IBA Frontlines - Dec. 7, 2011

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Paid Internship with IndyBar Review

The Indianapolis Bar Association has an opening for a paid, winter internship position with its IndyBar Review program. Preference would be given to IndyBar law student members. Work schedule would be from 7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. from January 3 – February 17. Applicants should send resume with cover letter to Kari Hartman, Associate Executive Director, Indianapolis Bar Association, 135 N Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1500, Indpls, 46204, email or fax to 317-269-1915 by December 9.

Public Notice of Local Rule Amendments

The District Court has released for a period of public comment through December 15, 2011, the amendment of all civil Local Rules of the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, and if adopted, will be effective January 1, 2012. The proposed amendments are available on the court’s website.

Running for Judicial Office in 2012?

The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee requests that any non-incumbent candidates that will seek election to the Marion Superior Court bench in 2012 notify the bar so that information related to the PAC and the election process can be shared. Please contact Julie Armstrong at

Picture Yourself in the IndyBar Online Legal Directory

Did you know that IndyBar members have 24/7 access to an online directory featuring thousands of legal professionals–both IndyBar members and non-members–in the area? The IndyBar online directory can be found at, and the Bar wants to make sure as many lawyers as possible are included. If your directory listing does not include a photo, email your photo to

7.0 Hours of Free CLE Offered on December 16

Training of pro bono volunteers for the Protective Order Pro Bono Project will be held December 16th (a Friday) and will provide 7.0 hours of FREE CLE (Including .5 hours of Ethics credit) for those volunteers who take one case within the next 12 months. Hosted by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the seminar will be green, so laptops will be needed to access materials. Lunch will be provided and parking is free. To register

The POPBP recruits and trains pro bono attorneys, law students and paralegals to represent victims of domestic violence in their civil protection order hearings regardless of their current area of practice. This comprehensive training helps practitioners understand how to work for and with a survivor of violence, the ins and outs of Indiana’s Civil Protection Order Act, possible state and federal firearm laws that affect the parties, and JTAC’s Protection Order Registry. The training is a collaboration of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, the Julian Center, the Domestic Violence Network and Heartland Pro Bono Council.•


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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?