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Kick Off Derby Weekend with IBF Trivia

IBF Trivia is back with 2014’s first installment scheduled for Thursday, May 1 at the Winner’s Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Start assembling your team now and check out additional details at indybar.org/events.

Register today for Take a Law Student to Lunch!

Just one lunch hour. That’s all it takes to open the door of our legal community for a law student and provide that student with the real-life knowledge of what it’s like to practice in Indy. Sign up at indybar.org/events and “Take a Law Student to Lunch” on Thursday, May 15. The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Indianapolis at 120 W. Market St.

IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Student Registration Now Open

The IndyBar will host its annual Diversity Job Fair Aug. 21 and 22, and student registration is now available. Students can find information on how to register at ibadiversityjobfair.org. The Diversity Job Fair is open to fall 2014 full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2016) or part-time 2L or 3L law students (graduating 2016/2017. Twenty-four legal employers, from large firms to government agencies to courts, will be conducting interviews at the fair.

HEAL is Here to Help

HEAL—Helping Enrich Attorneys Lives—assists lawyers, judges and paralegals in the Indianapolis area who are experiencing a crisis or who are affected by the crisis of someone close to that person, such as a spouse or professional colleague. The program is simple, but its impact can be great. Learn more at indybar.org/heal.

Save the Date: Retirement Celebration for Morgan Superior Judge Gray

The Hon. G. Thomas Gray will be honored for 32 years of service at the Morgan County Superior Court on Dec. 11, 2014, at the Jones Crossing Banquet and Event Center in Camby. Ticket sales for the event will be available in fall 2014. For more information, contact Sara Dungan, Morgan County Bar President, at 765-342-1050 or sdungan@morgancounty.in.gov.•

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  1. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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