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Seeking Volunteers for IndyBar Committees

The Standing Committees of the Bar and several bar initiatives are in need of the energy and intellect of the members of the Bar. Specifically, the groups seeking volunteers are as follows: Standing Committee on Pro Bono, Legal Services Advisory Committee, Professionalism Committee, Diversity Job Fair Steering Committee, Publications Committee, Lawyers Assistance Committee, Indianapolis Bar Foundation Dinner/Auction Committee, Indianapolis Bar Foundation Golf Outing Committee, Legislative Committee, and Membership Committee.

To volunteer email Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org or call 269-2000 to speak with her. Interested volunteers may also contact 2011 Indianapolis Bar Association President Mike Hebenstreit at mjh@whzlaw.com

IBF Scholarship Deadline Extended

Don’t miss out on a scholarship opportunity from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation! The deadline for 2010/2011 academic and educational scholarships has been extended until October 29, 2010. Go to www.indybar.org for the application and additional information.

Birch Bayh Federal Courthouse Renovations Under Way

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has advised that major renovations within the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Indianapolis are causing changes in the locations of judges’ chambers, courtroom closures, elevator shutdowns, and blockages of public corridors.

Attorneys are advised to pay careful attention to notices issued by the court so that they stay apprised of changes to locations of conferences, hearings, and trials. The court recommends that attorneys allow a few extra moments when arriving at the courthouse to navigate around the areas under construction and verify that they have the most up-to-date information regarding the location of their court business.

Questions regarding the location of business scheduled before the court should be directed to the District Court Clerk’s Office at (317) 229-3700 for assistance.

The construction is in conjunction with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will result in installation of new fire and life safety systems, new heating and cooling systems, and a more energy efficient courthouse. The project will be conducted in phases and is expected to be completed in late summer 2012.

Supreme Court Approves Changes to Advertising Rule

The Indiana Supreme Court amended attorney conduct rules to prevent lawyers from contacting accident victims immediately after an accident. the changes include an amendment to Rule 7.3(b)(3). This provision prohibits attorneys from making in-person, written or electronic solicitations in cases involving personal injury or wrongful death within 30 days of an accident or disaster. The order states, “This restriction is reasonably required by the sensitized state of the potential clients, who may be either injured or grieving over the loss of a family member, and the abuses that experience has shown exist in this type of solicitation.” The changes will take effect on January 1, 2011. For more information visit the Indiana Supreme Court’s website.

Save the Date: IBA/IBF Recognition Luncheon

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 10, when the IndyBar and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation will honor many deserving local practitioners at the IBA/IBF Recognition Luncheon, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Conrad Indianapolis. Stay tuned for announcements on this year’s award recipients, and register online for the luncheon at www.indybar.org.•

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  1. 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

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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.

  4. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

  5. Have been seeing this wonderful physician for a few years and was one of his patients who told him about what we were being told at CVS. Multiple ones. This was a witch hunt and they shold be ashamed of how patients were treated. Most of all, CVS should be ashamed for what they put this physician through. So thankful he fought back. His office is no "pill mill'. He does drug testing multiple times a year and sees patients a minimum of four times a year.

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