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Comment Period Open for Amendments to Local Rules

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has released proposed amendments to certain Local Rules for a period of public comment through Dec. 14, 2012. If adopted, these rules will become effective Jan. 1, 2013. The proposed amendments are available online on the court’s website at www.insd.uscourts.gov. Comments must be submitted in writing or via email on or before Dec. 14, 2012, and should be sent to:

Local Rule Comments
Office of the Clerk
105 U.S. Courthouse
46 East Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

or via email: LocalRules@insd. uscourts.gov.

Time is Running Out for CLE!

2013 is right around the corner, so don’t get caught scrambling for CLE credits at the last minute! Get your final 2012 CLE credits at IndyBar programs scheduled throughout the remainder of 2012. Visit the Events tab at www.indybar.org to view the CLE calendar and register today!

 Celebrate the Season with the IndyBar

The holidays are quickly approaching. Don’t miss out on the annual IndyBar Holiday Party. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 13, and go online to indybar.org. to register today! The party will take place at Euphoria, located on the canal downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free to all IndyBar members. Various IndyBar Sections and Divisions will also be hosting holiday gatherings – visit the Events Calendar online to check out all upcoming social events.

 It’s Dues Renewal Time

Get a jump on 2013 by renewing your IndyBar membership today. Convenient online renewal is available at http://www.indybar.org/membership/applications/renewal-application.php. Make sure to check out and take advantage of the IndyBar’s great new offerings for 2013, including the new Indy Attorneys Network section and the Plus CLE Pilot Program.

Save the Date for the 2013 Installation Luncheon

Join your colleagues as the presidents and boards of directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association and Indianapolis Bar Foundation are installed at the 2013 Installation Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Conrad Indianapolis. Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will become president of the IndyBar and Kelley Johnson, Cohen & Malad LLP, will lead the Foundation. Register for the luncheon online at www.indybar.org.

Support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

Planning out your year-end charitable giving? Don’t forget about the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, a community-focused leader of the local legal profession. The IBF’s ongoing grants and programs are maintained solely through the generosity and energy of its directors, fellows and donors. To further its mission and to make a greater impact on Indianapolis, the Foundation asks for your support. Every dollar counts! Go online to https://www.indybar.org/about/bar-foundation-donation/ to donate today.

IndyBar Committee Positions Available for 2013

Would you like to network with your legal community and have fun through the practice of law? Volunteer to serve on an Indianapolis Bar Association committee. Appointments are now being made to the 2013 committees. Go to http://www.indybar.org/interest-groups/committees-task-forces/ to view the listing of committees and email volunteer@indybar.org to express your interest today!

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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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