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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 ticking...do 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 www.indybar.org

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 cchopp@indybar.org or 269-2000 if you are interested in participating.•

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  1. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  2. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  3. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.

  4. I have dealt with more than a few I-465 moat-protected government attorneys and even judges who just cannot seem to wrap their heads around the core of this 800 year old document. I guess monarchial privileges and powers corrupt still ..... from an academic website on this fantastic "treaty" between the King and the people ... "Enduring Principles of Liberty Magna Carta was written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king. There are two principles expressed in Magna Carta that resonate to this day: "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land." "To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice." Inspiration for Americans During the American Revolution, Magna Carta served to inspire and justify action in liberty’s defense. The colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta. They embedded those rights into the laws of their states and later into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution ("no person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.") is a direct descendent of Magna Carta's guarantee of proceedings according to the "law of the land." http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/

  5. I'm not sure what's more depressing: the fact that people would pay $35,000 per year to attend an unaccredited law school, or the fact that the same people "are hanging in there and willing to follow the dean’s lead in going forward" after the same school fails to gain accreditation, rendering their $70,000 and counting education worthless. Maybe it's a good thing these people can't sit for the bar.

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