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IndyBar Frontlines - 2/26/14

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Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2014 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, April 8. Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at the library/community center locations throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

It’s Membership Renewal Time!

Don’t miss out on a great year with the IndyBar: Renew for 2014 today! Convenient online renewal is available at www.indybar.org/renew.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers!

These volunteers at the Feb. 11 Legal Line program provided 118 callers with free legal advice. Thank you to: Ned Mulligan, Maggie Sadler, Jonathan Knoll and Michael McBride, all of Cohen & Malad LLP; and Jennifer Strange, Dustin Detzler, Chad Oswald, and Stephanie McGowan, all of Harrison & Moberly; and Jamie Wilkins of Indiana Legal Services.

Carryout Lunch Discount Available for IndyBar Members

Heading to an IndyBar brownbag lunch CLE program? Swing by the Labor District Cafe on the second floor of the BMO Plaza Building on your way up to the IndyBar office. IndyBar members get 10 percent off of all pre-ordered carryout orders! View the menu and order online at orderstart.com/labordistrict, and use promo code INDYBAR10 to receive the discount.

Customize Your E-Bulletin!

Now your IndyBar E-Bulletin is all about YOU! Log in at indybar.org/account and click “Manage Your News Subscriptions.” There you can select your own personal news subscriptions from 24 different topics. The latest articles from your subscriptions will automatically populate in the “My IndyBar News” in your bi-weekly E-Bulletin. These subscriptions will also populate a personalized homepage when you log in at indybar.org.

American Bar Association Issues Legislative Action Alert on Accrual Method Proposal

The ABA is urging federal lawmakers to rethink a possible plan to require businesses to use the accrual method instead of traditional cash accounting in the discussion draft Tax Reform Act of 2013. The ABA asserts that accrual method would be both more complex and more expensive that the current system. The IndyBar Board of Directors is currently communicating with members of Congress to determine the potential impact of this measure and what, if any, response or insight should be provided

Free Program Offered by Heartland Pro Bono Council

Learn how you can help unrepresented litigants, the Marion County Courts, and your own practice through a CLE program offered by Heartland Pro Bono Council on Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. The program is offered at no cost to attendees who agree to take one pro bono family law case. Contact Dana Luetzelschwab at dana.luetzelschwab@ilsi.net for more information and to register.•

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  1. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  2. If the end result is to simply record the spoke word, then perhaps some day digital recording may eventually be the status quo. However, it is a shallow view to believe the professional court reporter's function is to simply report the spoken word and nothing else. There are many aspects to being a professional court reporter, and many aspects involved in producing a professional and accurate transcript. A properly trained professional steno court reporter has achieved a skill set in a field where the average dropout rate in court reporting schools across the nation is 80% due to the difficulty of mastering the necessary skills. To name just a few "extras" that a court reporter with proper training brings into a courtroom or a deposition suite; an understanding of legal procedure, technology specific to the legal profession, and an understanding of what is being said by the attorneys and litigants (which makes a huge difference in the quality of the transcript). As to contracting, or anti-contracting the argument is simple. The court reporter as governed by our ethical standards is to be the independent, unbiased individual in a deposition or courtroom setting. When one has entered into a contract with any party, insurance carrier, etc., then that reporter is no longer unbiased. I have been a court reporter for over 30 years and I echo Mr. Richardson's remarks that I too am here to serve.

  3. A competitive bid process is ethical and appropriate especially when dealing with government agencies and large corporations, but an ethical line is crossed when court reporters in Pittsburgh start charging exorbitant fees on opposing counsel. This fee shifting isn't just financially biased, it undermines the entire justice system, giving advantages to those that can afford litigation the most. It makes no sense.

  4. "a ttention to detail is an asset for all lawyers." Well played, Indiana Lawyer. Well played.

  5. I have a appeals hearing for the renewal of my LPN licenses and I need an attorney, the ones I have spoke to so far want the money up front and I cant afford that. I was wondering if you could help me find one that takes payments or even a pro bono one. I live in Indiana just north of Indianapolis.

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