IBA Frontlines 4/27/12

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McCrory Named Chair of Women United by United Way of Central Indiana

Frost Brown Todd’s Patricia Polis McCrory has been named Chair of Women United by United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) for 2012-2014. By virtue of that role, McCrory will also serve on United Way’s board of directors and on United Way’s Resource Development Committee. Ms. McCrory is a member in Frost Brown Todd’s business litigation practice group. She concentrates her practice in business, complex litigation and environmental matters.

ABA Announces No Changes to be Proposed to Policy Prohibiting Nonlawyer Ownership

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 decided at its April meeting that it will not propose changes to the current ABA policy that prohibits non-lawyer ownership of law firms. Regarding the decision, Commission co-chairs Jamie S. Gorelick and Michael Traynor said, “Since its creation in 2009, the commission has undertaken a careful study of alternative law practice structures. Based on the commission’s extensive outreach, research, consultation, and the response of the profession, there does not appear to be a sufficient basis for recommending a change to ABA policy on non-lawyer ownership of law firms.”

Applications Available for Judicial Position on the Court of Appeals of Indiana

A position on the Court of Appeals of Indiana will be available when Judge Carr Darden retires this summer. Judge Darden was named to the Court of Appeals by Governor Evan Bayh in 1994. His retirement creates an opening on the fifteen-member court. The application and application instructions for the position are available online at Applications are due May 9, 2012. The Commission will conduct initial public interviews of qualified candidates in Indianapolis on May 15-17, 2012, followed by second interviews on June 4-5, 2012.

Celebration Dinner for Justice Shepard Planned

On May 10, the Indiana State Bar Association, in conjunction with the Indiana Supreme Court, will be holding a celebration dinner at the JW Marriott in honor of former Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with dinner to begin at 7 p.m. Individual tickets for the event are available for $75, and tables of ten can be purchased for $800. In addition, the planning committee is collecting tributes to be included in the event program. For information on submitting a tribute as well as registration information, visit the Indiana State Bar Association website at

Deadline Approaching—Have You Ordered Your Legal Directory?

The IndyBar will release a new edition of the print directory in Summer 2012. This directory includes more than 6,000 legal professionals—both members and non-members—in the Indy area, as well as useful contact information for courts and agencies. The directory is available for pre-order at All orders must be placed by Friday, April 27.

 Help us compile the most accurate directory possible—make sure to check your contact information and submit a photo to be included with your listing. See for full details on the directory, including instructions for updating your member information. Interested in advertising in the directory? Contact Tara Moore at for further information. Don’t forget—the full directory is always available online by logging in at•


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  1. Lori, you must really love wedding cake stories like this one ... happy enuf ending for you?

  2. This new language about a warning has not been discussed at previous meetings. It's not available online. Since it must be made public knowledge before the vote, does anyone know exactly what it says? Further, this proposal was held up for 5 weeks because members Carol and Lucy insisted that all terms used be defined. So now, definitions are unnecessary and have not been inserted? Beyond these requirements, what is the logic behind giving one free pass to discriminators? Is that how laws work - break it once and that's ok? Just don't do it again? Three members of Carmel's council have done just about everything they can think of to prohibit an anti-discrimination ordinance in Carmel, much to Brainard's consternation, I'm told. These three 'want to be so careful' that they have failed to do what at least 13 other communities, including Martinsville, have already done. It's not being careful. It's standing in the way of what 60% of Carmel residents want. It's hurting CArmel in thT businesses have refused to locate because the council has not gotten with the program. And now they want to give discriminatory one free shot to do so. Unacceptable. Once three members leave the council because they lost their races, the Carmel council will have unanimous approval of the ordinance as originally drafted, not with a one free shot to discriminate freebie. That happens in January 2016. Why give a freebie when all we have to do is wait 3 months and get an ordinance with teeth from Day 1? If nothing else, can you please get s copy from Carmel and post it so we can see what else has changed in the proposal?

  3. Here is an interesting 2012 law review article for any who wish to dive deeper into this subject matter: Excerpt: "Judicial interpretation of the ADA has extended public entity liability to licensing agencies in the licensure and certification of attorneys.49 State bar examiners have the authority to conduct fitness investigations for the purpose of determining whether an applicant is a direct threat to the public.50 A “direct threat” is defined as “a significant risk to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a modification of policies, practices or procedures, or by the provision of auxiliary aids or services as provided by § 35.139.”51 However, bar examiners may not utilize generalizations or stereotypes about the applicant’s disability in concluding that an applicant is a direct threat.52"

  4. We have been on the waiting list since 2009, i was notified almost 4 months ago that we were going to start receiving payments and we still have received nothing. Every time I call I'm told I just have to wait it's in the lawyers hands. Is everyone else still waiting?

  5. I hope you dont mind but to answer my question. What amendment does this case pretain to?