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Mass Tort Rule Changes Open for Public Comment

The Marion Superior Court has offered amendments to the local rule governing mass tort cases which would provide for electronic filing of these cases. The text of the changes may be found online at www.indy.gov or at www.indybar.org . Comments are being taken until Friday, September 3 and should be forwarded to Therese Hannah, Special Master Marion Superior Court 2 at therese.hannah@indy.gov. Approved amendments would be effective January 1, 2011.

District 8 Pro Bono Chair Appointed

Hon. David A. Shaheed of the Marion Superior Court has been appointed to a three-year term as chair of the District 8 Pro Bono Committee by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard.

Volunteers Needed for Home Borrower Outreach Events

The Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network, in cooperation with the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, is recruiting attorneys to attend two home borrower outreach events to answer general legal questions about foreclosure proceedings. The first event, to be held Sept. 1 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Indiana National Guard Armory, will include a free workshop by IFPN counselors with attorney volunteers answering general legal questions, probably in small group settings, in two hour shifts. The second event, a partnership with the HOPE NOW Alliance, will be held on Sept. 16 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Lafayette Square Mall and will feature lenders present for face-to-face meetings with troubled borrowers. This event will also include attorney volunteers answering questions in two hour shifts in small group settings. If you are interested in receiving additional information, contact Megan Graves at megraves@hcda.in.gov, Brita Horvath at brita.horvath@bakerd.com, Andy Campbell at andrew.campbell@bakerd.com, or Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

E-Filing Trainings Scheduled

Two trainings for Marion County’s new File & Serve service are scheduled for Tuesday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 29. The trainings, presented jointly by Marion Superior Court and Lexis Nexis, will be held at the IndyBar Education Center. See www.indybar.org for details and registration information.

Don’t Miss These Section Socials

Two section socials are coming up...don’t miss these great opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow Indy practitioners! Business Law Section members will enjoy a free Summer Social on Wednesday, August 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rathskeller. This event will be held immediately after the section’s ethics seminar, which will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Rathskeller. The IndyBar Taxation Section will join with the local Estate Planning Council and Financial Planners Association for their annual social event on Tuesday, September 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Conrad Indianapolis. Register for these events at www.indybar.org.

Legal Line Volunteers Make a Difference

Members of the Indybar Young Lawyers Division were on hand to assist the public during the bar’s recent Legal Line free call-in advice program. Participating in the program were Tracy Betz, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Ben Caughey, Ice Miller LLP; Stephanie Eckerle, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP; Katherine Gould, Lewis Wagner LLP; Whitney Mosby, Bingham McHale LLP; Joel Nagle, Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle LLP; Lindsay Ramsey, Ice Miller LLP; and Chris Wahl, Hill Fulwider McDowell Funk & Mathews PC. Legal Line is held the second Tuesday of each month except December from 6-8 p.m. The number to call is 317-269-2000. To volunteer contact Caren Chopp, Indybar Pro Bono Coordinator at cchopp@indybar.org.

Turn Your Clients’ Business Risks into Financial Rewards: Tuesday, August 24

Do you know what captive insurance is, who qualifies for it, how they are formed and what drives clients to participate? Attend this seminar to find out. Topics discussed will also include how to profit from one’s business risk exposure, financial benefits of owning a captive including participation in underwriting profits, cost control of commercial insurance and compliance requirements, along with tax and asset protection benefits of owning a domestically licensed captive insurance company. Seminar includes 1 CLE.

Reasonable Searches According to the Supremes: Wednesday, August 25

Marion County’s long-time magistrate judge Mick Jensen will provide a review of 2009/2010 United States and Indiana Supreme Court decisions. Anyone practicing criminal law--particularly in Marion County’s drug courts--can benefit from Magistrate Jensen’s expertise. Seminar includes 1 CLE & NAC.

Plain English Civil Jury Instruction Seminars to be Held

The Indiana Judges Association will be hosting two Indianapolis area seminars on the new plain English civil jury instructions; the morning of October 6 at Primo Hall in Plainfield and the afternoon of October 21 at the Indianapolis Hilton North.

The seminars will focus on why plain English is important, the process used to get the model instructions, and how the new models are part of overall jury reform in Indiana.    Attendees can also examine some of the new models and have the opportunity to question the judges who wrote them.   Three hours of CLE will be offered, including one hour of ethics. The cost of the seminar is $145.00. Online registration opened August 16, 2010 at https://ijc.wufoo.com/forms/say-what-seminars-2010.

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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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