Indianapolis Bar Association

IBA: Mark Calendars for Sedona, Arizona

January 18, 2012
The Indianapolis Bar Association is going on the road with CLE to stunning Sedona, Ariz., November 15-17, 2012.
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IBA Frontlines

January 18, 2012
News from the IndyBar for Jan. 20-Feb. 2, 2012.
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Chinn: Opportunities To Serve In 2012

January 18, 2012
Scott Chinn
IBA President Scott Chinn writes his first column about how members can be involved in 2012.
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2012 IBA Installation Luncheon

January 18, 2012
View photos from the 2012 IBA Installation Luncheon at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis.
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Attorney survey on Marion County judiciary begins

January 9, 2012
Michael Hoskins
Eighteen Marion County judges will be on the ballot in the May 2012 primary. The Indianapolis Bar Association is asking attorneys to voice their opinions about those jurists.
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IBA: Attorneys Beware - Conflicts of Interest and Attempts to Make a Buck

January 4, 2012
From IndyBar
Attorneys looking to profit from their experiences at trial take note: the principles behind the so-called “Son of Sam” laws, which prohibit criminal defendants from profiting from the publicity of their crimes, may apply to you too, at least during the pendency of a criminal case.
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IBA: When Kids Become Adults

January 4, 2012
From IndyBar
Charging juveniles as adults is a topic that has garnered media attention lately with a rash of gun-related deaths among teens. It’s also an area where we need to balance sympathy for the victims and for the minor offenders.
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Hebenstreit: Thanks

January 4, 2012
Michael Hebenstreit
Three hundred sixty five days sounds like a long time, but 2011 has flown by very quickly. This is my last column in Indiana Lawyer.
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IBA Frontlines -1/6/12

January 4, 2012
Read news briefs from the IndyBar.
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IBA: No Better Time to Remember our Soldiers

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
This year, why not take just a few minutes and a few dollars, and really do something special: remember a deployed American soldier.
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Hebenstreit: FIGHT ON!

December 21, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Less than 24 hours ago, I knew exactly what my topic for this column was going to be.
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IBA: One Last Gift to Make Before the Holidays End

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
Pro bono for families and children, leadership training for young lawyers, and legal education are all community services enriched by the charitable dollars gifted to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IBA: Volunteer for the IndyBar Hospice Program

December 21, 2011
Looking for a meaningful opportunity for pro bono service? Attorney volunteers are needed for the IndyBar Hospice Program.
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IBA: Courts Announce Renewal of Attorney Access Cards

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
The Marion County Court Administrator’s Office has announced the renewal schedule for attorney access cards to the City-County Building.
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IndyBar 2011 Holiday Party

December 21, 2011
View photos from the 2011 holiday party.
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IBA: Bar Announces Plans for Judicial Evaluation

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
The Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (“JEPAC”) of the Indianapolis Bar Association will begin conducting its evaluation of 2012 candidates for Marion Superior Court at midnight Monday, January 9.
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IBA Frontlines - 12/21/11

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
News from the IndyBar for Dec. 21, 2011.
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IndyBar 2011 Recognition Luncheon

December 7, 2011
From IndyBar
View photos from the 2011 Indianapolis Bar Association Luncheon.
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IBA Frontlines - Dec. 7, 2011

December 7, 2011
News from the IndyBar, including free CLE being offered.
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Hebenstreit: Making a Difference in a Child's Life

December 7, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
IndyBar President Michael Hebenstreit writes about volunteering to be a child advocate or guardian ad litem.
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IBA: Holidays - Time to Network

December 7, 2011
From IndyBar
Whether it’s your first or twenty-fifth holiday networking season, every member of the legal community can gain a great deal from leaving the desk behind and hitting the party circuit.
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Indianapolis Bar Foundation Honors Distinguished Fellows

December 7, 2011
From IndyBar
Each year the Indianapolis Bar Foundation honors individuals for their dedication to the law by bestowing on them the designation of Distinguished Fellow.
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Bar crawl - 11/23/11

November 23, 2011
IL Staff
Read about state and local bar association news in this issue's Bar Crawl.
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IBA: Making Choices in Mediation

November 23, 2011
From IndyBar
Attorney John Trimble explains that one of the true ironies associated with the popularity of mediation is that many parties are refusing to negotiate outside of mediation.
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IBA Pro Bono Awards: Meeting the needs of our community

November 23, 2011
From IndyBar
Making a difference in providing free legal assistance to our neighbors in Indianapolis is second nature to this year’s winners of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Pro Bono Awards.
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  1. 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!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Have been seeing this wonderful physician for a few years and was one of his patients who told him about what we were being told at CVS. Multiple ones. This was a witch hunt and they shold be ashamed of how patients were treated. Most of all, CVS should be ashamed for what they put this physician through. So thankful he fought back. His office is no "pill mill'. He does drug testing multiple times a year and sees patients a minimum of four times a year.

  5. Brian W, I fear I have not been sufficiently entertaining to bring you back. Here is a real laugh track that just might do it. When one is grabbed by the scruff of his worldview and made to choose between his Confession and his profession ... it is a not a hard choice, given the Confession affects eternity. But then comes the hardship in this world. Imagine how often I hear taunts like yours ... "what, you could not even pass character and fitness after they let you sit and pass their bar exam ... dude, there must really be something wrong with you!" Even one of the Bishop's foremost courtiers said that, when explaining why the RCC refused to stand with me. You want entertaining? How about watching your personal economy crash while you have a wife and five kids to clothe and feed. And you can't because you cannot work, because those demanding you cast off your Confession to be allowed into "their" profession have all the control. And you know that they are wrong, dead wrong, and that even the professional code itself allows your Faithful stand, to wit: "A lawyer may refuse to comply with an obligation imposed by law upon a good faith belief that no valid obligation exists. The provisions of Rule 1.2(d) concerning a good faith challenge to the validity, scope, meaning or application of the law apply to challenges of legal regulation of the practice of law." YET YOU ARE A NONPERSON before the BLE, and will not be heard on your rights or their duties to the law -- you are under tyranny, not law. And so they win in this world, you lose, and you lose even your belief in the rule of law, and demoralization joins poverty, and very troubling thoughts impeaching self worth rush in to fill the void where your career once lived. Thoughts you did not think possible. You find yourself a failure ... in your profession, in your support of your family, in the mirror. And there is little to keep hope alive, because tyranny rules so firmly and none, not the church, not the NGO's, none truly give a damn. Not even a new court, who pay such lip service to justice and ancient role models. You want entertainment? Well if you are on the side of the courtiers running the system that has crushed me, as I suspect you are, then Orwell must be a real riot: "There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." I never thought they would win, I always thought that at the end of the day the rule of law would prevail. Yes, the rule of man's law. Instead power prevailed, so many rules broken by the system to break me. It took years, but, finally, the end that Dr Bowman predicted is upon me, the end that she advised the BLE to take to break me. Ironically, that is the one thing in her far left of center report that the BLE (after stamping, in red ink, on Jan 22) is uninterested in, as that the BLE and ADA office that used the federal statute as a sword now refuses to even dialogue on her dire prediction as to my fate. "C'est la vie" Entertaining enough for you, status quo defender?

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