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Indy high school to host naturalization ceremony

April 30, 2014
IL Staff
Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy will host a naturalization ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday. Chief Judge James K. Coachys of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will preside over the ceremony.
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IndyBar: IBF Scholarship Recipients: Where Are They Now?

April 23, 2014
From IndyBar
While many are aware of the good the Indianapolis Bar Foundation does for the Indianapolis legal community, some might not be aware that the IBF has been responsible for awarding more than 75 scholarships to law students since 1983. These scholarships help alleviate the high cost of law school and provide students more affordable access to post-graduate education.
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IndyBar: Matthew Maples Selected as IndyBar Law Student of the Year

April 23, 2014
From IndyBar
The importance of pro bono service is a theme that is routinely emphasized to practicing attorneys. For one law student, no encouragement will be necessary. The Indianapolis Bar Association’s 2014 Law Student of the Year, Matthew Maples of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, has completed close to 2,000 hours of pro bono service during his law school career.
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Abrams: A New Justice Center ? ! ? !

April 23, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
he offices of the Indianapolis Bar Association first learned of the city’s interest in pursuing a Justice Center several months ago when they expressed interest in learning more about our task force work over the last 10 years.
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IndyBar: More than 700 Helped at Ask a Lawyer

April 23, 2014
From IndyBar
Tuesday, April 8 was a record-breaking day as 705 Hoosiers were provided with free legal advice through the IndyBar’s Ask a Lawyer event.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 4/23/14

April 23, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: A Proposal to Allow Citations of All Indiana Appellate Opinions

April 23, 2014
From IndyBar
The Rules Committee of the Indiana Supreme Court has proposed changing the rules to allow citation of memorandum (non-for-publication) decisions as persuasive precedent.
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IndyBar votes conditional support for Justice Center proposal

April 10, 2014
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Bar Association on Wednesday voted to give encouraging yet conditional support to Mayor Greg Ballard’s recent proposal to construct a new criminal justice center complex, according to a statement issued Thursday.
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IndyBar: Shortridge High School to Host Naturalization Ceremony

April 9, 2014
From IndyBar
Students at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy will experience the final step to becoming an American citizen first-hand on Thursday, May 1, at 10 a.m. as the school hosts a naturalization ceremony for individuals seeking citizenship.
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IndyBar: New Pause for Professionalism Video Available

April 9, 2014
From IndyBar
Civility In Administrative Hearings
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IndyBar: Get Involved this Election Season!

April 9, 2014
From IndyBar
The IndyBar will offer poll worker training.
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Abrams: Do You Really Want To Manage The Firm?

April 9, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
So for all of you reading this article, if at some point in time you are asked to take over the helm of your firm, please consider it carefully, understanding the increased responsibilities but cherishing the opportunity if it is right for you.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 4/9/14

April 9, 2014
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar
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IndyBar: Headliners to take the podium at IndyBar Applied Professionalism Course

April 9, 2014
From IndyBar
No more final exams. The Indiana Bar Exam is a fuzzy memory. The final piece of the puzzle will come in a required Applied Professionalism Course offered by the Indianapolis Bar Association on Thursday, April 24.
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IndyBar: Participating in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

March 26, 2014
From IndyBar
Roxana Bell writes about what it's like to attend the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair as a student participant and as a practitioner.
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IndyBar: ‘The Best Style “Handbook”’ For Lawyers and Judges (Part II)

March 26, 2014
George Orwell rejected the notion that “we cannot by conscious action do anything about” the decline of language, and he believed instead that “the process is reversible.” The essay’s capstones, the subjects of this Part II, were his diagnosis of the maladies that afflicted writing, followed by his six curative rules.
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Duncan: You can make an impact with the IBF

March 26, 2014
From IndyBar
The Board of Directors and Committee Chairs of your Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) are hard at work steadfastly planning another great year for the IBF. While the planning efforts are in full swing, we need your help to make our initiatives a success in 2014.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 3/26/14

March 26, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: ‘The Best Style “Handbook”’ For Lawyers and Judges (Part I)

March 12, 2014
From IndyBar
Like other Americans, lawyers and judges most remember British novelist and essayist George Orwell (1903-1950) for his two signature books, Animal Farm and 1984. Somewhat less known is his abiding passion about the craft of writing. It was a lifelong passion, fueled (as Christopher Hitchins recently described) by Orwell’s “near visceral feeling for the English language.”
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IndyBar: Interrogatories - 3/12/14

March 12, 2014
From IndyBar
Candid Q&A with Hon. Terry A. Crone.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 3/12/14

March 12, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Foundation to Award $35,000 Grant

March 12, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is now accepting applications through April 1 for its Impact Fund Grant of at least $35,000 to be awarded in late May 2014. Application instructions and additional information can be found at indybar.org/ibf.
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Abrams: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known My First Year Of Practicing Law

March 12, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
After having the luxury of practicing law for over 30 years and looking back on the first few years of practice, there are several things that I have learned that I sure wish I had known as a young lawyer.
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Indianapolis Bar Association Clarifies Position on Proposed Criminal Justice Complex Location

February 26, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association continues to support efforts to explore all opportunities to create a safe, adequate and dignified justice center for Marion County.
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IndyBar: Nod to Professionalism

February 26, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism is pleased to acknowledge the professionalism and civility of Katherine Flood of Flood Family Law LLC and Tricia Milanese of Milanese Law LLC.
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  1. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  2. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  3. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  4. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  5. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

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