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Thank You, Mediation Day Volunteers!

Through the Alternative Dispute Resolution section’s fourth-annual Mediation Day on Friday, September 6, six of nine mediations held for cases pending in Marion County Paternity Court were successfully settled by volunteer mediators from the section. Commissioner Sheryl Lynch estimated that this pro bono service freed up two days on the court’s busy docket.


The following mediators graciously volunteered their time: Marc Matheny, Attorney at Law; Jana Strain, Jana K. Strain, Attorney/Mediator; Dallin Lykins, Lewis & Kappes PC; Elodie Meuser, The Mediation Option; Emily Bubb, The Mediation Option; Erin Durnell, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC; Jennifer Bays Beinart, Bays Family Law; Amanda Blystone, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC; Ann Knotek, Ann Z. Knotek LLC; and Robin Kelly, Mitchell Law Group.

In addition, the day provided a valuable opportunity for 10 law students to shadow the mediators. The section also thanks Faegre Baker Daniels LLP for providing office space and assistance for the mediators throughout the day.

Free CLE Offered to Guardian Ad Litem Volunteers

The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, the Indiana Supreme Court and the Youth Law Team are teaming up to offer “Training to be a Guardian Ad Litem in a Juvenile Delinquent Case” on Friday, November 1. This training, which includes 6.0 CLE credits with 1.0 Ethics, can be taken for no charge by attorneys who volunteer to take two juvenile delinquent cases as a Guardian Ad Litem.

The program is designed to train lawyers who are interested in serving as a Guardian Ad Litem in Juvenile Delinquent cases, but may be unfamiliar with the procedures and expectations. Training includes role description and responsibilities, delinquency law and procedure as well as recognition of child abuse and child development as required by the 2012 statute. A question and answer session with the Juvenile Court Judges will be held over lunch. Make a positive impact on a minor and you could prevent them from entering the criminal justice system as an adult! Register online at www.indybar.org.

Volunteers Needed for Refugee Adjustment Intake Day

Attorney volunteers are needed to assist refugees in Indianapolis at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic’s Refugee Adjustment Intake Day on October 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity for volunteer attorneys who don’t have time to take case referrals throughout the year to help out for one day with no commitment following them home. Attorneys, experienced or not, will join the NCLC staff in assisting up to 50 refugees in the Indianapolis area with adjusting their current status to obtain their “greencard.” Training for volunteers will take place the morning of the event.

The Intake Day will be held at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (3333 N. Meridian St.). Attorneys will meet with up to five clinic clients during the course of the day. Interpreters will be available for non-English speaking clients. Contact Erin Hougland at ehougland@nclegalclinic.org to volunteer or to get 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.

Nominations Open for Recognition Awards

Do you know of a deserving IndyBar member who has worked hard for the community? Nominate him or her for an IndyBar award! Nominations are being accepted for the following IndyBar awards: the Dr. John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education and the IndyBar Pro Bono Awards. For more information and to access the nomination form, go to www.indybar.org. Nominations are due September 30.

Deadline Extended for Green Legal Certification

To encourage Indy legal professionals to go green, the Green Legal Initiative has been developed by the IndyBar’s Go Green Committee. Now in its second year, this initiative encourages legal businesses, including law practices, legal departments, courts, agencies, legal support services and other members of the community to commit and engage in environmentally responsible business operations. Applications are now being accepted and are due on October 1.

Green Legal Initiative Members will be recognized by the IndyBar at the annual Recognition Luncheon and on the IndyBar website, and will also be provided with the Green Legal logo for print and electronic use when promoting their commitment to green business practices. Becoming a Green Legal Initiative member is easy! Simply access the application form at http://www.indybar.org/resources/go-green and return it to mprice@indybar.org by October 1.•
 

