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Moreno Joins Barnes & Thornburg’s Chicago Office

Marco A. Moreno has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP as an of counsel member of the Corporate Department in the firm’s Chicago, Ill., office. Moreno received his law degree from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2003. During law school, he was a summer associate at Lewis & Kappes, P.C. Moreno received his bachelor’s degree from Trine University in 2000. While at Trine, he was a judicial clerk for the LaGrange Superior Court for the Hon. George E. Brown.

Court Requiring Renewal of Attorney Access Cards

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 cards issued prior to that date will no longer be valid on April 1, 2012. Please note: Application cost for the 2012-13 card is $25, and attorneys must appear in-person with a completed application and identification to receive a new card. For the full guidelines and application instructions, go to www.indybar.org or www.indy.gov.

View Chief Justice Shepard’s Final “State of the Judiciary” Online

Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard’s final address to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly is available on the court’s website for viewing. The standing room audience attending the live presentation were joined by former justices Hon. Ted Boehm, Hon. Myra Selby and the Hon. Roger DeBruler. The retirement of Chief Justice Shepard, announced on December 19, creates an opening on the five-member Indiana Supreme Court. Applications for the upcoming vacancy on the state’s highest court are due January 27, 2012. The Chief Justice retires March 4.

Plan Ahead and Save

Get a jump start on 2012 CLE credits by registering for one of the IndyBar’s convenient CLE series packages–and save on registration fees, too! Both the Family Law Practical Application Series and the Litigation Skills Series offer the opportunity to get reduced registration fees while registering up-front for your full year’s needs for legal education while attending high quality CLE sessions. Information and registration for both of the series is on the Bar’s website.•

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  1. I expressed my thought in the title, long as it was. I am shocked that there is ever immunity from accountability for ANY Government agency. That appears to violate every principle in the US Constitution, which exists to limit Government power and to ensure Government accountability. I don't know how many cases of legitimate child abuse exist, but in the few cases in which I knew the people involved, in every example an anonymous caller used DCS as their personal weapon to strike at innocent people over trivial disagreements that had no connection with any facts. Given that the system is vulnerable to abuse, and given the extreme harm any action by DCS causes to families, I would assume any degree of failure to comply with the smallest infraction of personal rights would result in mandatory review. Even one day of parent-child separation in the absence of reasonable cause for a felony arrest should result in severe penalties to those involved in the action. It appears to me, that like all bureaucracies, DCS is prone to interpret every case as legitimate. This is not an accusation against DCS. It is a statement about the nature of bureaucracies, and the need for ADDED scrutiny of all bureaucratic actions. Frankly, I question the constitutionality of bureaucracies in general, because their power is delegated, and therefore unaccountable. No Government action can be unaccountable if we want to avoid its eventual degeneration into irrelevance and lawlessness, and the law of the jungle. Our Constitution is the source of all Government power, and it is the contract that legitimizes all Government power. To the extent that its various protections against intrusion are set aside, so is the power afforded by that contract. Eventually overstepping the limits of power eliminates that power, as a law of nature. Even total tyranny eventually crumbles to nothing.

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  3. Hemp has very little THC which is needed to kill cancer cells! Growing cannabis plants for THC inside a hemp field will not work...where is the fear? From not really knowing about Cannabis and Hemp or just not listening to the people teaching you through testimonies and packets of info over the last few years! Wake up Hoosier law makers!

  4. If our State Government would sue for their rights to grow HEMP like Kentucky did we would not have these issues. AND for your INFORMATION many medical items are also made from HEMP. FOOD, FUEL,FIBER,TEXTILES and MEDICINE are all uses for this plant. South Bend was built on Hemp. Our states antiquated fear of cannabis is embarrassing on the world stage. We really need to lead the way rather than follow. Some day.. we will have freedom in Indiana. And I for one will continue to educate the good folks of this state to the beauty and wonder of this magnificent plant.

  5. Put aside all the marijuana concerns, we are talking about food and fiber uses here. The federal impediments to hemp cultivation are totally ridiculous. Preposterous. Biggest hemp cultivators are China and Europe. We get most of ours from Canada. Hemp is as versatile as any crop ever including corn and soy. It's good the governor laid the way for this, regrettable the buffoons in DC stand in the way. A statutory relic of the failed "war on drugs"

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