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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. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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