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Volunteers Needed for Naturalization CeremoniesTwice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse welcomes newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony, and you can be a part of it during 2011. We are looking for IndyBar attorney members to volunteer to participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. The ceremonies are typically held on Thursdays twice a month at 10 a.m. in a courtroom of the U.S. District Court downtown. To volunteer, please e-mail cchopp@indybar.org.

Guardian Ad Litem Training for Juvenile Delinquent Cases

Attorneys, law students, and paralegals are encouraged to volunteer as guardian ad litem for the Marion County Juvenile Court. Training for those interested should plan to attend training at the Marion County Juvenile Court, Muster Room on Thursday, January 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those interested should contact Ryan Hakes at Juvenile Court at rhakes@indy.gov.

Modest Means Panel

Looking for modest income and a high degree of satisfaction for serving those in need? The Bar’s Modest Means Panel is in need of attorney’s to assist in the area of family law. Client referrals are made from Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, Inc. and Indiana Legal Services Organization, Inc., and the referred individuals have an income that falls between 125% and 175% of the Federal Poverty Level.

To participate an attorney must agree to the following rate structure for Modest Means cases: $25 maximum charge for initial 30-minute consultation; $50 per hour maximum hourly rate; and $500 maximum retainer.

Those interested should contact Chris Lacey at clacey@indybar.org or (317)269-2000.

Lawyer Assistance Program

You don’t have to deal with your problems alone. The IndyBar Lawyer Assistance Program provides information, assistance and support for attorneys and those who are aware of attorneys who are struggling with depression, temporary disability, alcohol & substance abuse, gambling addiction and other issues. Contact the IndyBar Executive Director Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org or 317-269-1900 or Ed Hopper at ehopper@bfwlawyers.com or 317-261-4740x321 for help. *All communications are confidential under Supreme Court Rule 31.

Holiday Closings

The IndyBar office will be closed Thursday, November 25; Friday, November 26; Friday, December 24; and Friday, December 31 for the holidays. 11th Hour CLE Video Replays will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. December 28-30.•

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  1. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

  2. Right on. Legalize it. We can take billions away from the drug cartels and help reduce violence in central America and more unwanted illegal immigration all in one fell swoop. cut taxes on the savings from needless incarcerations. On and stop eroding our fourth amendment freedom or whatever's left of it.

  3. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

  4. Why do so many lawyers get away with lying in court, Jamie Yoak?

  5. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

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