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Retired Chief Justice Shepard steps into Senior Judge role at Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals of Indiana welcomes retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard to its rank of distinguished Senior Judges, effective April 4.

Guardian Ad Litem Training Available 

Kid’s Voice will offer a training session for Guardians Ad Litem from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on May 8. The training, which is co-sponsored by the IndyBar Litigation Section, includes 6.8 hours of CLE credit. Attorneys are expected to accept two pro bono Guardian ad Litem cases for Kids’ Voice after completing the training. For more information and registration instructions contact Kids’ Voice.

Join Us for Breakfast!

The IndyBar’s Paralegal Committee and the Solo/Small Firm section have teamed up to create a four-part breakfast series designed to strengthen both individual work styles and skills as well as the paralegal/attorney relationship. This invaluable series will provide real-world tips and tricks to help improve efficiency and effectiveness on a daily basis while allowing for one-on-one interaction between attendees and the facilitator. The first session—Working Styles: How to Motivate, Manage & Be Managed—will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the IndyBar. Learn more about the full series and register online at www.indybar.org.

Want to Work the Polls May 8? Free Inspector Training Available

Marion County is looking for inspectors, clerks and judges to work the polls on May 8, and the IndyBar is offering a free training session that qualifies for CLE credit. The training session will be held on April 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the IndyBar Education Center. Three hours of general CLE credit is available. To work a poll in Marion County, you must be a registered voter and live in Marion County. You also must attend a training session regardless if you have attended training in the past. All poll workers will receive the same training for the election. For registration and more information visit www.indybar.org.

Feedback Requested on Attorney Reinstatement

Former Indianapolis Bar Association member Ryan W. Snyder has petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission for reinstatement to the practice of law. The Commission has requested that members of the IndyBar who have an opinion that Mr. Snyder should, or should not, be readmitted to practice address the Commission by letter stating their views as soon as possible. Letters should be sent to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 850, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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  1. Poor Judge Brown probably thought that by slavishly serving the godz of the age her violations of 18th century concepts like due process and the rule of law would be overlooked. Mayhaps she was merely a Judge ahead of her time?

  2. in a lawyer discipline case Judge Brown, now removed, was presiding over a hearing about a lawyer accused of the supposedly heinous ethical violation of saying the words "Illegal immigrant." (IN re Barker) http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-discipline-2013-55S00-1008-DI-429.pdf .... I wonder if when we compare the egregious violations of due process by Judge Brown, to her chiding of another lawyer for politically incorrectness, if there are any conclusions to be drawn about what kind of person, what kind of judge, what kind of apparatchik, is busy implementing the agenda of political correctness and making off-limits legit advocacy about an adverse party in a suit whose illegal alien status is relevant? I am just asking the question, the reader can make own conclsuion. Oh wait-- did I use the wrong adjective-- let me rephrase that, um undocumented alien?

  3. of course the bigger questions of whether or not the people want to pay for ANY bussing is off limits, due to the Supreme Court protecting the people from DEMOCRACY. Several decades hence from desegregation and bussing plans and we STILL need to be taking all this taxpayer money to combat mostly-imagined "discrimination" in the most obviously failed social program of the postwar period.

  4. You can put your photos anywhere you like... When someone steals it they know it doesn't belong to them. And, a man getting a divorce is automatically not a nice guy...? That's ridiculous. Since when is need of money a conflict of interest? That would mean that no one should have a job unless they are already financially solvent without a job... A photographer is also under no obligation to use a watermark (again, people know when a photo doesn't belong to them) or provide contact information. Hey, he didn't make it easy for me to pay him so I'll just take it! Well heck, might as well walk out of the grocery store with a cart full of food because the lines are too long and you don't find that convenient. "Only in Indiana." Oh, now you're passing judgement on an entire state... What state do you live in? I need to characterize everyone in your state as ignorant and opinionated. And the final bit of ignorance; assuming a photo anyone would want is lucky and then how much does your camera have to cost to make it a good photo, in your obviously relevant opinion?

  5. Seventh Circuit Court Judge Diane Wood has stated in “The Rule of Law in Times of Stress” (2003), “that neither laws nor the procedures used to create or implement them should be secret; and . . . the laws must not be arbitrary.” According to the American Bar Association, Wood’s quote drives home this point: The rule of law also requires that people can expect predictable results from the legal system; this is what Judge Wood implies when she says that “the laws must not be arbitrary.” Predictable results mean that people who act in the same way can expect the law to treat them in the same way. If similar actions do not produce similar legal outcomes, people cannot use the law to guide their actions, and a “rule of law” does not exist.

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