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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 http://www.in.gov/judiciary/jud-qual/2946.htm. 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 www.inbar.org.

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 www.indybar.org/store/. 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 www.indybar.org for full details on the directory, including instructions for updating your member information. Interested in advertising in the directory? Contact Tara Moore at tmoore@indybar.org for further information. Don’t forget—the full directory is always available online by logging in at www.indybar.org.•

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  1. He called our nation a nation of cowards because we didn't want to talk about race. That was a cheap shot coming from the top cop. The man who decides who gets the federal government indicts. Wow. Not a gentleman if that is the measure. More importantly, this insult delivered as we all understand, to white people-- without him or anybody needing to explain that is precisely what he meant-- but this is an insult to timid white persons who fear the government and don't want to say anything about race for fear of being accused a racist. With all the legal heat that can come down on somebody if they say something which can be construed by a prosecutor like Mr Holder as racist, is it any wonder white people-- that's who he meant obviously-- is there any surprise that white people don't want to talk about race? And as lawyers we have even less freedom lest our remarks be considered violations of the rules. Mr Holder also demonstrated his bias by publically visiting with the family of the young man who was killed by a police offering in the line of duty, which was a very strong indicator of bias agains the offer who is under investigation, and was a failure to lead properly by letting his investigators do their job without him predetermining the proper outcome. He also has potentially biased the jury pool. All in all this worsens race relations by feeding into the perception shared by whites as well as blacks that justice will not be impartial. I will say this much, I do not blame Obama for all of HOlder's missteps. Obama has done a lot of things to stay above the fray and try and be a leader for all Americans. Maybe he should have reigned Holder in some but Obama's got his hands full with other problelms. Oh did I mention HOlder is a bank crony who will probably get a job in a silkstocking law firm working for millions of bucks a year defending bankers whom he didn't have the integrity or courage to hold to account for their acts of fraud on the United States, other financial institutions, and the people. His tenure will be regarded by history as a failure of leadership at one of the most important jobs in our nation. Finally and most importantly besides him insulting the public and letting off the big financial cheats, he has been at the forefront of over-prosecuting the secrecy laws to punish whistleblowers and chill free speech. What has Holder done to vindicate the rights of privacy of the American public against the illegal snooping of the NSA? He could have charged NSA personnel with violations of law for their warrantless wiretapping which has been done millions of times and instead he did not persecute a single soul. That is a defalcation of historical proportions and it signals to the public that the government DOJ under him was not willing to do a damn thing to protect the public against the rapid growth of the illegal surveillance state. Who else could have done this? Nobody. And for that omission Obama deserves the blame too. Here were are sliding into a police state and Eric Holder made it go all the faster.

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  4. 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...

  5. 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

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