IndyBar: Nissa's News 3/8/21

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iba-nissas-news-header.gifProvide Insight for Our Future – Indianapolis Justice Center

The IndyBar has continued to work closely with our local judicial officers regarding the possibility of moving both the civil and criminal courts to the mayor’s planned justice center at the former Citizens Energy Coke factory just east of downtown Indianapolis. Our judges are working hard to evaluate all options and to determine the best use of resources for our community. In evaluating these options, representatives from the Marion Superior Court have asked IndyBar members to provide input regarding the possible relocation of civil and criminal courts, as well as input regarding desired improvements to our courts.

Our judges want to hear from local practicing attorneys to better understand what technology, courtroom design, safety and other features would most benefit and promote the efficient practice of law in Indianapolis. The IndyBar has asked our Litigation, Family Law, Criminal Justice and Estate Planning & Administration Sections to seek feedback from their members and to provide this feedback to our IndyBar Justice Center Task Force as soon as possible. Our task force will then compile all the information and provide it to the judges as requested. This is an exciting time of change and opportunity in our local legal community. Do not miss this opportunity to voice your opinion about these potential changes and to provide guidance as our local leaders make decisions that likely will impact how we all practice law in the future.

Don’t Miss Out on IndyBar Membership

If you have not yet renewed your IndyBar membership for 2017, you need to do so now or you will miss out on all that the IndyBar has to offer you this year! Whether you need law practice management tools, a new headshot or introduction video for your website, reasonably priced CLE offered by local practitioners on either the Northside or in downtown Indianapolis, legal forms to assist you in preparing your cases, the opportunity to get involved in your local legal community or if you simply want to spend time socializing with other local attorneys at our annual Bench Bar Conference, the IndyBar will provide you with numerous benefits and services that will provide value to your practice. Learn more about these benefits (and a boatload of additional perks) at and get signed up for another year at

As if those benefits and services weren’t enough, keep an eye on IndyBar social media and your inbox March 8 to March 10 for a special membership offer you won’t want to miss! Have questions or feedback on what would make your membership even more valuable? Contact us at!

Forms, Form, Forms

We’ve all heard this advice: don’t reinvent the wheel. Many practitioners have found immense time and money-saving benefits from templated forms and documents. In this vein, the IndyBar is undertaking an effort to completely revise our online forms directory so that we can provide convenient and useful practice forms to our members. Members from every substantive law section within the bar are currently at work identifying new forms and resources that would benefit our membership.

If there are forms that you do not have in your practice that you believe would be helpful, please contact Julie Armstrong at and let her know your specific requests. Likewise, if you have a form you would like to share for the benefit of the Indy legal community, please contact Julie. We will do our best to fulfill the requests of all our members.


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  1. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  2. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  3. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

  4. If it were your child that died maybe you'd be more understanding. Most of us don't have graves to visit. My son was killed on a state road and I will be putting up a memorial where he died. It gives us a sense of peace to be at the location he took his last breath. Some people should be more understanding of that.

  5. Can we please take notice of the connection between the declining state of families across the United States and the RISE OF CPS INVOLVEMENT??? They call themselves "advocates" for "children's rights", however, statistics show those children whom are taken from, even NEGLIGENT homes are LESS likely to become successful, independent adults!!! Not to mention the undeniable lack of respect and lack of responsibility of the children being raised today vs the way we were raised 20 years ago, when families still existed. I was born in 1981 and I didn't even ever hear the term "CPS", in fact, I didn't even know they existed until about ten years ago... Now our children have disagreements between friends and they actually THREATEN EACH OTHER WITH, "I'll call CPS" or "I'll have [my parent] (usually singular) call CPS"!!!! And the truth is, no parent is perfect and we all have flaws and make mistakes, but it is RIGHTFULLY OURS - BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS GREAT NATION - to be imperfect. Let's take a good look at what kind of parenting those that are stealing our children are doing, what kind of adults are they producing? WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN RIPPED FROM THEIR FAMILY AND THAT CHILD'S SUCCESS - or otherwise - AS AN ADULT.....