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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. He TIL team,please zap this comment too since it was merely marking a scammer and not reflecting on the story. Thanks, happy Monday, keep up the fine work.

  2. You just need my social security number sent to your Gmail account to process then loan, right? Beware scammers indeed.

  3. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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