IBA Frontlines -1/6/12

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IndyBar Can Help Build Your Clientele and Income

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) provides business development opportunities for IndyBar members while giving potential clients direction for legal representation. Fees earned by LRS attorneys from referred cases have ranged from several million dollars to a few thousand, with the average fees generated per attorney reaching nearly $5,000. To learn more contact Kari Hartman at or call 317-269-2000.

Have an Ethics Question? Make a Safe Ask

You have probably had a question at some point in your career that you had no clue how to answer–or maybe you wanted a second opinion. Where did you turn? Now, you have someone to ask. The Safe Ask program, created by the IndyBar Senior Counsel Division, provides a means whereby IndyBar attorney members may seek guidance and information–all in the name of assisting you with providing quality and ethical legal services to your clients. All communications will remain confidential to the extent there is not a violation of the Rule of Professional Conduct (see Rule 8.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct). For more information, visit

Check Out the IndyBar Job Bank

Looking for employment in Indy? At to check out the IndyBar’s job bank, which currently features postings for a Director of Legal Services/General Counsel at the Indiana Department of Revenue, Associate Counsel at Berry Plastics Corporation, and a Bankruptcy Judge position in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, among other postings for attorneys and support staff. Employers–this is a low-cost way to advertise for open positions!

Judicial Candidate Evaluation to Begin January 9

The Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (“JEPAC”) of the Indianapolis Bar Association will begin conducting its evaluation of 2012 candidates for Marion Superior Court at midnight Monday, January 9. The online survey will be sent to all members of the Indianapolis Bar Association; as well as attorneys from the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Marion County Public Defender Agency, and all attorneys that have entered an appearance in incumbent candidate courts since 2009. The survey will close on January 18.

Judicial candidates are also reminded to notify JEPAC of their candidacy by January 6, 2012, for inclusion in the judicial evaluation survey. To do so, please contact Julie Armstrong at

New Attorney Access Cards Begin Renewal February 23

The Marion County Court Administrator’s Office has announced the renewal schedule for attorney access cards to the City-County Building. Effective February 23, 2012 application and distribution will begin for new cards and those issued prior to that date will no longer be valid on April 1, 2012. Application cost for the 2012-13 card is $25.

To obtain an access card an attorney must complete the application form and bring it along with proper identification and payment to Court’s Jury Pool Office (2nd Floor, City-County Building), City-County Building, 200 E. Washington St., Center Tower, Room T-202, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Beginning February 23, 2012 hours for application and distribution are limited to Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Fridays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Forms are available at the Indianapolis Bar Association. They may also be obtained online at or•


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.