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

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

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, and use promo code INDYBAR10 to receive the discount.

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Now your IndyBar E-Bulletin is all about YOU! Log in at 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

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 for more information and to register.•


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.