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iba-office-politics-fbox.gifNews and commentary on the upcoming election are nearly impossible to escape at this point. Take a break from the non-stop back and forth political banter with several upcoming election-related non-partisan events and programs.

Election Law Spotlight

The Government Practice section is sponsoring two upcoming continuing legal education programs that put the spotlight on the timely topic of election law. Both programs include one hour of continuing legal education credit and will take place at the IndyBar Education Center. Visit www.indybar.org for full details on each program and online registration.

The first, “Home is NOT Just ‘Where the Heart is’: Running for Office in the Age of Residency Challenges,” addresses the election law issue of the moment: candidate residency. Indiana, in particular, has been at the top of the list in bringing national attention to this, ironically, most local of issues. Andrew Mallon of Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP will address the ins and outs of Indiana political residency law and the legal arguments that fuel this potent political phenomenon. This program will be held Thursday, September 20 from noon to 1 p.m.

The second will center around “Hot Topics in Election Law,” including voter identification, voting centers, electronic voting machines and much more. N. Davey Neal, Chief of Staff for Indiana’s Secretary of State Connie Lawson, will shed light on what the state’s Chief Election Officer is doing to ensure the integrity of Indiana’s voting process in this important year. This program will be held Thursday, October 4 from noon to 1 p.m.

Volunteer at the November Election

Take an active role in this year’s election by volunteering as an inspector, clerk or judge at the polls on November 6. To work a poll in Marion County, volunteers must be registered voters and live in Marion County. Volunteers must also attend a training session regardless of previous volunteer experience or training sessions attended in the past.

The Government Practice Section will host a free volunteer training session on Thursday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Featuring Marion County Clerk Beth White, the program will also include three free hours of continuing legal education credit and a light breakfast. Registration for the training is accessible at www.indybar.org.

Let’s Educate Fellow Voters

A recent survey unveiled that two-thirds of Americans can’t name one United States Supreme Court Justice. Imagine the results of that survey if that question were taken down to a local level. How many Hoosiers could name a state Supreme Court Justice, an appellate judge, a superior court judge? While judicial retention votes are unlikely to be the most exciting part of November’s General Election, any step toward educating the public on the judiciary is a positive one.

Spurred by an effort to educate Indiana voters, the Division of State Court Administration created www.in.gov/judiciary/retention, a site meant to share relevant information on the six Indiana appellate court judges who will be up for retention vote this November with the public. Voters will decide “yes” or “no” on whether to retain each judge, and the site includes helpful information, including biographies and judicial opinions, to assist voters in making an informed decision. Of the six judges, four are IndyBar members—Justice Steven David, Judge John Baker, Judge Nancy Vaidik and Judge Paul Mathias.•

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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