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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. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  2. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  3. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  4. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  5. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

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