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Reappointment for Hon. Anthony J. Metz

According to a press release from the court, United States Bankruptcy Judge Anthony J. Metz of the Southern District of Indiana, a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors, has applied to be reappointed by the United States Court of Appeals to a new 14 year term when his current term expires on November 14, 2011. Comments are invited from the public and the bar as to whether Judge Metz should be reappointed. Those comments should be in writing and sent by March 1, 2011 to: Collins T. Fitzpatrick, Circuit Executive, 219 S. Dearborn St., Room 2780, Chicago, IL 60604.

Baker & Daniels Promotes Eikenberry

Baker & Daniels LLP has announced the promotion of Shawna Meyer Eikenberry from associate lawyer to counsel. Eikenberry practices with the construction and real property litigation team from the firm’s downtown Indianapolis office. Eikenberry, who joined Baker & Daniels in 2004, graduated magna cum laude from both Butler University in 1996 and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law–Bloomington in 1999.

Auction to be Held at Former Law Firm

An auction for office furniture and supplies from the now-defunct firm Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle LLP will be held on Saturday, February 5 at 9 a.m. For more information, including a listing of available items, please go to www.steffengrp.com.

What’s Up at the Statehouse?

Hear an update on pending legislation and get to know Indiana legislators at the IndyBar’s fifth annual seminar, “The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly,” which is hoted by the bar’s Senior Counsel Division. Attorneys who are state senators and representatives will lead a lively discussion during the luncheon on Tuesday, March 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency, 1 S. Capitol Ave. This event is being offered for 1.5 hours CLE credit. For more information and to register, go to www.indybar.org

Save the Date for TRAC

Mark calendars now...The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), a joint effort between the IndyBar and the North Carolina Bar Association, is returning to Indy on April 13 and 14, 2011. TRAC 2011, which will be held at the Conrad Indianapolis, will include topics on celebrity representation, non-profits and foundations, state and local governments and an in-depth focus on SAG/AFTRA, as well as multiple opportunities for socializing and networking. Visit www.racingattorneys.com for more information and registration details.

Job Seekers and Employers: Check out the IndyBar Job Bank!

Did you know that the IndyBar hosts a full job bank online at www.indybar.org? View open positions, advertise for employment opportunities and even post a resume if you are a job seeker looking for employment. Only IndyBar members are able to post resumes and IndyBar members get a seven day advanced viewing of all open employment opportunities.

Get a Head Start on 2011 CLE Requirements with the Litigation Skills Series

Don’t miss the 2011 Litigation Skills Series! This series is designed to hone your skills on each component of the trial process with practice pointers and advocacy tips from experienced trial lawyers. Get all of your annually required CLE credits, including 1 hour of ethics, at these one hour luncheon CLEs at the IndyBar. This is a great opportunity to network with litigators and judges, and by registering for the full series, you save $40! For more information and registration, go to www.indybar.org.•

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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