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Get Hands-On Help with Microsoft Office!Microsoft Office is one of the most commonly used tools across law firms, but even with its popularity many people do not have time to explore all of its capabilities. As a result, many users get frustrated feeling like there must be an easier way to accomplish certain tasks but they don’t know where to look for answers.


In an upcoming hands on session offered by the IndyBar Paralegal Committee on August 20, computers loaded with the newest version of Microsoft Office 365 will be available for you to explore capabilities and everyday tips and tricks that will help you overcome everyday frustrations including the ability to:

• access documents outside of the office

securely, and affordably share information with clients, experts, and co-counsel

• conduct meetings online effectively

• organize case notes in a centralized location accessible from any computer or mobile device

This program will take place in two sessions: a hands-on session from 9 a.m. to noon and a CLE program from noon to 1 p.m. You may register for either session or for both sessions. Lunch will be included with the CLE portion. Please note: the hands-on session is limited to 11 participants. Register online at www.indybar.org.

Notice of Proposed Rule Amendment

The public comment period is now open for proposed rule amendments to local Court Rule LR49-SC10-502 Attorney’s Fees. Comments will be accepted until August 30, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.in.gov/judiciary/2922.htm#local.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2013 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 8. Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at the library locations throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Green Legal Certification Period Open for 2013

Now in its second year, the IndyBar’s Green Legal Initiative seeks to encourage firms, organizations and legal departments to consider adopting “greener” business practices. Eighteen firms were recognized in the Green Legal program in 2012, and now’s your chance! Applications for certification will be accepted until September 13, and participating firms will be recognized at the bar’s annual Recognition Luncheon in November, as well as in various IndyBar publications. For more information and to access the application, visit www.indybar.org.

Student Scholarship Available from IndyBar Government Practice Section

The IndyBar Government Practice Section is pleased to announce the availability of an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to be awarded to a second- or third-year law student with an interest in government practice. All application materials are due by August 24, 2012. The scholarship will be awarded by August 22, 2013. Visit indybar.org to view additional information about the scholarship and to access the scholarship application.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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