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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. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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