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Applications Being Taken for District Court Magistrate Position

The United States District Court is accepting applications for a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Indiana at Indianapolis, effective upon the appointment of Magistrate Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson to the bench of the United States District Court. The deadline for application is July 14. The application is available online at www.insd.uscourts.gov.

E-Filing Feedback

Do you have comments, concerns or questions about e-filing in Marion County? The IndyBar E-Filing Task Force wants to hear from you. Contact the task force by e-mailing iba@indybar.org.

Prep for the MPRE

The IndyBar is offering a review course to prepare you for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) required for Indiana Bar admission. The review course will be held on Saturday, July 31 and was created to help you brush up on the professional standards adopted by most jurisdictions in the U.S. The session is from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the IndyBar Education Center. Students should register for the course online at www.indybar.org. The exam is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and will take place on August 6; to register and view other exam dates, go National Conference of Bar Examiners website.

Midsummer’s Night Networking

Networking can be fun! Join the Women & the Law Division at its annual Summer Reception, to be held Wednesday, July 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Columbia Club. Attendees will enjoy cocktails and appetizers as well as entertainment by “Champagne & Potato Chips,” which features Sean Baker on piano and Nancy Baker on vocals. Don’t miss this fantastic annual event. See www.indybar.org for details and online registration.

Bench Bar Materials Online

Looking for handouts from the 2010 Bench Bar Conference in Louisville? Go to www.indybenchbar.org to download handouts from the Friday and Saturday sessions. Save the date for Bench Bar 2011: June 16-18 in French Lick.

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.  

Save the Date for Fabulous Las Vegas!


Mark your calendar for November 18-20, 2010, when the IndyBar will travel to Las Vegas for a CLE Getaway at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Enjoy two days of CLE seminars for both litigators and non-litigators, followed by nightly cocktail receptions. Registration will open July 13. Watch www.indybar.org for details!

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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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