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Commission Accepting Applications for Supreme Court Vacancy

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission is currently accepting applications for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court caused by Justice Theodore Boehm’s retirement in September 2010. Candidates must be Indiana residents and must have been a member of the Indiana bar for ten years or an Indiana judge for five years. Applications, due June 30, are available here. Go here for more information from the Supreme Court.

Website Aims to Educate Voters

Voters can learn about the Indiana Appellate Court judges on the November retention ballot at a special website provided by the court. The website, which can be found at www.courts.in.gov/retention, is designed to give voters accessed to both biographical information about the judges and details on decisions they have made while serving on the bench.

Joseph Maley Foundation 5K Run, Walk, and Roll

The Joseph Maley Foundation invites all runners, walkers and wheelchair racers to be part of the 2nd Annual Joseph Maley Foundation 5K Run, Walk, and Roll. The event, which includes a 5K run and a two mile family walk, will take place on Saturday, July 10, at 8 a.m. at Eagle Creek Park. To register online, go to www.josephmaley.org.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers

Thank you to the following individuals for volunteering their time at the IndyBar’s monthly Legal Line program: Michael Getty, Doug Hill, Kevin Hoover, Keith Kinney, Carolyn Miller and Christopher Wahl, all of Hill Fulwider McDowell Funk & Matthews PC, and David Duncan, Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle, LLP; Michael Gaerte, Borland & Gaerte PC; and Edward Thomas, Lewis Wagner LLP.

The IBF Needs You!

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s annual Evening Under the Stars event is a major source of funding for the IBF’s various grants and initiatives, and you can help the 2010 event to be the most successful one yet. The IBF is looking for donations of items to be placed in the silent auction at the event. Creativity is encouraged! For more information or to donate, contact Megan Tinder at mtinder@indybar.org..

We’ve Got Legal Directories!

A limited number of 2010 IBA Legal Directories are available for purchase. This pictorial directory features listings for nearly 5,000 legal professionals in the Indy area, plus contact information for firms, courts and agencies. Each directory is $40 and can be purchased at the IBA office or contacting iba@indybar.org.

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  1. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  2. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  3. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  4. I totally agree with John Smith.

  5. An idea that would harm the public good which is protected by licensing. Might as well abolish doctor and health care professions licensing too. Ridiculous. Unrealistic. Would open the floodgates of mischief and abuse. Even veteranarians are licensed. How has deregulation served the public good in banking, for example? Enough ideology already!

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