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IBA: The 6th Annual Lawyer-Legislator Luncheon

February 13, 2013
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Blomquist: The Hon. Robyn Moberly, Indiana's First Female Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge

February 13, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
I am an unapologetic believer in, and admirer of, women lawyers.
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IBA: Still Time to Register for the IndyBar Attorney Apprentice Program

February 13, 2013
From IndyBar
Looking to build your skills in a new area of law or gain valuable experience that will advance both your career and employment opportunities? The IndyBar’s Attorney Apprentice Program is the perfect opportunity to gain real-world skills through hands-on practice while making meaningful connections with local colleagues.
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IBA: Don't Miss Out on Free CLE Fridays at the IndyBar

February 13, 2013
From IndyBar
It pays to associate...get six hours of Free CLE each year with the IndyBar!
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Bar Crawl 1/30/13

January 30, 2013
IL Staff
See who has been selected as officers and board members for the Marion County Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association and Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IBA: Interrogatories

January 30, 2013
From IndyBar
Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar
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Blomquist: The IndyBar's Attorney Apprentice Program

January 30, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
You have no doubt heard or read about it before—times are a changing and there is a lot of dialogue out there right now about the face of legal education in America, the uncertain economics of the practice of law, and how one affects the other.
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IBA Frontlines 1/30/13

January 30, 2013
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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IBA: Volunteer to Take a Family Law or Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Case

January 30, 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: Marion Superior Court Announces Court Assignments

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
New court assignments approved by the Marion Superior Court Executive Committee in Nov. 2012 became effective as of Jan. 1, 2013.
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IndyBar Unveils Attorney Apprentice Program

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
A common concern is routinely heard in the bar, from recently graduated law students and seasoned practitioners alike: “They don’t teach you how to actually be a lawyer in law school.
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Blomquist: One Column Down, One Amazing Year to Go

January 16, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Indeed, this is my first column as President of the Indianapolis Bar Association–the first of many I am told–and short of some bad state fair karaoke a few years back, this is the most intimidated I’ve been in a long while, though not by my position as steward of this exceptional organization but by assuming you want to hear my musings along the way.
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IBA Frontlines 1/16/13

January 16, 2013
Read news from around the IndyBar.
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IBA: Indiana High School Mock Trial Judge Volunteers Needed

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indiana High School Mock Trial Regional competitions are in need of volunteer judges to preside over and score the mock trials presented by high school teams from all over Indiana in February.
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IBA: Where the Legal Jobs Are: Litigation to Offer Greatest Opportunities in 2013

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
Which specialty areas are predicted to yield the most prospects for legal job seekers in the year ahead? Almost one-quarter of lawyers recently interviewed by Robert Half Legal expect litigation will generate the greatest number of job opportunities in 2013.
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Save the Date for IndyBar

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
Member Gatherings!
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2012 Year in Review

January 2, 2013
IL Staff
2012 was another busy year for the legal community. We welcomed new justices and a new chief justice, witnessed the beginnings of the state’s fifth law school, and saw local stories garner national and international attention. Here’s a look back at the top news stories from last year.
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IBA: Interrogatories - Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
Hon. Elaine B. Brown Judge, Indiana Court of Appeals
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IBA: The Bar Leader Series Journey: Facing the Community's Challenges Head On

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
As members of the Indianapolis bar and aspiring leaders, it is incumbent upon our group, the Bar Leader Series Class X, to work to understand important challenges facing our community and to contribute to the public discourse.
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IBA: Lawyers Doing Good

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
Upon first learning that I am an attorney, a non-attorney friend said to me, “despite all of the stereotyped joke opportunities, lawyers do a lot of good in this world.” He is right.
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IBA: Pro Bono Standing Committee Expands Low Asset Will Program for 2013

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association offers a Low Asset Will Program, which is made possible through the generosity of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. The Low Asset Will Program is designed to help as many of these individuals as possible.
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Paralegals give toys to ‘Bears on Patrol’ program

December 19, 2012
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Bar Association Paralegal Committee once again turned over thousands of teddy bears during its annual holiday luncheon.
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IBA: New FCRA Background Check Requirements Effective Jan. 1, 2013

December 19, 2012
From IndyBar
Employers utilizing consumer reporting agencies for purposes of conducting employee background checks are required to comply with specific requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).
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IBA: It's Dues Renewal Time!

December 19, 2012
From IndyBar
Renew your membership in the only local organization singularly committed to the Indianapolis legal community and its practitioners.
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IBA Frontlines - 12/21/12

December 19, 2012
News from the IndyBar.
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  3. 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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