Indianapolis Bar Association

IBA: Shortridge High School Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Students at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy experienced the final step to becoming an American citizen first-hand Thursday, May 2 as the school hosted a naturalization ceremony for more than 80 individuals seeking citizenship.
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IBA Bar Leader Series Class X: Public Safety in the Spotlight

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Regrettably, we see all too often in the news the various threats to the safety of our citizens in Indianapolis and throughout the country. These struggles are universal and impact all of us as a society in different ways.
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IBA: Fun Abounds at the Bench Bar Conference

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Though the Bench Bar Conference’s unparalleled educational programming naturally receives top billing, its plentiful non-CLE related offerings are also worthy of being shared and appreciated. From golf to trivia, these activities are vital in creating the casual, relaxed atmosphere that has mad
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Blomquist: The IBA Bench Bar Conference, Well Worth the 'Conference Depression' Risk

May 8, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Here is a new phrase for me: “Conference Depression. According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition of “conference depression” is: “Being extremely depressed after an awesome weekend at a conference.” Withdrawal usually lasts a day or two depending on the conference.
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IBA Frontlines - 5/8/13

May 8, 2013
Read news from the IndyBar!
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IBA: How to Save Time and Increase Cash Flow

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Time is money. You may not be able to detail it on a year-end balance sheet or claim a whiled away afternoon as a legitimate loss, but the old adage is still true. For lawyers dependent on hourly billing, managing time is one of the most essential professional practices to be mastered.
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IBA: Have Impact. Be One. Support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

April 24, 2013
From IndyBar
April is a busy month for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IBA Interrogatories - Benjamin Keele

April 24, 2013
Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar.
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Blomquist: No Joke — Let’s Take Care of the Lawyers

April 24, 2013
A dear non-lawyer friend of mine recently gave me a joke book about lawyers. If you’re like me you have received such a gift before and you smile, nod your head, chuckle at the gesture, and relegate the book to being a bathroom staple until your conscience allows you to throw it away.
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IBA: Volunteer to Take a Family Law or Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Case

April 24, 2013
From IndyBar
The day has arrived when local legal service providers and the bar are coordinating efforts to provide pro bono help in family law cases, and we’re ready for your help.
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IBA: The Answer for a Good Time?

April 24, 2013
From IndyBar
Members of the legal community gathered to spar over trivia while supporting the Indianapolis Bar Foundation at the fourth IBF Trivia Night, held Tuesday, April 16 at the Northside Knights of Columbus.
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IBA: IndyBar Launches Online CLE

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
In an age where nearly every task can be completed on the Web, it’s no surprise that online education is gaining in popularity for busy professionals across the globe.
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IBA: Client Development Through Relationship-Building

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
As a seasoned professional, you know the ins and outs of laws and regulations, the guidelines and the sound strategies that will benefit your clients. You have no trepidations offering advice. When it comes to your business, however that confidence often evaporates.
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IBA: Nod to Professionalism

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism seeks to promote positive images of lawyers throughout the Indianapolis community and within our bar.
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Blomquist: Online and on Your Time

April 10, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
This week, your IndyBar is launching its Online CLE Course offerings after months of planning by both the IndyBar staff and leadership.
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IBA: Public Opinion Requested on Possible Court Rule Changes

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indiana Supreme Court is interested in obtaining comments from judges, attorneys and the general public as it considers changes to the Rules of Court.
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IBA Frontlines 4/10/13

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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Pause For Professionalism - Civility in the Trial Court

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
Even the best law school does not teach everything that a lawyer needs to know.
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IBA: Twentieth Bench Bar Conference Features In-House Counsel Track

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
The 2013 Bench Bar Conference, to be held June 13-15, at the Mariott Downtown in Louisville, Ky., offers a total of 18 different CLE sessions, with five of those sessions included in the new In-House Counsel Track developed by the 2013 Bench Bar Conference Committee.
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IBA: Volunteers Needed for National High School Mock Trial Championship

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
For the first time, Indiana will host the 2013 National High School Mock Trial Championship May 9-11, 2013, in downtown Indianapolis.
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Bar Crawl - 3/27/13

March 27, 2013
The Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section teamed up with the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division recently to help brighten the Easter Seals Crossroads headquarters in Indianapolis.
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IBA: Bar Leader Series Service Projects Impact Local Community

March 27, 2013
From IndyBar
As part of the leadership development curriculum of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series, the 25 members of Bar Leader Series Class X (BLS X) have been charged with creating, developing and executing service projects to benefit the Indianapolis community.
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Blomquist: Lawyers Confront Human Trafficking

March 27, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
A series of resolutions passed by the ABA’s House of Delegates at the February Midyear meeting encourages the creation of policies to protect victims. One of those resolutions urges bar associations to develop more training programs to help identify trafficking victims.
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IBA: Interrogatories

March 27, 2013
She is a graduate of Indiana University and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. She has served as a Deputy Public Defender at the Indiana State Public Defender’s Office, the Principal Clerk of the Indiana House of Representatives, and a Donor Relations Officer at Indiana Landmarks. She is Lee Smith, and she has been served with interrogatories.
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IndyBar Hosts Bar Leader Series Alumni Event

March 27, 2013
From IndyBar
The IndyBar welcomed Ron Gifford of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Central Indiana Transit Task Force to present the latest business developments, legislative updates and the financial implications of bringing mass transit to Indianapolis at the first Bar Leader Series Alumni Program on Thursday, March 14.
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  1. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  2. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  3. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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