Bar Associations/Foundations

Task force recommends changes to Indiana Bar Exam and grading system

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
After more than a year of study, a task force convened by the bar associations in Indianapolis has concluded part of the Indiana Bar Exam tests on “fake laws” and the revised grading system may be forcing the Board of Law Examiners to fail more students.
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IndyBar: Indiana Bar Examination Assessment Task Force Releases Report

February 22, 2017
From IndyBar
The Indiana Bar Examination Assessment Task Force has completed its 18-month study and issued its 82-page report.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

February 22, 2017
See photos from the IndyBar Lawyer-Legislator Luncheon, held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
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The IndyBar and Marion County Bar Association Celebrate Black History Month

February 22, 2017
From IndyBar
During Black History Month and every month, the IndyBar proudly joins the Marion County Bar Association in celebrating our diverse judiciary serving in and around Marion County.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 2/22/17

February 22, 2017
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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ISBA begins search for next executive director

February 10, 2017
IL Staff
Leaders of the Indiana State Bar Association are beginning the process of finding a new executive director.
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IndyBar Releases Statement Following Justice Center Site Selection

February 8, 2017
From IndyBar
On Tuesday, January 31, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the site selection for the city’s new justice center complex. The IndyBar, through its Justice Center Task Force, released the following statement.
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Asian attorneys less represented in Indianapolis than nationwide

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
In the post-recession economy, Asians were the only minority group to experience constant growth in partner and associate positions at large law firms each year, while black and Hispanic attorneys followed a roller coaster-like cycle of growth and decline. However, the situation is less promising for Asian attorneys in Indianapolis.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

February 8, 2017
From IndyBar
IndyBar Bar Leader Series alumni and current series participants teamed up on Tuesday, January 17, for a service event at Gleaners Food Bank.
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Ricafort: Crafting a Plan for the Future

February 8, 2017
Nissa Ricafort
The Indianapolis Bar Association has long supported merit selection for our local judges and we have thoroughly weighed the concern that a merit-selection system would minimize or eliminate diversity in the judicial branch.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 2/8/17

February 8, 2017
From IndyBar
News from around the bar!
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DTCI: Thanks and Welcome

February 8, 2017
From DTCI
DTCI members have now received the current issue of the Indiana Civil Litigation Review. Thanks are due the entire board of editors.
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DTCI: Medical malpractice and summary judgment

February 8, 2017
From DTCI
Are recent appellate court decisions raising the evidentiary threshold for health care defendants?
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ABA bar exam standard fails

February 7, 2017
IL Staff
The American Bar Association House of Delegates rejected a proposal to link law school accreditation to higher bar passage rates.
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ABA president to speak at ISBA Small, Solo Conference

January 25, 2017
IL Staff
American Bar Association President Linda A. Klein has been confirmed at the keynote speaker for the Indiana State Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Conference in June, the ISBA announced Wednesday.
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ABA House of Delegates turning its attention to law schools

January 25, 2017
IL Staff
The American Bar Association is poised to dial up the pressure on law schools by linking bar exam passage rates to accreditation.
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Zoeller ends public service with donation to bar foundation

January 20, 2017
IL Staff
Saying he is stepping out of public life, former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has donated his remaining campaign funds to the Indiana Bar Foundation.
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Pyrz begins his last year leading Indiana State Bar Association

January 11, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Thomas Pyrz, who has led the ISBA since Nov. 22, 1992, plans to retire at the end of 2017. His nearly 25-year tenure has included hiring additional staff, launching new programs, and increasing the value of membership to counter attorneys’ shifting view of the association.
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New ABA Blueprint tool designed to increase solo, small firm efficiency

January 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
The American Bar Associatin's Blueprint, an online legal tech marketplace tool, launched in November 2016 and is meant to enable attorneys working at solo and small firms to quickly and easily find legal technology that meets their firms’ needs.
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IndyBar: Denise Hayden Receives 2016 Family Law Section Award

January 11, 2017
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Family Law Section selected Denise Hayden of the Law Office of Jessica S. Lacy to receive the annual Family Law Section Award.
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New for 2017: Free Fridays at the IndyBar

January 11, 2017
From IndyBar
Get more from your membership this year with Free Fridays at the IndyBar! We’ll be saving you time and money each month with these complimentary services. All offerings take place at the IndyBar office.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono for Any Schedule

January 11, 2017
Volunteers are now being sought for three IndyBar pro bono programs that allow members to choose to dedicate just an hour or two or a longer-term commitment.
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IndyBar: Let’s Get Suited Up!

