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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. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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