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Justice David to head panel at NWI pro bono event

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Indiana Justice Steven David, appellate Judge Melissa May and lawyers and judges from Pro Bono District A, will be among the presenters at a day-long CLE event July 27 at Valparaiso University Law School. “A Potpourri of Timely Topics” is co-sponsored by the law school and NWI Volunteer Lawyers Inc., the District A pro bono project.

Topics on the agenda include recent developments in Chapter 13 bankruptcy; advanced issues in workers’ compensation; recent developments in criminal law – especially OWI cases; navigating the new child support guidelines; self-represented litigants and family law; and veteran’s issues and assisting with Veterans Affairs appeals.

David will present “You, John Adams, and the Rule of Law. Don’t Give Up the Fight” at the plenary session scheduled for 10:20 a.m. May will speak on “What to do and not do as a Lawyer in and out of the Courtroom” at the working lunch. G. Michael Witte, executive secretary of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, will offer “Witty Ways to Avoid Witte.” And Porter Superior Judge William Alexa will present “Don’t look now, but your client is setting up an appeal/PCR/Habeas for incompetent counsel.”

Other presenters scheduled include Chapter 13 Trustee Paul Chael; workers’ comp Judge A. James Sarkisian; family court Magistrates Nanette Raduenz and Mary DeBoer; Elizabeth Murphy, general counsel to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles; and attorneys Polli Pollum, Jeff Clymer and Paul Stanko.

Judy Stanton, executive director of NWI Volunteer Lawyers, is seeking law firms that are interested in underwriting the event, which is a fundraiser for the District A pro bono project. Donors will be acknowledged in the formal program for the event.

Registration is $200 and the event is approved for up to 6 hours CLE, 2.5 hours ethics and 2.5 hours of new lawyer CLE credit. To register, contact Judy Stanton at probono@hobartlaw.net or 219-942-3404.•

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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