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Legal Line Volunteers

Appreciation goes to those that provided help to the community during the March Legal Line program. Offering telephone based legal advice dozens of callers during the two hour event were Blake Orner of Grant & Grant; Sarah Starkey and Edward Mulligan of Cohen & Malad; Mark Waterfill, Jeffrey Abrams, Samuel Hodson, Kiamesha Colom, Stephanie Penninger, Jeffrey Kosc, and Reagan Gibson of Benesch.

Several Proposed Rule Amendments Open for Comment

The Marion Superior Court and the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure have posted several proposed rule amendments that are currently open for public comment. Visit www.indybar.org for details, deadlines and instructions for submitting comments.

Need APC Credit?

The IndyBar has the Applied Professionalism Course for you. Featuring esteemed presenters and interactive breakout sessions, the IndyBar’s Applied Professionalism Course on April 19 is the perfect way to satisfy this credit requirement for attorneys in their first three years of practice. PLUS, registration includes a complimentary social event at Champp’s immediately following the course! See www.indybar.org to learn more and register online.

Recognize the Hard Work of Paralegals

Take time out to give a nod to an outstanding paralegal in your life by attending the annual Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, April 12 at Ruth’s Chris in Indianapolis. The luncheon will feature the presentation of IndyBar’s Paralegal of the Year Award. Registration is now open at www.indybar.org.

Advertise with the IndyBar

Looking for a way to reach thousands of Indy legal practitioners? Advertise with the IndyBar! Several options to fit any budget are available, including packages for the upcoming IndyBar Print Legal Directory. Go online to www.indybar.org to learn more or contact Tara Moore at tmoore@indybar.org.

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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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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