Indianapolis Bar Association

IndyBar: Customize Your IndyBar Communications Experience

January 29, 2014
From IndyBar
Every person is unique in the way that he or she consumes news and information online. Just as one individual loves email updates, another prefers RSS feeds. As part of the IndyBar’s ongoing efforts to increase the amount of relevant, useful content provided to members, several options have been developed to make getting your IndyBar news easy and enjoyable.
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Bars discussing marriage amendment, but cautious about taking a stance

January 28, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Among the nearly 13,000 members of the Indiana State Bar Association, views on the proposed marriage amendment are falling into three separate camps: those who think the association should publicly support it, those who think the association should publicly oppose it and those who think the association should refrain from taking a position at all.
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IndyBar takes public position against marriage amendment

January 27, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Backed by the results of a membership survey, the Indianapolis Bar Association has announced its opposition to the marriage amendment being debated at the Statehouse.
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IndyBar releases judicial candidate survey results

January 22, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
A Marion County Superior judge currently suspended pending final disciplinary action was overwhelmingly not recommended by her peers to be re-elected, according to a survey released by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Committee.
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IndyBar Launches Expanded Communications Tools

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Two years ago, a forward-thinking group of IndyBar members gathered to ponder the future of the bar’s communications efforts. These leaders recognized then what’s become crystal clear today—that a new approach to the gathering and distribution of news and content was critical in a world where technology continues to change the game on a near daily basis.
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IndyBar: Attorney Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Want to make an impact? The IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project is looking for attorney volunteers. Through this project, IndyBar volunteers visit one of five local homeless shelters each month, giving legal advice and occasionally offering limited representation.
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IndyBar to Host Town Hall Meeting on New Criminal Justice Complex

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Marion Superior Court Judge David Certo and Marion County Sheriff John Layton have recently announced plans for a new criminal justice complex to replace the existing facilities. This new complex will house separate adult and juvenile detention, inmate processing, the prosecutor, public defender, probation and community corrections, clerk and other state and federal agencies.
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Abrams: Get Involved – Lots to Feel Good About

January 15, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
I walked around the office at the end of last month asking attorneys if they had any interest in getting more involved with the Indianapolis Bar Association. A few of the attorneys looked at me with a “deer in headlights” look and told me that they really did not know a lot about the opportunities for participation with the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Straight Talk from the Statehouse

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Hear an update on pending legislation and get to know Indiana legislators at the IndyBar’s eighth annual seminar, “The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly,” which is hosted by the bar’s Legislative Committee.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 1/15/14

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the bar association.
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IndyBar: Scholarships Available from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Applications are now being accepted for three academic scholarships and four educational scholarships from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Pay it forward by offering your expertise

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Since 2007, attorney volunteers have assisted hundreds of individuals prepare for times when they can no longer speak for themselves through the Low Asset Wills program. For IndyBar volunteers it is easy: clients are pre-screened and template forms are provided.
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IndyBar: Go From Resolution Failure to Resolution Success with the IndyBar

January 1, 2014
From IndyBar
This year, let the IndyBar help you succeed in fulfilling your resolutions for a more successful and satisfying career. The bar’s resources, programs and initiatives are standing by to help you see your resolutions through from idle promises to fruitful accomplishments.
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IndyBar Seeking Volunteers for Low Asset Wills Program

January 1, 2014
From IndyBar
Since 2007, IndyBar attorney volunteers have helped hundreds of individuals prepare for times when they can no longer speak for themselves through the Low Asset Wills Program. The commitment for this program is minimal, but your impact is great.
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Abrams: We Will Provide Value And Be Meaningful

January 1, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
I am embarking on the presidency of the Indianapolis Bar Association. I see my role as the manager of a phenomenal team willing to sacrifice their time to serve others and provide unique benefits to the public.
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IndyBar: Attorney Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project

January 1, 2014
From IndyBar
Want to make an impact? The IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project is looking for attorney volunteers. Through this project, IndyBar volunteers visit one of five local homeless shelters each month, giving legal advice and occasionally offering limited representation.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 1/1/14

January 1, 2014
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar!
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Bar Crawl - 12/18/13

December 18, 2013
Read news from around Indiana bar associations.
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IndyBar: Interrogatories

December 18, 2013
From IndyBar
Hon. Mark A. Jones, Marion Circuit Court
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IndyBarApplication Process for New Attorney ID Cards to Begin Dec. 20

December 18, 2013
From IndyBar
It’s renewal time for City-County Building Attorney Identification Cards, and the process has gone online. Starting Dec. 20, attorneys seeking to renew cards or apply for new cards can do so online at https://www.biz.indygov.org/attorneycards/.
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Blomquist: Reflecting on a Great Year with Gratitude

December 18, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
My last column begins with my favorite quote from E.B. White, which also rests on my signature line as Legal Counsel for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
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IndyBar Board Approves Rule Change Proposal

December 18, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors approved a proposed rule amendment generated by the bar’s Appellate Practice Section at its Dec. 4 meeting.
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Paralegals donate more than 5,700 stuffed bears for emergency responders

December 6, 2013
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Paralegal Committee has collected 5,731 stuffed animals from area paralegals for emergency responders to give to children after a traumatic event, the IndyBar announced Thursday.
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IndyBar: Registration Now Open for 2014 Installation Luncheon

December 4, 2013
From IndyBar
The New Year is just weeks away … Save the date and jump online to register today for the 2014 Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Columbia Club.
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Blomquist: In Praise of the Paralegal

December 4, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Why are we losing favor among our paralegals and more importantly what can we do to correct this?
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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  2. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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