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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 www.indybar.org.

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 www.indybar.org 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. 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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