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Running for Judicial Office in 2012?

The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee requests that any non-incumbent candidates that will seek election to the Marion Superior Court bench in 2012 notify the bar so that information related to the PAC and the election process can be shared. Please contact Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org.

Picture Yourself in the IndyBar Online Legal Directory

Did you know that IndyBar members have 24/7 access to an online directory featuring thousands of legal professionals–both IndyBar members and non-members–in the area? The IndyBar online directory can be found at www.indybar.org, and we want to make sure your photo is included! If your directory listing does not include a photo, email your photo to tmoore@indybar.org.

The IndyBar has been busy!

With more than 5,000 members, 22 sections and divisions and countless events, seminars and initiatives, the IndyBar has been busy! To catch up on everything going on with the bar, see www.indybar.org to access the IndyBar Mid Year report.

Recognize Excellence at the Recognition Luncheon

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 29, when the IndyBar and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation will honor many deserving local practitioners at the annual Recognition Luncheon, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Conrad Indianapolis. Stay tuned for announcements on this year’s award recipients, and register online for the luncheon online at www.indybar.org.  

Check Out the IndyBar Job Bank!

Looking for employment in Indy? The IndyBar’s website includes a job bank, which currently features postings for a Justice & Diversity Director at the Washington State Bar Association and an Ethics Officer at the Inter-Amercian Development Bank, among other postings for attorneys and support staff. This is a low-cost way to advertise for open positions.

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 an upcoming continuing legal education class. This session is offered for free to those who agree to accept a pro bono case. Bankruptcy and Consumer Law will be offered on Friday, December 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the IndyBar Education Center. For more information on this opportunity and online registration, please go to the Julian Center website.

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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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