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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. 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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