Indianapolis Bar Association

IndyBar: 2012 IBF Grantee Continues Good Work

August 26, 2015
Carolyn Hall
Each year, Teen Court reaches out to more than 600 youth and their families through multiple intervention and diversion programs, including an in-school Teen Court model.
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IndyBar: Getting Along is Not Wrong

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
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IndyBar: CLE Series to Tackle Legal Issues Surrounding Use of Force

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
Throughout the past months, the debate on police use of force has intensified. But how does this national issue relate to the practice of Indy lawyers?
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
Members of the bar mingled with trial and appellate-level judges from local, state and federal courts at the Indy Attorneys Network section’s annual “At the Bar with the Bench” event on Thursday, August 20.
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When a Barking Dog is a Good Thing: Some Tips for Success for Young Lawyers

August 26, 2015
John Trimble
There is no shortage of sources for lawyers of all ages to receive tips on how to succeed. The tips that follow in this article are just a few that have been passed along to me by my mentors through the years.
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IndyBar: Scholarship Available to Health Law Conference

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Health Care & Life Sciences Section is pleased to announce it is offering scholarships for the American Health Lawyers Association Fundamentals of Health Law Conference, November 15-17, 2015, in Chicago.
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IndyBar: Going Green Leads to Better Health Care

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
Studies show a direct link between health outcomes and human performance with the quality of both the built and natural environment.
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Disruptive Innovation: Lawyers Must Pay Attention

August 12, 2015
John Trimble
Everyone who will potentially be impacted by new innovations must study the competition and be prepared to adapt their practice so that competition with the innovators will be possible.
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IndyBar: Getting along is not wrong

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
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IndyBar: Nominations Due for Professionalism Awards

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due on Thursday, August 20.
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IndyBar: Impact in Action

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
The Joseph Maley Foundation is the recipient of the 2014 Impact Fund, providing support and guidance to local kids and families.
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IndyBar: Go Green and Be Seen!

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
Going green is red hot across the nation - from recycling initiatives to political campaigns, it’s a topic that is constantly in the air.
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IndyBar: Civility, Courtesy, Respect

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
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IndyBar: Nominations for IndyBar Board Due August 13

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
The nomination period for the 2016 IndyBar Board of Directors is underway, and the Hon. Heather Welch of Marion Superior Court has been appointed to chair the effort.
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Implicit Bias: We All Have It

July 29, 2015
John Trimble
Implicit biases are the fabric of who we are. They are the product of our upbringing, education, experiences, neighborhoods, television, social media and what we have consciously learned or unconsciously learned from our families and friends.
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IndyBar: Free CLE Available at Pro Bono Training

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the IndyBar have teamed up to offer a free training on August 15 to empower local attorneys to help children who desperately need legal assistance.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for Board of Directors

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
The nomination period has begun for the 2016 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Hon. Heather Welch of Marion Superior Court has been appointed to chair the effort. Judge Welch will lead a committee of members in selecting a slate of officers for the coming year.
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IndyBar: Talking Points with the Top Paralegal

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2015.
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Solo and Small Practice: It Takes Courage and Strength

July 15, 2015
John Trimble
Despite the challenges, fears and demands of solo and small practice, legal market experts tell us that more and more newly minted lawyers are entering law as solo and small firm owners.
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Getting to Know Your Judicial Officers: Judge Jose D. Salinas

July 15, 2015
Sean Hessler
Feeling comfortable in court can help you provide better advocacy for your client and getting to know your local judges can help improve your practice.
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IndyBar: Welcomes New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
For attorneys, the courtroom is often rife with conflict and anxiety. But for some hopeful individuals, the courtroom is where their dreams of becoming United States citizens officially become reality.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Open for 2015 Professionalism Awards

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due by 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 20.
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IndyBar: Make the Connection with Mentor Connect

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
Mentor Connect is a new IndyBar program that matches mentor and mentee pairs to help create meaningful and productive mentor relationships.
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IndyBar: Deadline Approaching for 2015 Impact Fund Grant

