Indianapolis Bar Association

IndyBar: Bar Leader Series Teams Tackle Community Issues Through Service Projects

February 24, 2016
From IndyBar
Each year, the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series provides a group of the bar’s rising stars with the tools and experiences that will further their growth into future leaders of the association and the Indianapolis community.
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IndyBar: Hospice Program Provides Comfort for Terminally Ill Patients

February 24, 2016
From IndyBar
In hospice care, those around the patient often work to ensure the he or she is comfortable during the final days of life–providing palliative care, creating a soothing environment and gathering loved ones close.
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Moberly: Don’t be the Next Betamax: The Necessity of Evolution in the Legal Profession

February 24, 2016
Robyn Moberly
I’ve had the chance the last few years to think about Internet access to justice, new forms of competition from large global corporations, the possible obsolescence of state-regulated practice of law, commoditized legal services and many other seismic shifts in the legal profession. Lots of other professions have dealt with these changes. You don’t have to look far to see the dramatic change in how medical services are delivered today.
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IndyBar: Demand For Specialized Expertise Among Top Trends Influencing Hiring In Legal Field

February 24, 2016
From IndyBar
As law firms and companies expand legal teams to pursue new business opportunities, competition is intensifying for job seekers with in-demand skills and niche backgrounds.
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Black lawmakers oppose Marion County judge selection bill

February 22, 2016
Dave Stafford
A proposal to create a 14-member merit-selection commission to nominate Marion Superior judges would harm minority representation on the bench of the state’s largest county, members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus said in a statement Monday as the bill awaited second reading on the House floor.
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Indianapolis family law attorney Strain dies

February 19, 2016
IL Staff
An Indianapolis solo practitioner who was active leader in bar associations died Wednesday. Jana K. Strain was 51.
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IndyBar: Involving Your Expert in the Mediation Process: A Trap for the Unwary?

February 10, 2016
Cases can often involve technical issues. The author has heard of mediations where a party will bring an expert to the mediation to address and respond to the technical issues that are present in the case.
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Moberly: A New Day for Judicial Selection in Marion County

February 10, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The verdict will still be out on how we will select judges in Marion County when this article is printed, but for the first time in decades, we know we will have an entirely new system of selection before May 2017. Hopefully it will be in this legislative session but, if not, in the next.
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IndyBar: Court Rules Pension Survivor Benefits are Marital Assets

February 10, 2016
From IndyBar
The Indiana Court of Appeals in In Re The Marriage of Carr ruled that the survivor benefit that may go to a spouse in a dissolution of marriage is an asset for the purposes of property division and must be included in the marital pot.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 2/10/16

February 10, 2016
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: The Indianapolis Bar Foundation Reports Budget-Breaking Success In 2015

January 27, 2016
From IndyBar
With the generous support of the Indianapolis legal community, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation is pleased to report that it exceeded its 2015 fundraising budget by more than 10 percent.
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IndyBar: New Verizon Promotions Available Through National Purchasing Partners

January 27, 2016
From IndyBar
Are you an IndyBar member? Did you know you could be saving money on expenses for travel, office supplies, cellular devices and more?
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Moberly: Time to ‘Tune In’ for 2016

January 27, 2016
Robyn Moberly
I remember the monthly Meetings of Members of the 1980s and how much I looked forward to them. I was a young lawyer and I felt like the new kid in school at those meetings, but somehow I knew it was important to be there and to mingle.
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IndyBar: Family Law Resource Guide Now Available

January 27, 2016
From IndyBar
For family law attorneys in the Indianapolis area, there are a variety of resources available to help, and the IndyBar’s Family Law Resource Guide has them all in one convenient place. This resource is now available to all IndyBar members.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 1/27/16

January 27, 2016
News from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Help a Colleague—And Your Oral Argument—With IndyBar Programs and Services

January 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Each year, more than 800 IndyBar members work on behalf of the bar through sections, divisions, committees and task forces, producing an impressive array of events, programs and services for the benefit of the membership and the legal community at large.
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IndyBar: Avoid the Rush: Plan Ahead with CLE Series Offerings

January 13, 2016
From IndyBar
If you spent the final weeks of 2015 in a CLE cram session, take note: two IndyBar sections have lined up a full year of CLE programs for 2016.
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IndyBar: Giving Back Made Easy: Pro Bono for Any Schedule

January 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Pro bono service is a rewarding—and expected—component of the practice of law. With reporting requirements now in place, the need to find opportunities that fit varied schedules, practice areas and interests is greater than ever.
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Trimble: Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

January 13, 2016
John Trimble
Hello all, and Happy New Year! I am amazed to be writing my last President’s Column in my year as IndyBar president. Where has the year gone?
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IndyBar: Attorney Access Card Renewal Now Available Online

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association is pleased to join with the Marion Superior Court in announcing the renewal of the successful “Attorney Access Card” program!
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IndyBar: Practice Milestones: Congratulating 2015 IndyBar 50-and 25-Year Practitioners

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
For 80 IndyBar members, 2015 marked a significant milestone in their careers. According to IndyBar records, these members celebrated their 50th or 25th year in the practice of law this year.
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Trimble: Do You Have a Sense of Urgency?

December 30, 2015
John Trimble
This time of year, as one year ends and another begins, I always feel a little anxiety.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 12/30/15

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
Volunteers are needed for Ask a Lawyer.
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IndyBar: Attorney Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
Want to make an impact? The IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project is looking for attorney volunteers.
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IndyBar: Save the Date for the 2016 Installation Luncheon

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
Make sure to mark your brand-new 2016 calendar now for the upcoming Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Columbia Club.
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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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