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Hoover Hull has announced the appointment of Elliott I. Pinkie to partner and Jessica A. Burke as associate.

Breanne J. Strubinger and Corey R. Meridew have joined the Indianapolis firm Schuckit & Associates as associates

Lewis Wagner has announced that Neal Bowling, Ryan J. Vershay, and Edward D. Thomas have joined the firm as lawyers. Issa K. Emeish, Jamie L. Morris, Darron E. Pennington and Maureen T. Roney have joined as paralegals.

Updated Indiana Trial Court Administration Manual Available

The 2010 Indiana Trial Court Administration Manual is now available online at www.in.gov/judiciary/admin. All chapters of the manual were updated on July 19, 2010, and three chapters were added: Transfer and venue, Mental Health Adjudication Reporting and Criminal Case Judgments and Report of Case Disposition.

Plain English Jury Instructions Now on LexisNexis

The Indiana Model Civil Jury Instructions, written in plain English, are now available through LexisNexis. The new instructions were prepared by the Civil Instructions Committee of the Indiana Judges Association (IJA). The instructions are currently only available through LexisNexis to those with a Lexis.com subscription. In late August or early September the instructions will also be available in book format to Lexis subscribers and at law libraries that carry the book, such as the Indiana Supreme Court library. For more information from the Indiana Judicial Center visit www.in.gov/judiciary/center.

Feedback Sought on Jury Questionnaire

Two committees have been formed to examine and possibly revise the jury questionnaire used in Marion County. The objective of this effort is to update the questionnaire, streamline how information is obtained and more effectively aid litigators in jury selection. To view additional information, the current jury questionnaire and a suggestion sheet for submitting your comments/feedback email Mary Kay Price at mprice@indybar.org.

Show Your Support for Diversity

Celebrate the IndyBar’s commitment to diversity at the Diversity & the Law Luncheon on Friday, August 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency. Members of the Indianapolis legal community are encouraged to attend to mingle with law students from across the country attending the job fair and to demonstrate the value placed on diversity in the city. Attorneys are also welcome to invite corporate clients to show their support of local diversity initiatives. The luncheon will feature former Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson as the keynote speaker. Individual tickets are available for $35 per person for reserved tables of 8 for $450. Go to www.indybar.org for additional details and to register online.

Fall Applied Professionalism Course Offered

Thinking ahead about end of year CLE credit requirements? New attorneys must complete the six hour Applied Professionalism Course within their first three-year educational cycle, and the IBA has just the course, offered on Friday, October 29. Registration is available online at www.indybar.org.

Do You Know a Consummate Professional?

The IBA Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2010 IBA Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IBA Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due Thursday, August 5. Nominate a deserving legal professional by e-mailing cchopp@indybar.org. Complete award criteria and information on the nominating process, as well as a listing of past award recipients, is available online at www.indybar.org.

Registration Now Open for Las Vegas CLE Getaway

Registration is now open for the IndyBar’s Las Vegas CLE Getaway, taking place November 18-20 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Registration is currently available for only $350 including six hours CLE, two cocktail parties and two breakfasts. Suites are also available at Thehotel at Mandalay Bay for only $139 a night! Go to www.indybar.org to register or for more information.

Two Hour Volunteer Opportunity

Ask a Lawyer, the Indianapolis Bar Association’s free legal advice program with the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, is in need of volunteers for its October 12, 2010 session. Attorneys are needed to staff the following Marion County Library locations from 2-4 p.m. or 4-6 p.m.: Brightwood, East Washington, East 38th Street, Shelby, and Southport. Contact Indianapolis Bar Pro Bono Coordinator Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org to volunteer.•
 

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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

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  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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