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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. My daughter was taken from my home at the end of June/2014. I said I would sign the safety plan but my husband would not. My husband said he would leave the house so my daughter could stay with me but the case worker said no her mind is made up she is taking my daughter. My daughter went to a friends and then the friend filed a restraining order which she was told by dcs if she did not then they would take my daughter away from her. The restraining order was not in effect until we were to go to court. Eventually it was dropped but for 2 months DCS refused to allow me to have any contact and was using the restraining order as the reason but it was not in effect. This was Dcs violating my rights. Please help me I don't have the money for an attorney. Can anyone take this case Pro Bono?

  2. If justice is not found in a court room, it's time to clean house!!! Even judges are accountable to a higher Judge!!!

  3. The small claims system, based on my recent and current usage of it, is not exactly a shining example of justice prevailing. The system appears slow and clunky and people involved seem uninterested in actually serving justice within a reasonable time frame. Any improvement in accountability and performance would gain a vote from me. Speaking of voting, what do the people know about judges and justice from the bench perspective. I think they have a tendency to "vote" for judges based on party affiliation or name coolness factor (like Stoner, for example!). I don't know what to do in my current situation other than grin and bear it, but my case is an example of things working neither smoothly, effectively nor expeditiously. After this experience I'd pay more to have the higher courts hear the case -- if I had the money. Oh the conundrum.

  4. My dear Smith, I was beginning to fear, from your absense, that some Obrien of the Nanny State had you in Room 101. So glad to see you back and speaking truth to power, old chum.

  5. here is one from Reason magazine. these are not my words, but they are legitimate concerns. http://reason.com/blog/2010/03/03/fearmongering-at-the-splc quote: "The Southern Poverty Law Center, which would paint a box of Wheaties as an extremist threat if it thought that would help it raise funds, has issued a new "intelligence report" announcing that "an astonishing 363 new Patriot groups appeared in 2009, with the totals going from 149 groups (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) -- a 244% jump." To illustrate how dangerous these groups are, the Center cites some recent arrests of right-wing figures for planning or carrying out violent attacks. But it doesn't demonstrate that any of the arrestees were a part of the Patriot milieu, and indeed it includes some cases involving racist skinheads, who are another movement entirely. As far as the SPLC is concerned, though, skinheads and Birchers and Glenn Beck fans are all tied together in one big ball of scary. The group delights in finding tenuous ties between the tendencies it tracks, then describing its discoveries in as ominous a tone as possible." --- I wonder if all the republicans that belong to the ISBA would like to know who and why this outfit was called upon to receive such accolades. I remember when they were off calling Trent Lott a bigot too. Preposterous that this man was brought to an overwhelmingly republican state to speak. This is a nakedly partisan institution and it was a seriously bad choice.

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