July 1, 2015
From IndyBar
For a non-profit organization, $35,000 can mean the difference between whether a program or initiative ever makes it to fruition or remains a dream—the difference between whether our neighbors receive the assistance they need or are left helpless—the difference between whether our city thrives or withers.
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IndyBar: Clean Out Supply Closets and Stock the Schools

July 1, 2015
From IndyBar
With over half of the children in Marion County unable to afford school lunch, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are little funds available for these students to purchase the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom
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  1. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

  2. A high ranking bureaucrat with Ind sup court is heading up an organization celebrating the formal N word!!! She must resign and denounce! http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

  3. ND2019, don't try to confuse the Left with facts. Their ideologies trump facts, trump due process, trump court rules, even trump federal statutes. I hold the proof if interested. Facts matter only to those who are not on an agenda-first mission.

  4. OK so I'll make this as short as I can. I got a call that my daughter was smoking in the bathroom only her and one other girl was questioned mind you four others left before them anyways they proceeded to interrogate my daughter about smoking and all this time I nor my parents got a phone call,they proceeded to go through her belongings and also pretty much striped searched my daughter including from what my mother said they looked at her Brest without my consent. I am furious also a couple months ago my son hurt his foot and I was never called and it got worse during the day but the way some of the teachers have been treating my kids they are not comfortable going to them because they feel like they are mean or don't care. This is unacceptable in my mind i should be able to send my kids to school without worry but now I worry how the adults there are treating them. I have a lot more but I wanted to know do I have any attempt at a lawsuit because like I said there is more that's just some of what my kids are going through. Please respond. Sincerely concerned single parent

