Bar Associations/Foundations

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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ISBA House of Delegates rejects proposal for non-lawyer ownership of law firms

October 5, 2016
Olivia Covington
After a 30-minute discussion about the potential ramifications of a recommendation to allow non-lawyers to hold equity investments in law firms, the Indiana State Bar Association House of Delegates overwhelming voted against the recommendation at its meeting Sept. 30.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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