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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 indybar.org.

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 justice.gov/usao/ins 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 cchopp@indybar.org.

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 indybar.org.

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 indybar.org 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. It's a big fat black mark against the US that they radicalized a lot of these Afghan jihadis in the 80s to fight the soviets and then when they predictably got around to biting the hand that fed them, the US had to invade their homelands, install a bunch of corrupt drug kingpins and kleptocrats, take these guys and torture the hell out of them. Why for example did the US have to sodomize them? Dubya said "they hate us for our freedoms!" Here, try some of that freedom whether you like it or not!!! Now they got even more reasons to hate us-- lets just keep bombing the crap out of their populations, installing more puppet regimes, arming one faction against another, etc etc etc.... the US is becoming a monster. No wonder they hate us. Here's my modest recommendation. How about we follow "Just War" theory in the future. St Augustine had it right. How about we treat these obvious prisoners of war according to the Geneva convention instead of torturing them in sadistic and perverted ways.

  2. As usual, John is "spot-on." The subtle but poignant points he makes are numerous and warrant reflection by mediators and users. Oh but were it so simple.

  3. ACLU. Way to step up against the police state. I see a lot of things from the ACLU I don't like but this one is a gold star in its column.... instead of fighting it the authorities should apologize and back off.

  4. Duncan, It's called the RIGHT OF ASSOCIATION and in the old days people believed it did apply to contracts and employment. Then along came title vii.....that aside, I believe that I am free to work or not work for whomever I like regardless: I don't need a law to tell me I'm free. The day I really am compelled to ignore all the facts of social reality in my associations and I blithely go along with it, I'll be a slave of the state. That day is not today......... in the meantime this proposed bill would probably be violative of 18 usc sec 1981 that prohibits discrimination in contracts... a law violated regularly because who could ever really expect to enforce it along the millions of contracts made in the marketplace daily? Some of these so-called civil rights laws are unenforceable and unjust Utopian Social Engineering. Forcing people to love each other will never work.

  5. I am the father of a sweet little one-year-old named girl, who happens to have Down Syndrome. To anyone who reads this who may be considering the decision to terminate, please know that your child will absolutely light up your life as my daughter has the lives of everyone around her. There is no part of me that condones abortion of a child on the basis that he/she has or might have Down Syndrome. From an intellectual standpoint, however, I question the enforceability of this potential law. As it stands now, the bill reads in relevant part as follows: "A person may not intentionally perform or attempt to perform an abortion . . . if the person knows that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely because the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome or a potential diagnosis of Down syndrome." It includes similarly worded provisions abortion on "any other disability" or based on sex selection. It goes so far as to make the medical provider at least potentially liable for wrongful death. First, how does a medical provider "know" that "the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion SOLELY" because of anything? What if the woman says she just doesn't want the baby - not because of the diagnosis - she just doesn't want him/her? Further, how can the doctor be liable for wrongful death, when a Child Wrongful Death claim belongs to the parents? Is there any circumstance in which the mother's comparative fault will not exceed the doctor's alleged comparative fault, thereby barring the claim? If the State wants to discourage women from aborting their children because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis, I'm all for that. Purporting to ban it with an unenforceable law, however, is not the way to effectuate this policy.

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