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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 khartman@indybar.org 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 www.indybar.org.

Check Out the IndyBar Job Bank

Looking for employment in Indy? At www.indybar.org 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 jarmstrong@indybar.org.

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 www.courts.indy.gov or www.indybar.org.•

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  4. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  5. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

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