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Volunteer Positions with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Available

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation impacts members of our profession and community throughout the year through its programs, grants and initiatives. Be a part of this impact with service on an IBF committee in 2014. See the list of committees below, and contact jarmstrong@indybar.org to express your interest. Most committees meet monthly, typically during lunch. Effort will be made to complete all committee assignments and reply by late-December.

Development Committee - 2014 Chair: Lee Christie, Cline Farrell Christie & Lee

Purpose: To lead and direct the non-event fundraising efforts of the Foundation including annual campaign, Distinguished Fellows, Senior Fellows, planned giving, grants, and targeted solicitations (does not include golf and dinner/auction).

Dinner/Auction Committee - 2014 Co-Chairs: Erin Durnell, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC; and Briana Clark, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Purpose: To plan and host the annual dinner/auction fundraiser including sponsorships, table/ticket sales, and silent/live auction. Event to be held in October 2014.

Golf Committee - 2014 Chair: Ned Mulligan, Cohen & Malad LLP

Purpose: To coordinate the annual golf fundraiser including foursomes, individual players, and sponsors. Event to be held in July 2014.

Visibility Committee - 2014 Chair: Whitney Mosby, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Purpose: To attain greater visibility and recognition in the Indianapolis legal community as the only local charitable choice for Indianapolis lawyers to support the Indianapolis legal community. Particular attention is given to the quarterly newsletter and enhancing the web presence of the IBF.

Impact Fund Committee - 2014 Chair: Melanie Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

Purpose: To investigate grant making opportunities and make recommendation to the IBF Board about allocation of grant dollars.

Welcome New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

Courtroom connotations: stress, contention and opposition. Let the IndyBar change that for you—participate in a warm, wonderful Naturalization Ceremony. Twice a month, the IndyBar sends representatives to the Naturalization Ceremonies to give welcoming words to the new citizens. Ceremonies are held in the Federal Courthouse, last about an hour and are held on Thursday mornings. For more information and to volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.•

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  1. Oh, the name calling was not name calling, it was merely social commentary making this point, which is on the minds of many, as an aside to the article's focus: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100111082327AAmlmMa Or, if you prefer a local angle, I give you exhibit A in that analysis of viva la difference: http://fox59.com/2015/03/16/moed-appears-on-house-floor-says-hes-not-resigning/

  2. Too many attorneys take their position as a license to intimidate and threaten non attorneys in person and by mail. Did find it ironic that a reader moved to comment twice on this article could not complete a paragraph without resorting to insulting name calling (rethuglican) as a substitute for reasoned discussion. Some people will never get the point this action should have made.

  3. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  4. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  5. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.

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