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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. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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