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Public Comments Accepted on Possible Changes to Senior Judge ProgramThe Indiana Supreme Court is seeking comments from the public, bar and bench on possible changes to the senior judge program. Comments can be submitted by email or postal mail through December 1, 2011. More information and instructions on how to submit your comments may be found on the Indiana Supreme Court website, www.in.gov/judiciary.

Memorial Service Scheduled for IU Maurer School of Law Professor

Indiana University Maurer School of Law lost an exceptional scholar when Pat Baude died on January 26, 2011 after a brief illness. Professor Baude’s intellect has been described as vast, brilliant, and noble. A memorial service for Prof. Baude will take place on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room at IU Maurer School of Law-Bloomington. A reception will follow in the Faculty Lounge.

St. Thomas More Society Membership & Upcoming Events

The Saint Thomas More Society, whose mission is to encourage Catholic lawyers, judges, and law students to grow in the practice of their faith and to work with other legal professionals to promote justice and ethical behavior, is inviting local practitioners to join the Society for 2011-2012. Included in the $50 dues are two free hours of CLE education in ethics. To join, send a check for $50 payable to St. Thomas More Society to 966 East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46201.

The Society has several upcoming events: a Red Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church at 5:30 p.m. on October 3, Mass at St. John’s at 12:10 p.m. on October 14 and on December 9th and a Members’ Lunch (including 1 hour free CLE) on November 11th at the Rathskeller. If you have questions about the Society or want to volunteer for events, please send a message to davidcerto@yahoo.com.

Community Court Hosting Open House and Community Day

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, Marion Superior Court-Community Court will host an Open House and Community day on September 29 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will feature free food, children’s activities, social service referrals and a mini-job fair.

Networking Made Easy!

Join experienced and respected practitioners from a wide variety of practice areas and backgrounds for an opportunity for informal networking and mentorship at the Senior Counsel Division’s Speed Networking event on October 4. Learn from the experiences of local attorneys and judges and make connections that can lead to fulfilling mentorship relationships.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet up to 12 attorney and judge participants who will be prepared to tackle topics such as tips from the bench, litigation, business law, labor and employment law, healthcare, strategies from growing your practice, ethical pitfalls, bankruptcy and real estate law among others during the course of the hour long program. For more information and to register online at www.indybar.org.

Attorney Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer 

Attorneys are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Fall 2011 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 11. Volunteers are being sought for for one of two shifts-2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.- at the program’s Brightwood, East Washington, Eagle and East 38th St. library locations as well as at the IndyBar office. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org. 

Solo and Small Firm Practitioners: This Program is for You!

Through the upcoming Surviving and Thriving program on Thursday, November 10, solo and small firm practitioners--whether newly graduated, seasoned pros or those transitioning to the solo/small firm world--will be provided with the tools, information and connections to not only survive, but thrive in the practice of law. In just one day you’ll get practical advice, answers to questions, education on various substantive law topics and important tips on how to build a successful business. Relevant programming combined with respected local speakers make Surviving and Thriving an essential and cost effective program for all solo and small firm practitioners. 7.0 hours of CLE credit are available in the full day program. Go to www.indybar.org to view the agenda and to access online registration.•

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  1. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

  2. Right on. Legalize it. We can take billions away from the drug cartels and help reduce violence in central America and more unwanted illegal immigration all in one fell swoop. cut taxes on the savings from needless incarcerations. On and stop eroding our fourth amendment freedom or whatever's left of it.

  3. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

  4. Why do so many lawyers get away with lying in court, Jamie Yoak?

  5. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

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