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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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  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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