Bar Associations/Foundations

Seminar honors esteemed South Bend attorney

December 5, 2016
IL Staff
The St. Joseph County Bar Foundation will host Monday the first of what is planned to be a recurring seminar to honor a longtime attorney and ensure that his legacy of courtesy and respect continues.
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Valparaiso Law public censure puts admission policies to test

November 30, 2016
Olivia Covington
How much the ABA-imposed sanction will impact Valparaiso University Law School depends on who you ask.
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2017 DTCI president focused on celebrating 50th anniversary

November 30, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Evansville attorney wants to look at the history of organization and engage members in service projects in 2017.
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2016 Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana amicus report

November 30, 2016
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Moberly: The IndyBar – Here for all your ‘Ages and Stages’

November 30, 2016
Robyn Moberly
I’ve been asked many times why I volunteer for the Indianapolis Bar Association, and I have given lots of reasons over the years. In fact, the reasons I belong and I volunteer have changed through the years.
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Planning for the Future: The IndyBar Strategic Plan

November 30, 2016
From IndyBar
The strategic planning process—one that the Indianapolis Bar Association has undertaken since the early 1990s—is a crucial practice that charts the course for the coming years, setting priorities, focusing energy and strengthening the organization.
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Valparaiso Law says it's fixing school admission policies

November 17, 2016
Olivia Covington
Valparaiso University Law School is not in danger of closing or losing its accreditation in wake of the American Bar Association’s public censure of the school for noncompliance with admissions practices, the school’s dean said Thursday.
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ABA censures Valpo Law for non-compliant admission practices

November 17, 2016
Olivia Covington
Following an October hearing that found Valparaiso University Law School was not in compliance with the American Bar Association’s student admissions standards, the ABA has imposed a sanction of public censure on the law school and has directed school leaders to take immediate remedial actions.
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IndyBar: Wanzer to Lead Indianapolis Bar Foundation in 2017

November 16, 2016
From IndyBar
Holly Wanzer, founding partner of Wanzer Edwards PC, will serve as the President of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation in 2017, leading the organization’s efforts to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service.
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IndyBar Assists with Arsenal Tech Mock Election

November 16, 2016
From IndyBar
On Monday, Nov. 7, the mock-election for the offices of United States President, Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator was conducted with the assistance of volunteers from Indianapolis Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 11/16/16

November 16, 2016
From IndyBar
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Moberly: Finding Opportunity in Change

November 16, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The disruption in the legal profession from multiple sources has been a topic of much discussion at the IndyBar and all around the country.
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DTCI: Patchett v. Lee: The end of the fight over the admissibility of medical write-offs?

November 16, 2016
From DTCI
The Indiana Supreme Court reinforced its position that Indiana applies the “middle ground” approach in determining the reasonableness of medical services. It has affirmed this approach with respect to medical bills that are paid by private health insurance companies and government entities.
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DTCI Nominations for Board of Directors

November 16, 2016
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana will elect its 2017 officers and directors at its 23rd Annual Conference and Meeting in Fort Wayne Nov. 17-18. They will take office Jan. 1, 2017.
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DTCI: Calling corporate counsel! Join your defense colleagues

November 2, 2016
Kevin Tyra
While the roles of defense trial counsel (particularly “outside” counsel or panel counsel in the law firm setting) and corporate and in-house counsel are often different, we have much in common.
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IndyBar: Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Launches ‘DifferentNotLess’ Initiative

November 2, 2016
From IndyBar
The purpose of the prosecutor’s "DifferentNotLess" initiative is to advocate for the employment of individuals with autism and other disabilities.
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IndyBar: IBF Supporters Enjoy ‘An Evening Under the Stars’

November 2, 2016
From IndyBar
With more than 350 guests in attendance, the evening helped to raise over $130,000 to support the foundation’s mission of advancing justice to lead to positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service.
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IndyBar: Improving Literacy, Improving Lives

November 2, 2016
From IndyBar
Assisting the inmates in their education will help create more engaged and productive members of society, as well as give members of the Indianapolis Bar Association an opportunity to create sustainable change within their own community.
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IndyBar: Then and Now: Practitioners Look Back on 50 Years in the Profession

November 2, 2016
From IndyBar
These members are among those to be honored at the upcoming IndyBar and IBF Recognition Breakfast on Nov. 15 at the Meridian Hills Country Club.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono: A Voice for the Unheard

November 2, 2016
From IndyBar
Amanda Blystone, a family law attorney who practices with the law firm Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC, devotes a substantial amount of pro bono hours “being the voice for kids who otherwise would probably be unheard.”
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Getting down to the business of lawyering

October 19, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Evansville attorney David G. Harris is such a fan of the Lawyerist that he was the main driver behind getting the Evansville Bar Association to invite the website's founder and editor-in-chief Sam Glover to speak. The Minneapolis attorney-writer will be in the southern Indiana city Oct. 27 to make a presentation about practicing law and lead attorneys through a four-step process to secure information on their laptops.
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Moberly: Relationships Are Bridges to Civility (and Satisfaction)

October 19, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The IndyBar has many mentoring programs designed to provide helpful professional relationships for our newest members.
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IndyBar: Chief Justice Honored with Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

October 19, 2016
From IndyBar
Members of the legal community gathered to honor Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush as the 2016 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis.
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IU McKinney professor appears in lawyer assistance program video

October 10, 2016
IL Staff
An Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor has been featured in an American Bar Association video aimed at encouraging law students suffering from addiction to seek help.
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ILS gets grant to recruit more attorney volunteers

October 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
With the help of a federal grant, Indiana Legal Services will be launching a new pilot project to recruit more attorneys from private practice into providing pro bono legal assistance for low-income clients.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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