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Gilliam Recognized by U.S. Army for Outstanding Civilian ServiceJudith Gilliam of Baker & Daniels LLP was honored by the United States Army with a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in recognition of her consistently high quality legal skills and exceptional dedication and service as a paralegal to wounded warriors.

For the past two years, Gilliam served in Germany as a paralegal in the Office of Soldiers Counsel — Medical Evaluation Board/Physical Evaluation Board in Europe, assisting wounded and disabled soldiers in completing disability evaluation for retention or retirement. She reviewed medical records, researched medical conditions, prepared legal documents, and assisted other paralegals and military attorneys located throughout Europe with case preparation.

Public Notice of Local Rule Amendments

The District Court has released for a period of public comment through December 15, 2011, the amendment of all civil Local Rules of the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, and if adopted, will be effective January 1, 2012. The proposed amendments are available on the court’s website.

Join us for Winter Fun With the Indiana Ice

Join the IndyBar Solo/Small Firm Section for the first IndyBar day with the Indiana Ice! Watch the Ice take on Green Bay at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Solo/Small Firm Section members attend for free, while Women & the Law Division members pay just $8 and all other IndyBar members and guests can attend for $13 each (discounted from $18 per ticket). Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for fun with colleagues, family and friends! Get additional details and register online at www.indybar.org.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers

Thank you to the following Wooden & McLaughlin LLP attorneys who graciously volunteered their time to staff the IndyBar’s November Legal Line program: Dale Eikenberry, Matt Adolay, Maureen Ward, Amy VonDielingen, Blaire Henley, Travis Smith, Matt Trainor and Kip McDonald.

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 the Bar wants to make sure as many lawyers as possible are included. If your directory listing does not include a photo, email your photo to tmoore@indybar.org.

7.0 Hours of Free CLE Offered on December 16

Training of pro bono volunteers for the Protective Order Pro Bono Project will be held December 16th (a Friday) and will provide 7.0 hours of FREE CLE (Including .5 hours of Ethics credit) for those volunteers who take one case within the next 12 months. Hosted by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the seminar will be green, so laptops will be needed to access materials. Lunch will be provided and parking is free. To register, contact the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The POPBP recruits and trains pro bono attorneys, law students and paralegals to represent victims of domestic violence in their civil protection order hearings regardless of their current area of practice. This comprehensive training helps practitioners understand how to work for and with a survivor of violence, the ins and outs of Indiana’s Civil Protection Order Act, possible state and federal firearm laws that affect the parties, and JTAC’s Protection Order Registry. The training is a collaboration of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, the Julian Center, the Domestic Violence Network and Heartland Pro Bono Council.•

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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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