  5. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) End of Year Report 2014. (page 13) Under the current system many local registering agencies are challenged just keeping up with registration paperwork. It takes an hour or more to process each registrant, the majority of whom are low risk offenders. As a result law enforcement cannot monitor higher risk offenders more intensively in the community due to the sheer numbers on the registry. Some of the consequences of lengthy and unnecessary registration requirements actually destabilize the life’s of registrants and those -such as families- whose lives are often substantially impacted. Such consequences are thought to raise levels of known risk factors while providing no discernible benefit in terms of community safety. The full report is available online at. http://www.casomb.org/index.cfm?pid=231 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs United States of America. The overall conclusion is that Megan’s law has had no demonstrated effect on sexual offenses in New Jersey, calling into question the justification for start-up and operational costs. Megan’s Law has had no effect on time to first rearrest for known sex offenders and has not reduced sexual reoffending. Neither has it had an impact on the type of sexual reoffense or first-time sexual offense. The study also found that the law had not reduced the number of victims of sexual offenses. The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/app/publications/abstract.aspx? ID=247350 The University of Chicago Press for The Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago and The University of Chicago Law School Article DOI: 10.1086/658483 Conclusion. The data in these three data sets do not strongly support the effectiveness of sex offender registries. The national panel data do not show a significant decrease in the rate of rape or the arrest rate for sexual abuse after implementation of a registry via the Internet. The BJS data that tracked individual sex offenders after their release in 1994 did not show that registration had a significantly negative effect on recidivism. And the D.C. crime data do not show that knowing the location of sex offenders by census block can help protect the locations of sexual abuse. This pattern of noneffectiveness across the data sets does not support the conclusion that sex offender registries are successful in meeting their objectives of increasing public safety and lowering recidivism rates. The full report is available online at. http://www.jstor.org/stable/full/10.1086/658483 These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of conclusions and reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. People, including the media and other organizations should not rely on and reiterate the statements and opinions of the legislators or other people as to the need for these laws because of the high recidivism rates and the high risk offenders pose to the public which simply is not true and is pure hyperbole and fiction. They should rely on facts and data collected and submitted in reports from the leading authorities and credible experts in the fields such as the following. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 0.8% (page 30) The full report is available online at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/Research_Documents/2014_Outcome_Evaluation_Report_7-6-2015.pdf California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) (page 38) Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 1.8% The full report is available online at. http://www.google.com/url?sa= t&source=web&cd=1&ved= 0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F% 2Fwww.cdcr.ca.gov%2FAdult_ Research_Branch%2FResearch_ documents%2FOutcome_ evaluation_Report_2013.pdf&ei= C9dSVePNF8HfoATX-IBo&usg=AFQjCNE9I6ueHz-o2mZUnuxLPTyiRdjDsQ Bureau of Justice Statistics 5 PERCENT OF SEX OFFENDERS REARRESTED FOR ANOTHER SEX CRIME WITHIN 3 YEARS OF PRISON RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. Within 3 years following their 1994 state prison release, 5.3 percent of sex offenders (men who had committed rape or sexual assault) were rearrested for another sex crime, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The full report is available online at. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm Document title; A Model of Static and Dynamic Sex Offender Risk Assessment Author: Robert J. McGrath, Michael P. Lasher, Georgia F. Cumming Document No.: 236217 Date Received: October 2011 Award Number: 2008-DD-BX-0013 Findings: Study of 759 adult male offenders under community supervision Re-arrest rate: 4.6% after 3-year follow-up The sexual re-offense rates for the 746 released in 2005 are much lower than what many in the public have been led to expect or believe. These low re-offense rates appear to contradict a conventional wisdom that sex offenders have very high sexual re-offense rates. The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/236217.pdf Document Title: SEX OFFENDER SENTENCING IN WASHINGTON STATE: RECIDIVISM RATES BY: Washington State Institute For Public Policy. A study of 4,091 sex offenders either released from prison or community supervision form 1994 to 1998 and examined for 5 years Findings: Sex Crime Recidivism Rate: 2.7% Link to Report: http://www.oncefallen.com/files/Washington_SO_Recid_2005.pdf Document Title: Indiana’s Recidivism Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Year BY: Indiana Department of Correction 2009. The recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%, one of the lowest in the nation. In a time when sex offenders continue to face additional post-release requirements that often result in their return to prison for violating technical rules such as registration and residency restrictions, the instances of sex offenders returning to prison due to the commitment of a new sex crime is extremely low. Findings: sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05% Link to Report: http://www.in.gov/idoc/files/RecidivismRelease.pdf Once again, These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. No one can doubt that child sexual abuse is traumatic and devastating. The question is not whether the state has an interest in preventing such harm, but whether current laws are effective in doing so. Megan’s law is a failure and is destroying families and their children’s lives and is costing tax payers millions upon millions of dollars. The following is just one example of the estimated cost just to implement SORNA which many states refused to do. From Justice Policy Institute. Estimated cost to implement SORNA Here are some of the estimates made in 2009 expressed in 2014 current dollars: California, $66M; Florida, $34M; Illinois, $24M; New York, $35M; Pennsylvania, $22M; Texas, $44M. In 2014 dollars, Virginia’s estimate for implementation was $14M, and the annual operating cost after that would be $10M. For the US, the total is $547M. That’s over half a billion dollars – every year – for something that doesn’t work. http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/08-08_FAC_SORNACosts_JJ.pdf. Attempting to use under-reporting to justify the existence of the registry is another myth, or a lie. This is another form of misinformation perpetrated by those who either have a fiduciary interest in continuing the unconstitutional treatment of a disfavored group or are seeking to justify their need for punishment for people who have already paid for their crime by loss of their freedom through incarceration and are now attempting to reenter society as honest citizens. When this information is placed into the public’s attention by naive media then you have to wonder if the media also falls into one of these two groups that are not truly interested in reporting the truth. Both of these groups of people that have that type of mentality can be classified as vigilantes, bullies, or sociopaths, and are responsible for the destruction of our constitutional values and the erosion of personal freedoms in this country. I think the media or other organizations need to do a in depth investigation into the false assumptions and false data that has been used to further these laws and to research all the collateral damages being caused by these laws and the unconstitutional injustices that are occurring across the country. They should include these injustices in their report so the public can be better informed on what is truly happening in this country on this subject. Thank you for your time.

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