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IndyBar Frontlines - 5/7/14

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Last Chance: Register Now 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” 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.

‘Practical Practice’ Track to Debut at Bench Bar

The IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference has long been known as the best opportunity for litigators and judges to mix and mingle in a casual, fun environment. Now in its 21st year, the conference has widened its appeal with the inaugural “Practical Practice” track planned for the 2014 event, to be held June 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Practical Practice Track is designed to introduce new lawyers or newly solo lawyers to the basics of operating a firm and will also highlight several common solo practice areas, including estate planning, family law and criminal law. View the full conference agenda and access online registration at indybenchbar.org.

Hit the Links with the IBF

Spring may have just sprung, but it isn’t too early to make plans to join the Indianapolis Bar Foundation at the 2014 Lawyer Links Classic golf outing. Enjoy a day on the course at the Golf Club of Indianapolis July 17 while supporting a great cause. Learn more at indybar.org/ibfevents.

Scholarships Available for Bench Bar Conference

Applications are now being accepted for 20 scholarships to attend the IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference, coming up June 19 to 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio. These scholarships, which are made possible through the generosity of Bench Bar Conference sponsors, include Friday Arrival Full Conference Registration and Friday night lodging at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. These scholarships are available to attorneys with preference given to IndyBar members, those demonstrating an interest in active IndyBar and/or Indianapolis Bar Foundation participation, and those in practice five years or less. Applications are due May 8. Learn more and access the application form at indybenchbar.org.

IndyBar Review: Delivering the ‘Power to Pass’ for February Exam Takers

Indiana Bar Exam results for the February 2014 exam were released on Tuesday, April 29. Congrats to all successful takers! Ninety-four percent of McKinney School of Law graduates who took IndyBar Review, the IndyBar’s official bar review course, passed the exam, with a 100 percent pass rate for McKinney graduates who attended all live sessions.

Taking the July Bar Exam? There’s still time to sign up for IndyBar Review! To learn more about IndyBar Review and how it delivers the “power to pass,” visit indybar.org/barreview.•
 

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  1. Falk said “At this point, at this minute, we’ll savor this particular victory.” “It certainly is a historic week on this front,” Cockrum said. “What a delight ... “Happy Independence Day to the women of the state of Indiana,” WOW. So we broke with England for the right to "off" our preborn progeny at will, and allow the processing plant doing the dirty deeds (dirt cheap) to profit on the marketing of those "products of conception." I was completely maleducated on our nation's founding, it would seem. (But I know the ACLU is hard at work to remedy that, too.)

  2. congratulations on such balanced journalism; I also love how fetus disposal affects women's health protection, as covered by Roe...

  3. It truly sickens me every time a case is compared to mine. The Indiana Supreme Court upheld my convictions based on a finding of “hidden threats.” The term “hidden threat” never appeared until the opinion in Brewington so I had no way of knowing I was on trial for making hidden threats because Dearborn County Prosecutor F Aaron Negangard argued the First Amendment didn't protect lies. Negangard convened a grand jury to investigate me for making “over the top” and “unsubstantiated” statements about court officials, not hidden threats of violence. My indictments and convictions were so vague, the Indiana Court of Appeals made no mention of hidden threats when they upheld my convictions. Despite my public defender’s closing arguments stating he was unsure of exactly what conduct the prosecution deemed to be unlawful, Rush found that my lawyer’s trial strategy waived my right to the fundamental error of being tried for criminal defamation because my lawyer employed a strategy that attempted to take advantage of Negangard's unconstitutional criminal defamation prosecution against me. Rush’s opinion stated the prosecution argued two grounds for conviction one constitutional and one not, however the constitutional true threat “argument” consistently of only a blanket reading of subsection 1 of the intimidation statute during closing arguments, making it impossible to build any kind of defense. Of course intent was impossible for my attorney to argue because my attorney, Rush County Chief Public Defender Bryan Barrett refused to meet with me prior to trial. The record is littered with examples of where I made my concerns known to the trial judge that I didn’t know the charges against me, I did not have access to evidence, all while my public defender refused to meet with me. Special Judge Brian Hill, from Rush Superior Court, refused to address the issue with my public defender and marched me to trial without access to evidence or an understanding of the indictments against me. Just recently the Indiana Public Access Counselor found that four over four years Judge Hill has erroneously denied access to the grand jury audio from my case, the most likely reason being the transcription of the grand jury proceedings omitted portions of the official audio record. The bottom line is any intimidation case involves an action or statement that is debatably a threat of physical violence. There were no such statements in my case. The Indiana Supreme Court took partial statements I made over a period of 41 months and literally connected them with dots… to give the appearance that the statements were made within the same timeframe and then claimed a person similarly situated would find the statements intimidating while intentionally leaving out surrounding contextual factors. Even holding the similarly situated test was to be used in my case, the prosecution argued that the only intent of my public writings was to subject the “victims” to ridicule and hatred so a similarly situated jury instruction wouldn't even have applied in my case. Chief Justice Rush wrote the opinion while Rush continued to sit on a committee with one of the alleged victims in my trial and one of the judges in my divorce, just as she'd done for the previous 7+ years. All of this information, including the recent PAC opinion against the Dearborn Superior Court II can be found on my blog www.danbrewington.blogspot.com.

  4. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  5. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

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