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In Memorium. Judge Robert R. Staton, formerly of the Indiana Court of Appeals and a long-time member of the Indianapolis Bar, passed away on Monday, July 18. Judge Staton was elected to the Indiana Court of Appeals in November 1970 and served until March 2000.

 John R. Carr Jr. passed away Sunday, July 17. Mr. Carr actively served the Indianapolis Bar in a variety of capacities during his long career. He was also the father of Indianapolis Bar member John Carr, III.

“Acts of Interest to Attorneys” Available to Download

Each year the Senate Democrats produce a summary of new laws approved by the Indiana General Assembly. The “Acts of Interest to Attorneys” is available as a free PDF download from the Indiana Senate website. Hardcopies or CDs of the publication can be requested at no cost from the office of State Senator Greg Taylor (s33@iga.in.gov) or State Senator Jean Breaux (s34@iga.in.gov).

Don’t Miss Out: Nominate a Deserving Colleague for the Professionalism Awards

Nominations are open for the 2011 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominate a deserving legal professional by e-mailing cchopp@indybar.org  by Monday, August 8. Complete award criteria and information on the nominating process, as well as a listing of past award recipients, is available on the Indybar website. Recipients will be honored at the Mentors Who Matter luncheon on Thursday, September 8, which will feature special guest speaker Coach Brad Stevens of Butler University. See indybar.org for more information.

“Breaking Barriers to Re-Entry” Pro Bono Training Available

The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC) and the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee have teamed up to offer a training session on NCLC’s Breaking Barriers to Re-entry program, a program created to address the often overwhelming legal barriers to financial stability arising from incarceration. This six hour CLE will take place on Friday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the IndyBar Education Center and will address the most common civil legal issues facing ex-offenders in Indiana. The program and CLE credit is available for free to those agreeing to take on one pro bono ex-offender case.

Registration Now Open for Las Vegas CLE Getaway

Join us October 13-16, 2011, when the IndyBar will travel to Las Vegas for a CLE Getaway at The Mirage. Enjoy two days of CLE seminars for both litigators and non-litigators, a Thursday evening cocktail reception and breakfasts on both Friday and Saturday. This is a can’t-miss opportunity for out-of-town fun and quality educational programming. Go to indybar.org for online registration and more information.

Check Out the IndyBar Job Bank!

Looking for employment in Indy? Check out the IndyBar’s job bank on its website, which currently features a posting for Executive Director of the Lafayette Square Area Coalition, a six year old volunteer-led economic development organization on the northwest side of Indianapolis, among other postings for attorneys and summer associates. Employers--this is a great, low-cost way to advertise for open positions.•

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  1. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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