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Nominations Now Open for 2013 IndyBar Board of DirectorsThe nomination period has begun for the 2013 board of directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson of United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has been appointed to chair the effort. Self-nominations for the board are encouraged, as are nominations of colleagues. The following vacancies exist for the coming year and must be filled by an attorney member:

1st Vice President (serves one-year term and will automatically assume the office of President-elect in 2014)

Secretary (two-year term, 2013 and 2014)

At-Large Member of Board of Managers (five positions, each two-year terms, 2013 and 2014)

Letters or the nomination form found on the website should be forwarded to the bar office by July 23, 2012. The nominating committee will select a slate of nominees, which reflects our geographic, ethnic, minority, gender and practice area diversity while recognizing leadership and service to the Indianapolis Bar Association.

IndyBar members wishing to seek election outside the nominating process may file a petition ballot which is now available at the bar office. To be valid, the petition must be filed by July 23, 2012, and must contain the signatures of at least 50 attorney members of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

In Memorium

The Indianapolis Bar Association is saddened to note the passing of member Gil I. Berry Jr. on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Mr. Berry was a long-time member of the IndyBar and a mentor to many.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist during the fall 2012 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 9. Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts—2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.—at Indianapolis Public Library sites throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at For more information visit the website.

Joseph Maley Foundation 5k

This annual event is just around the corner - Saturday, July 14 at 8 a.m. at Eagle Creek Park. This is a family-friendly event that includes a 2-mile walk and many children’s activities. For runners it is an enjoyable flat to rolling 5k course, with the last half shaded. See to register.

Save the Date – Bench Bar Conference 2013

The 20th Annual Bench Bar Conference has been scheduled for June 13-15, 2013, at the Marriott Downtown Louisville in Louisville, Ky. Any member with programming ideas, interested in participating as a speaker or willing to serve on the planning committee is encouraged to contact IndyBar Executive Director Julie Armstrong at or call 269-2000.•


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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues