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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. 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.

  2. Being dedicated to a genre keeps it alive until the masses catch up to the "trend." Kent and Bill are keepin' it LIVE!! Thank you gentlemen..you know your JAZZ.

  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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