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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. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  5. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

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