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IBA Seeks Volunteers for Diversity Task Force

The IBA seeks members interested in serving on a short-term task force to undertake the creation of a report to the IBA Board of Directors regarding diversity within the Indianapolis Bar Association. The effort will be chaired by Marisol Sanchez of Bose McKinney & Evans. Work is slated to begin in June and conclude by September 2010. Those members interested should email Julie Armstrong, IBA Executive Director, at jarmstrong@indybar.org.

Diversity Job Fair Employer Openings

Local law firms and companies are urged to sign up to interview qualified diverse candidates for summer 2011 employment at the IBA Diversity Job Fair. Firms will interview on Friday, August 20; a welcome reception is set for Thursday, August 19. Keynote luncheon on August 20 will feature former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, now senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Eli Lilly and Co. Information and employer registration can be found at www.ibadiversityjobfair.org.

Opperman Roundtable Registration Now Open

Registration for the Leonard H. Opperman Chapter 11 Roundtable, presented by the IBA Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section, is now open. The seminar, reception and dinner will be held on Thursday, June 10 at the Hilton Indianapolis. The fourth annual Opperman Seminar will provide an exciting opportunity for attorneys to discuss and debate issues central to their everyday practice and will be moderated by two distinguished judges: the Honorable William R. Sawyer, United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Alabama; and the Honorable Thomas H. Fulton, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky.

Interested in Public Outreach - Let us Know

The IBA is forming a committee to create and/or organize the association’s public outreach activities unrelated to pro bono service. Examples may include programs or services such as educational videos, publications, programs for children, etc. The committee will be chaired by Andi Metzel of Benesch/Dann Pecar. IBA members interested in serving on the committee should email Julie Armstrong, IBA Executive Director, at jarmstrong@indybar.org.

Summer Kick-Off Cookout: Sat., May 15

Don’t miss this family-friendly kick-off to the summer, open to all IBA members and their families! We will be flaming up the grill for a “IBA Celebrity Cook-Off” and organizing games for kids and adults of all ages. This is an event for those who think that networking doesn’t always have to involve a suit jacket. Please bring your family for an afternoon of fun and entertainment

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful with the Young Lawyers Division

Don’t miss this opportunity to help beautify an area of our city near downtown Indianapolis with fellow members of the IBA Young Lawyers Division on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented by the Go Green Committee of the Young Lawyers Division in conjunction with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, this community service event is in need of volunteers to help complete a landscape project, which includes the planting of shrubs and trees.

Volunteers will meet at the parking lot at 271 Prospect St., near the intersection of Prospect and Alabama streets, and then will move as a group to the project site. Email bsmiley@indybar.org to volunteer.•

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  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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