January 11, 2017
From IndyBar
‘Tis the season to clean out your closet! From IndyBar’s Law Student Division and Young Lawyers Division, it’s once again time to help get central Indiana students “Suited Up” for success.
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Meet the 2017 DTCI board of directors

January 11, 2017
From DTCI
At the November annual meeting of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the following officers and directors were elected. They assumed office on Jan. 1, 2017.
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Program offers free legal assistance on King holiday

January 9, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana State Bar Association will again be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by sponsoring the 2017 “Talk to a Lawyer Today” program Jan. 16 at sites all across the state.
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  1. @BryanJBrown, You are totally correct. I have no words, you nailed it.....

  2. You have not overstated the reality of the present situation. The government inquisitor in my case, who demanded that I, on the record, to choose between obedience to God's law or man's law, remains on the BLE, even an officer of the BLE, and was recently renewed in her contract for another four years. She has a long history in advancing LGBQT rights. http://www.realjock.com/article/1071 THINK WITH ME: What if a currently serving BLE officer or analogous court official (ie discplinary officer) asked an atheist to affirm the Existence, or demanded a transsexual to undergo a mental evaluation to probe his/her alleged mindcrime? That would end a career. The double standard is glaring, see the troubling question used to ban me for life from the Ind bar right here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners (see page 8 of 21) Again, what if I had been a homosexual rights activist before law school rather than a prolife activist? A gay rights activist after law school admitted to the SCOTUS and Kansas since 1996, without discipline? A homosexual rights activist who had argued before half the federal appellate courts in the country? I am pretty certain that had I been that LGBQT activist, and not a pro-life activist, my passing of the Indiana bar exam would have rendered me an Indiana attorney .... rather than forever banished. So yes, there is a glaring double standard. And some are even beyond the reach of constitutional and statutory protections. I was.

  3. Historically speaking pagans devalue children and worship animals. How close are we? Consider the ruling above plus today's tidbit from the politically correct high Court: http://indianacourts.us/times/2016/12/are-you-asking-the-right-questions-intimate-partner-violence-and-pet-abuse/

  4. The father is a convicted of spousal abuse. 2 restaining orders been put on him, never made any difference the whole time she was there. The time he choked the mother she dropped the baby the police were called. That was the only time he was taken away. The mother was suppose to have been notified when he was released no call was ever made. He made his way back, kicked the door open and terrified the mother. She ran down the hallway and locked herself and the baby in the bathroom called 911. The police came and said there was nothing they could do (the policeman was a old friend from highschool, good ole boy thing).They told her he could burn the place down as long as she wasn't in it.The mother got another resataining order, the judge told her if you were my daughter I would tell you to leave. So she did. He told her "If you ever leave me I will make your life hell, you don't know who your f!@#$%^ with". The fathers other 2 grown children from his 1st exwife havent spoke 1 word to him in almost 15yrs not 1 word.This is what will be a forsure nightmare for this little girl who is in the hands of pillar of the community. Totally corrupt system. Where I come from I would be in jail not only for that but non payment of child support. Unbelievably pitiful...

  5. dsm 5 indicates that a lot of kids with gender dysphoria grow out of it. so is it really a good idea to encourage gender reassignment? Perhaps that should wait for the age of majority. I don't question the compassionate motives of many of the trans-advocates, but I do question their wisdom. Likewise, they should not question the compassion of those whose potty policies differ. too often, any opposition to the official GLBT agenda is instantly denounced as "homophobia" etc.

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