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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. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  4. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  5. 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

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