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Help the IndyBar Recognize the Hard Work of Paralegals

Nominate an outstanding paralegal in your life for the Paralegal of the Year Award and make plans to attend the annual Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, April 12 at Ruth’s Chris in Indianapolis. To be eligible for the award, the paralegal must be a member of the IndyBar, have made an exceptional contribution to the paralegal profession, be recognized as a good role model for the paralegal profession and be deserving of special recognition. Don’t delay—nominations are due March 19. The nomination form, instructions, and registration information for the Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon are online at www.indybar.org.

Inspire the Next Generation of Indy Attorneys

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” event is the perfect opportunity for Indianapolis attorneys to connect with local law students, providing helpful tips and information while also networking with the future generation of Indianapolis attorneys. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Hilton Indianapolis. A special feature of this year’s event will be the presentation of the 2012 Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence to the Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson. Attorneys should register for the luncheon online at www.indybar.org, while students should register at www.ibalunchwithalawyer.com.

It’s Legal Directory Time!

The IndyBar will release a new edition of the print directory in Summer 2012. This directory includes more than 6,000 legal professionals—both members and non-members—in the Indy area, as well as useful contact information for courts and agencies. The directory is available for pre-order only at www.indybar.org. Help us compile the most accurate directory possible—make sure to check your contact information and submit a photo to be included with your listing. Go to www.indybar.org for full details on the directory, including instructions for updating your member information. Interested in advertising in the directory? Contact Tara Moore at tmoore@indybar.org for further information. The full directory is always available online by logging in at www.indybar.org and navigating to http://www.indybar.org/membership/directory.

Don’t Miss Out on TRAC 2012

The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), an annual event co-sponsored by the IndyBar and the North Carolina Bar Association, combines education, development and networking with leaders in the motorsports industry. Now in its fifth year, the 2012 conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina April 10-11. For details on this year’s program and registration information, please visit www.racingattorneys.com.•

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  3. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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