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Bench Bar Registration Now Open!

With a “place for every practice,” Bench Bar 2014 is truly a can’t miss event, featuring speakers, programs and activities to suit nearly every Indy practitioner. Bench Bar 2014 will be held June 19 to 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit www.indybenchbar.org to view the agenda and register today.

Circuit Mediator Opening

The United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has an opening for the position of Circuit Mediator. Go to http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov for additional information.

U.S. Department of Justice Announces Vacancies for Assistant U.S. Attorney

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana is recruiting for multiple Assistant United States Attorneys. The attorney(s) selected will be assigned to the Indianapolis, Indiana office as part of the Criminal Division. View the job online at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/363254100.

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 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.

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.

Scholarships Available from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

Applications are now being accepted for three academic scholarships and four educational scholarships from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the IndyBar. The IBF awards academic and educational scholarships to deserving law students annually as one way of carrying out its mission—to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service. Access the scholarship form at indybar.org/ibf. Applications are due April 1.

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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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