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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. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  2. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  3. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

  4. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  5. This article proved very enlightening. Right ahead of sitting the LSAT for the first time, I felt a sense of relief that a score of 141 was admitted to an Indiana Law School and did well under unique circumstances. While my GPA is currently 3.91 I fear standardized testing and hope that I too will get a good enough grade for acceptance here at home. Thanks so much for this informative post.

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