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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. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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