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Marion Circuit Court Adopts Amendment to RuleOn July 16th, the Marion Circuit Court published for comment a proposed amendment to Marion County Small Claims Court Rule 49SC00502. Following a comment period ending August 31, the court modified the rule as proposed. Pursuant to Indiana Trial Rule 81 and Indiana Code § 33-34-5-6, the Marion County Circuit Court has now adopted the rule. To view the order amending the rule as well as the rule change, visit

U.S. Attorney’s Office to Host Symposium

The Civil Rights Task Force of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana will host a half day symposium designed to provide critical knowledge of important civil rights legislation, rights under the law, and trends and hot button issues on Tuesday, October 22. The program is free and open to the public. Registrations are due by October 11. Go to for more information.

Welcome New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

Courtroom connotations: stress, contention and opposition. Let the IndyBar change that for you-participate in a warm, wonderful Naturalization Ceremony. Twice a month, the IndyBar sends representatives to the Naturalization Ceremonies to give welcoming words to the new citizens. Ceremonies are held in the Federal Courthouse, last about an hour and are held on Thursday mornings. For more information and to volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at

Indianapolis Bar Foundation Trivia Night is Back!

Question: How do you prove your trivia dominance while supporting a great cause? Answer: Register for IBF Trivia Night, coming back for a third time this year on Tuesday, November 5 at Dave & Buster’s in Castleton. Emceed by James Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll and Adam Christensen of Mallor Grodner, teams of up to five people—both members and non-members are invited—will compete to become the IBF Trivia Champions. Learn more and register online at

Scholarships Available to WLD Symposium

The Indianapolis Bar Association Women & the Law Division is proud to present “Women, Law & Leadership: Pay it Forward,” a comprehensive symposium designed to inform, inspire and enlighten. This event will feature a series of programs on hot legal topics of interest to all lawyers as well as entertaining and compelling sessions addressing issues that impact women lawyers on October 24 and 25, 2013. The symposium will also provide great opportunities for networking at the welcome reception, Keynote Dinner and Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Celebration Lunch.

Through generous sponsorships, several scholarships are available for this can’t-miss event. Applications are due October 10. Go to to access the scholarship application, to view the full schedule and to access online registration.

IndyBar Office Closing

Please note that the office of the Indianapolis Bar Association & Foundation will be closed on Monday, October 14 in observance of Columbus Day. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15.•


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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.