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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 ( or State Senator Jean Breaux (

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  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 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 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. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.