012. The proposed changes and instructions for submitting your comments are posted at www.courts.in.gov.

Take Advantage of Free CLE

As a benefit of membership, all IndyBar members can earn up to six hours of free CLE each year through the bar’s Free CLE TV program. The sessions, which take place on the third Friday of each month (except December) in the IndyBar Education Center, cover an array of topics from IndyBar CLE programs held during the previous year. A full schedule is on the Bar’s website. The next free CLE is scheduled for March 16.

Inspire the Next Generation of Indy Attorneys

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” event is the perfect opportunity for Indianapolis attorneys to connect with local law students, providing helpful tips and information while also networking with the future generation of Indianapolis attorneys. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Hilton Indianapolis. A special feature of this year’s event will be the presentation of the 2012 Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence to the Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson. Attorneys should register for the luncheon online at the Bar’s website, while students should register at www.ibalunchwithalawyer.com.

Attorney Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Attorneys are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2012 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, April 10. Volunteers are being sought for for one of two shifts—2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.—at the program’s Southport library location. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Thank you, Legal Line volunteers!

Thank you to the following IndyBar members who volunteered their time for February’s Legal Line program: Kiamesha Colom, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Joseph Delamater, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; Andrew Campbell, Faegre Baker & Daniels LLP; Emily Campbell, Faegre Baker & Daniels LLP; Alicia Gooden, The Mediation Group; William Gooden, Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn; Brent Mosby, ExactTarget; Whitney Mosby, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Mary Foley Panzsi, Lewis Wagner LLP; and Allan Reid, Attorney at Law.•

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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