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  1. Actually, and most strikingly, the ruling failed to address the central issue to the whole case: Namely, Black Knight/LPS, who was NEVER a party to the State court litigation, and who is under a 2013 consent judgment in Indiana (where it has stipulated to the forgery of loan documents, the ones specifically at issue in my case)never disclosed itself in State court or remediated the forged loan documents as was REQUIRED of them by the CJ. In essence, what the court is willfully ignoring, is that it is setting a precedent that the supplier of a defective product, one whom is under a consent judgment stipulating to such, and under obligation to remediate said defective product, can: 1.) Ignore the CJ 2.) Allow counsel to commit fraud on the state court 3.) Then try to hide behind Rooker Feldman doctrine as a bar to being held culpable in federal court. The problem here is the court is in direct conflict with its own ruling(s) in Johnson v. Pushpin Holdings & Iqbal- 780 F.3d 728, at 730 “What Johnson adds - what the defendants in this suit have failed to appreciate—is that federal courts retain jurisdiction to award damages for fraud that imposes extrajudicial injury. The Supreme Court drew that very line in Exxon Mobil ... Iqbal alleges that the defendants conducted a racketeering enterprise that predates the state court’s judgments ...but Exxon Mobil shows that the Rooker Feldman doctrine asks what injury the plaintiff asks the federal court to redress, not whether the injury is “intertwined” with something else …Because Iqbal seeks damages for activity that (he alleges) predates the state litigation and caused injury independently of it, the Rooker-Feldman doctrine does not block this suit. It must be reinstated.” So, as I already noted to others, I now have the chance to bring my case to SCOTUS; the ruling by Wood & Posner is flawed on numerous levels,BUT most troubling is the fact that the authors KNOW it's a flawed ruling and choose to ignore the flaws for one simple reason: The courts have decided to agree with former AG Eric Holder that national banks "Are too big to fail" and must win at any cost-even that of due process, case precedent, & the truth....Let's see if SCOTUS wants a bite at the apple.

  2. I am in NJ & just found out that there is a judgment against me in an action by Driver's Solutions LLC in IN. I was never served with any Court pleadings, etc. and the only thing that I can find out is that they were using an old Staten Island NY address for me. I have been in NJ for over 20 years and cannot get any response from Drivers Solutions in IN. They have a different lawyer now. I need to get this vacated or stopped - it is now almost double & at 18%. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  3. I am in NJ & just found out that there is a judgment against me in an action by Driver's Solutions LLC in IN. I was never served with any Court pleadings, etc. and the only thing that I can find out is that they were using an old Staten Island NY address for me. I have been in NJ for over 20 years and cannot get any response from Drivers Solutions in IN. They have a different lawyer now. I need to get this vacated or stopped - it is now almost double & at 18%. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  4. Please I need help with my class action lawsuits, im currently in pro-se and im having hard time findiNG A LAWYER TO ASSIST ME

  5. Access to the court (judiciary branch of government) is the REAL problem, NOT necessarily lack of access to an attorney. Unfortunately, I've lived in a legal and financial hell for the past six years due to a divorce (where I was, supposedly, represented by an attorney) in which I was defrauded of settlement and the other party (and helpers) enriched through the fraud. When I attempted to introduce evidence and testify (pro se) in a foreclosure/eviction, I was silenced (apparently on procedural grounds, as research I've done since indicates). I was thrown out of a residence which was to be sold, by a judge who refused to allow me to speak in (the supposedly "informal") small claims court where the eviction proceeding (by ex-brother-in-law) was held. Six years and I can't even get back on solid or stable ground ... having bank account seized twice, unlawfully ... and now, for the past year, being dragged into court - again, contrary to law and appellate decisions - by former attorney, who is trying to force payment from exempt funds. Friday will mark fifth appearance. Hopefully, I'll be allowed to speak. The situation I find myself in shouldn't even be possible, much less dragging out with no end in sight, for years. I've done nothing wrong, but am watching a lot of wrong being accomplished under court jurisdiction; only because I was married to someone who wanted and was granted a divorce (but was not willing to assume the responsibilities that come with granting the divorce). In fact, the recalcitrant party was enriched by well over $100k, although it was necessarily split with other actors. Pro bono help? It's a nice dream ... but that's all it is, for too many. Meanwhile, injustice marches on.

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