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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. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  2. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  3. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

  4. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  5. This article proved very enlightening. Right ahead of sitting the LSAT for the first time, I felt a sense of relief that a score of 141 was admitted to an Indiana Law School and did well under unique circumstances. While my GPA is currently 3.91 I fear standardized testing and hope that I too will get a good enough grade for acceptance here at home. Thanks so much for this informative post.

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