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2012 CLE Getaway Registration Open: Pack Your Bags for Sedona!

Travel with the IndyBar to beautiful Sedona, Arizona for the 2012 CLE Getaway November 15-17. This is a can’t miss opportunity for out-of-town fun and continuing legal education in a beautiful setting. The conference opens with a cocktail party and dinner on Thursday, November 15. Seminars including breakfast will be held Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon leaving the rest of each day for fun in this spectacular setting. Program topics will focus on ethics, family law, criminal law, civil litigation and appellate law. Registration is now open, with complete program details to be posted by mid-July. Special rates are available at the conference’s host hotel, the Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa. For more information and to register, visit www.indybar.org

5 IndyBar Members Named as Semi-Finalists for Supreme Court Vacancy

The Judicial Nominating Commission named 10 semi-finalists for the Indiana Supreme Court vacancy on July 18. The semi-finalists include five IndyBar members: Judge Cale Bradford, Erin Reilly Lewis, Andi Metzel, Geoffrey Slaughter and John Young. The semi-finalists will be interviewed on August 8 and 9.

E-Cycle with the IndyBar!

In conjunction with its Green Legal Initiative, the IndyBar’s Go Green Committee is sponsoring a Drive-Thru E-Cycling event open to IndyBar members and the public, on Friday, August 24, 2012, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Computer Experts, 101 E. Michigan Street. IndyBar volunteers will accept business and household electronic waste: computers, scanners, printers, cell phones, microwaves, VCRs, DVD players, game systems, and other recyclables-for recycling by RecycleForce. For more information on this free community event, visit www.indybar.org.

Judge Sarah Evans Barker Announced as Recipient of 2012 Advancing American Democracy Award

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has announced Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana as the recipient of the 2012 Advancing American Democracy Award. The award will be presented to Judge Barker at the 7th Annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series event, to be held on September 13 at the Columbia Club on Monument Circle. For more information, visit http://bhpsite.org.

Comment Period Open for Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

The judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana are considering amendments to the local rules, which were proposed by the Local Rules Advisory Committee. Comments to the proposed amendments are due by August 17, 2012, and can be sent by email to Local_Rules_Comments@insb.uscourts.gov or by regular mail to Kevin Dempsey, Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court, Room 116, Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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 cchopp@indybar.org. For more information on the program, visit www.indybar.org.

Website Available to Review Appellate Court Judges on Retention Ballot

Two Indiana Supreme Court justices and four Court of Appeals judges are up for retention on Election Day in November. Of the six judges, four are IndyBar members—Justice Steven David, Judge John Baker, Judge Nancy Vaidik and Judge Paul Mathias. Voters will decide “yes” or “no” on whether to retain each appellate court judge. A website has been designed by the Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration as a way for voters to learn about the judges. Visit the website at courts.in.gov/retention.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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