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Hall Render Announces New Shareholders

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman recently announced that Jeffrey L. Carmichael, Mark J. Swearingen, Regan E. Tankersley and John F. Williams, III have been named Shareholders.

Jeffrey L. Carmichael is a 1995 graduate of Indiana University School of Law, summa cum laude, and concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of tax, tax exemption, and business transactions.

Mark J. Swearingen is a 1998 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and focuses his practice in the areas of health information systems and regulatory compliance as well as antitrust and patient care issues.

Regan E. Tankersley is a 2002 graduate of Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis and focuses her practice in the areas of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement as well as regulatory and compliance work.

John F. Williams, III is a 2002 graduate of George Mason University School of Law and concentrates his practice in litigation and risk management.

Bingham McHale Welcomes New Attorneys

Kathryn Morgan Cimera and Terren Magid have joined the law firm of Bingham McHale LLP. Ms. Cimera is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and Indiana University Bloomington. Mr. Magid is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Tulane University.

The clock is you have your CLE credits?

The IndyBar still has several opportunities to get continuing legal education credit through live seminars. We’re offering our popular 11th Hour Video Replays, selections of IndyBar CLEs from throughout the year shown through the day on December 28, 29 and 30. View one or view them all! To view the video schedule for Tues., December 28, Wed., December 29, and Thurs., December 30, go to

Volunteers Needed for Low Asset Wills Program

Volunteers are currently being sought for the IndyBar’s Low Asset Wills program, a pro bono initiative that endeavors to provide individuals in need of last wills and testaments and advance directives with free legal assistance.

Local social and legal service providers, as well as the IndyBar, advertise this program to the public. Financial applications from potential individuals to be served by the program will be accepted from January 1 until March 31, 2011.

Applications are financially screened and those qualifying will be matched with an attorney volunteer. The qualifying applicant will receive a letter with the attorney’s contact information. The attorney will receive a fax with the client’s information. The applicant will be responsible for contacting the attorney to set up an appointment.

Document templates will be provided electronically to each volunteer. Volunteers should be flexible as some of those who qualify for this program will not have unlimited access to transportation.

The time commitment is minimal–but the impact is great. Feedback shows that each client assignment takes about 3-5 hours of time. Contact Caren Chopp at or 269-2000 if you are interested in participating.•


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.