Bar Associations/Foundations

Rising cost of legal education sparked creation of ABA task force

February 25, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
At public law schools, the average tuition and fees across the country for in-state residents skyrocketed 123 percent between 2003 and 2013. Private law schools were marginally better, logging an increase of 64 percent, according to a 2014 analysis by Robert Kuehn, professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
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DTCI: Still learning after all these years in practice

February 25, 2015
From DTCI
The practice of law is still exciting and challenging for me, even as I approach my 34th year of practice.
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IBA Frontlines - 2/25/15

February 25, 2015
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Measure to Alter Selection of Judges Fails in Committee

February 25, 2015
From IndyBar
On Wednesday, Feb. 18, Indianapolis Bar Association President John C. Trimble spoke before the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 15, a bill which would have altered the selection process for appellate and Supreme Court judges. The IndyBar is pleased to report the measure failed in committee by a 4-6 vote. 
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Trimble: It’s Still The Right Thing To Do...Try It!

February 25, 2015
John Trimble
In 1979, when I joined the Indianapolis Bar Association as a law student, my mentor, Robert F. Wagner, told me that it was my duty as a lawyer to join the bar.
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IndyBar: Five Ways to Strengthen Your iPad’s Security

February 25, 2015
From IndyBar
Tablets have taken the legal world by storm. The question of whether a tablet can replace a lawyer’s PC is dependent upon the type of tablet involved, the technical proficiency of the attorney, the nature of their legal practice, and the back-office support available to them.
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IndyBar: Give your career a lift with The Bar Boost Series

February 25, 2015
From IndyBar
There are many things law school can teach you. For everything else, there’s The Bar Boost Series.
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Lawyers to lead annual March Against Hunger

February 17, 2015
IL Staff
The Indiana State Bar Association and the office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will join with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry on Wednesday to kick off a monthlong effort to raise money and nonperishable donations for the state’s regional food banks.
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Homeless Project enables attorneys to offer advice and guidance to shelter residents

February 11, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Residents in homeless shelters in Indianapolis are receiving legal advice and guidance through the Homeless Shelter Project. The program, now administered by the Indianapolis Bar Association, sends pairs of attorneys to a handful of shelters around the city every three weeks to meet with residents needing help.
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DTCI: The outlook for telemedicine

February 11, 2015
From DTCI
Wave of the future or malpractice nightmare?
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IndyBar: Installation of Boards, Presidents of Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Celebrated at Luncheon

February 11, 2015
From IndyBar
The 2015 Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Boards of Directors were installed at the Installation Luncheon at the Hyatt Indianapolis on Jan. 29.
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IndyBar: TRAC Zooms Back to Indy: Registration Now Open!

February 11, 2015
From IndyBar
The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), an annual motorsports legal conference planned and presented by the Indianapolis Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law Section, returns to Indianapolis on April 14 and 15, 2015.
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Trimble: #WILLYOUBETHERE?

February 11, 2015
John Trimble
As I have worked my way through the chairs of the IndyBar to become the 2015 president, I have had the good fortune to meet other bar leaders at American Bar Association meetings. I have learned time and again that bar leaders around the country view the IndyBar as the “Gold Standard” of metropolitan bar associations.
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DTCI: Remembering my time with popcorn and lost traditions

January 28, 2015
Jason Massaro
What will your kids remember about their childhood – high scores on "Call of Duty" or "iFunny"; or you and time with popcorn?
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IndyBar: National Purchasing Partners: Big Savings, Bigger Impact

January 28, 2015
From IndyBar
IndyBar members now have the benefit of discounts on travel, office supplies, cellular devices and plans and much more through a new agreement with National Purchasing Partners (NPP), a group purchasing organization (GPO) created to leverage the purchasing power of a group of businesses to obtain discounts from world class vendors.
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IndyBar: Blomquist Honored at Antoinette Dakin Leach Celebration Luncheon

January 28, 2015
From IndyBar
Members of the legal community flocked to the Skyline Club on Thursday, Jan. 15 to recognize Blomquist as the 2014 recipient at the Antoinette Dakin Leach Celebration Luncheon.
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Abrams: Reminiscing

January 28, 2015
Jeffrey Abrams
2014 was an unbelievably good year. Lots of achievements by the IndyBar worthy of cheer.
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IndyBar: Avoiding ‘Time Outs’ Through Lessons in Civility

January 28, 2015
From IndyBar
Melanie Reichert writes about the three attorneys who led by example for her.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 1/28/15

January 28, 2015
From IndyBar
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Mock trial volunteers needed

January 26, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana attorneys are being offered the opportunity to show off their judicial skills. The Indiana Bar Foundation is seeking lawyers to volunteer as judges during the 2015 Indiana High School Mock Trial Competition.
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Regional mock trial and moot court competitions need volunteer judges

January 16, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for the moot court and mock trial competitions to be held as part of the Midwest Black Law Students Association’s conference next month in Indianapolis.
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Innovative networking tool connects lawyers across practices

January 14, 2015
Holly Wheeler
Some are good at networking, others not so good. With the development of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Indy Attorneys Network Section, lawyers old and new, those skilled at networking and those not as adept, have found there are always opportunities to meet and connect with colleagues and that doing so builds camaraderie and strengthens the local legal community.
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Meet the 2015 DTCI board of directors

January 14, 2015
From DTCI
At the November annual meeting of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the following officers and directors were elected. They assumed office Jan. 1, 2015.
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IndyBar: Save Time and Simplify Your Practice with IndyBar Resources and Member Benefits

January 14, 2015
From IndyBar
It’s resolution time. Whether you’ve resolved to become more efficient, to save money or to become a more effective in your practice, the IndyBar has a member benefit or resource available to help you along the path to resolution success.
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IndyBar: Attorneys Needed for Naturalization Ceremonies

January 14, 2015
From IndyBar
Twice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse welcomes newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony – and you can be a part of it during 2015.
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  1. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  2. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  3. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  4. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  5. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

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