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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. I like the concept. Seems like a good idea and really inexpensive to manage.

  2. I don't agree that this is an extreme case. There are more of these people than you realize - people that are vindictive and/or with psychological issues have clogged the system with baseless suits that are costly to the defendant and to taxpayers. Restricting repeat offenders from further abusing the system is not akin to restricting their freedon, but to protecting their victims, and the court system, from allowing them unfettered access. From the Supreme Court opinion "he has burdened the opposing party and the courts of this state at every level with massive, confusing, disorganized, defective, repetitive, and often meritless filings."

  3. So, if you cry wolf one too many times courts may "restrict" your ability to pursue legal action? Also, why is document production equated with wealth? Anyone can "produce probably tens of thousands of pages of filings" if they have a public library card. I understand this is an extreme case, but our Supreme Court really got this one wrong.

  4. He called our nation a nation of cowards because we didn't want to talk about race. That was a cheap shot coming from the top cop. The man who decides who gets the federal government indicts. Wow. Not a gentleman if that is the measure. More importantly, this insult delivered as we all understand, to white people-- without him or anybody needing to explain that is precisely what he meant-- but this is an insult to timid white persons who fear the government and don't want to say anything about race for fear of being accused a racist. With all the legal heat that can come down on somebody if they say something which can be construed by a prosecutor like Mr Holder as racist, is it any wonder white people-- that's who he meant obviously-- is there any surprise that white people don't want to talk about race? And as lawyers we have even less freedom lest our remarks be considered violations of the rules. Mr Holder also demonstrated his bias by publically visiting with the family of the young man who was killed by a police offering in the line of duty, which was a very strong indicator of bias agains the offer who is under investigation, and was a failure to lead properly by letting his investigators do their job without him predetermining the proper outcome. He also has potentially biased the jury pool. All in all this worsens race relations by feeding into the perception shared by whites as well as blacks that justice will not be impartial. I will say this much, I do not blame Obama for all of HOlder's missteps. Obama has done a lot of things to stay above the fray and try and be a leader for all Americans. Maybe he should have reigned Holder in some but Obama's got his hands full with other problelms. Oh did I mention HOlder is a bank crony who will probably get a job in a silkstocking law firm working for millions of bucks a year defending bankers whom he didn't have the integrity or courage to hold to account for their acts of fraud on the United States, other financial institutions, and the people. His tenure will be regarded by history as a failure of leadership at one of the most important jobs in our nation. Finally and most importantly besides him insulting the public and letting off the big financial cheats, he has been at the forefront of over-prosecuting the secrecy laws to punish whistleblowers and chill free speech. What has Holder done to vindicate the rights of privacy of the American public against the illegal snooping of the NSA? He could have charged NSA personnel with violations of law for their warrantless wiretapping which has been done millions of times and instead he did not persecute a single soul. That is a defalcation of historical proportions and it signals to the public that the government DOJ under him was not willing to do a damn thing to protect the public against the rapid growth of the illegal surveillance state. Who else could have done this? Nobody. And for that omission Obama deserves the blame too. Here were are sliding into a police state and Eric Holder made it go all the faster.

  5. JOE CLAYPOOL candidate for Superior Court in Harrison County - Indiana This candidate is misleading voters to think he is a Judge by putting Elect Judge Joe Claypool on his campaign literature. paragraphs 2 and 9 below clearly indicate this injustice to voting public to gain employment. What can we do? Indiana Code - Section 35-43-5-3: Deception (a) A person who: (1) being an officer, manager, or other person participating in the direction of a credit institution, knowingly or intentionally receives or permits the receipt of a deposit or other investment, knowing that the institution is insolvent; (2) knowingly or intentionally makes a false or misleading written statement with intent to obtain property, employment, or an educational opportunity; (3) misapplies entrusted property, property of a governmental entity, or property of a credit institution in a manner that the person knows is unlawful or that the person knows involves substantial risk of loss or detriment to either the owner of the property or to a person for whose benefit the property was entrusted; (4) knowingly or intentionally, in the regular course of business, either: (A) uses or possesses for use a false weight or measure or other device for falsely determining or recording the quality or quantity of any commodity; or (B) sells, offers, or displays for sale or delivers less than the represented quality or quantity of any commodity; (5) with intent to defraud another person furnishing electricity, gas, water, telecommunication, or any other utility service, avoids a lawful charge for that service by scheme or device or by tampering with facilities or equipment of the person furnishing the service; (6) with intent to defraud, misrepresents the identity of the person or another person or the identity or quality of property; (7) with intent to defraud an owner of a coin machine, deposits a slug in that machine; (8) with intent to enable the person or another person to deposit a slug in a coin machine, makes, possesses, or disposes of a slug; (9) disseminates to the public an advertisement that the person knows is false, misleading, or deceptive, with intent to promote the purchase or sale of property or the acceptance of employment;

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