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Training Sessions Offered for Pro Bono Volunteers

The Julian Center, in partnership with Baker & Daniels, Barnes & Thornburg, Ice Miller, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, the Heartland Pro Bono Council, the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, is offering several upcoming continuing legal education classes. All sessions are offered for free to those who agree to accept a pro bono case. Advanced Family Law will be held on Friday, November 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at Baker & Daniels. Immigration Law will be held on Friday, October 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Ice Miller. For more information on these opportunities and online registration, please go to the Julian Center’s website.

District Court Historical Society Offers Legal History Symposium

The Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is pleased to announce its fourth annual Legal History CLE Symposium: “Civil Rights in the Southern District.” Scheduled for Friday, November 18 from 1 to 4:30 pm in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U. S. Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, speakers will include U. S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett speaking about significant civil rights cases to come out of the Southern District; Court Historian Doria Lynch, providing a biographical sketch of the Honorable S. Hugh Dillin; and Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Judge Denise K. LaRue leading a discussion on the Indianapolis Public Schools’ desegregation and busing case. For more information and registration instructions, go to the Court’s website.

Go Green with the IndyBar!

Join fellow IndyBar members for an opportunity to beautify our community! The IndyBar’s Go Green Committee will be partnering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) for a tree planting event on Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your family and friends! This is a great way to meet new people, spend time with friends and family and give back to the community. Additional details and sign up can be found on the Bar’s website at

Don’t Miss “Administering Justice”

The IndyBar’s Government Practice Section is excited to offer a unique opportunity to hear from high profile public officials who run the largest public sector law firms in Central Indiana! This event also features a post-seminar cocktail reception for networking and socializing with both the speakers and fellow program attendees. Join U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joseph H. Hogsett, Indiana Attorney General Gregory F. Zoeller and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry at “Administering Justice: A Panel Discussion” on Thursday, October 27, as they share information about their respective offices, discuss how their offices may interact and describe their roles in administering justice in the city and state. Included in the event registration is a post-seminar cocktail reception. Go to for more information and to register today!

Baker & Daniels Welcomes Seven IndyBar Members as New Associates

Five IndyBar members have joined Baker & Daniels LLP as associates in a variety of practice areas. The new associate lawyers are:

Patrick M. Bickley from Milan, Ohio, focuses on intellectual property work and patent prosecution in the downtown Indianapolis office. A 2011 graduate of the Chicago-Kent School of Law summa cum laude, Bickley earned an M.B.A. from the University of Findlay in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toledo in 2002. He is admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has previous experience as a materials development engineer.

Timothy J. Moriarty works with the firm’s business litigation practice group in the downtown Indianapolis office. He graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 2011 after serving as an aide to various public servants and candidates, including Congressman Andre Carson. Originally from Carmel, Ind., Moriarty was a summer associate with Baker & Daniels in 2010 and earned his bachelor’s degree in history with highest distinction from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in 2005.

Kathryn E. Olivier, who focuses on business litigation in the downtown Indianapolis office, graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 2009 after earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from DePauw University in 2005. A native of Indianapolis, Olivier was a summer associate with Baker & Daniels in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for justices on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the Hamilton County Circuit Court.

Pablo A. Svirsky focuses on corporate law for companies in the life sciences industry, practicing from the firm’s 96th Street office in Indianapolis. He is a 2010 graduate of Harvard Law School and received his bachelor’s degree in music business with honors and distinction from Indiana University in 2006. Since earning his law degree, Svirsky has served as a litigation fellow with The Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights.

Mindy A. Westrick is a member of the government services practice in downtown Indianapolis, where she is active in lobbying activities. Westrick graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 2011 after working as a government services specialist with Baker & Daniels for 2½ years during law school. She earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in political science and Spanish from the University of Indianapolis in 2006.


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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues