Bar Associations/Foundations

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
Read news from around the 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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IndyBar Frontlines - 1/14/15

January 14, 2015
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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Abrams: Resolutions for the New Year from the IndyBar

January 14, 2015
Jeffrey Abrams
While I am effectively a lame duck president writing this article and while my successor, John Trimble, effectively began his term at 12:01 AM on Jan. 1st, he is not sworn in until Jan. 29, 2015, and thus I have the role of continuing to write two more articles for your reading pleasure.
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Annual ‘Talk to a Lawyer’ program will offer free legal assistance

January 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorneys across Indiana will be volunteering their services to help low-income individuals as part of the Indiana State Bar Association’s 2015 statewide “Talk to a Lawyer Today” program.
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Artwork honoring Shepard has 'stalled'

December 31, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
A plan by the inaugural class of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy to honor retired Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard has unraveled, and class members are preparing to consider several options for moving forward, including scrapping the project altogether.
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IndyBar: Blomquist Honored with Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

December 31, 2014
From IndyBar
Each year, the IndyBar Women and the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award to recognize the accomplishments of a female attorney in central Indiana. The award is named in honor of Antoinette Dakin Leach, one of the first women admitted to the Indiana Bar.
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IndyBar: Criminal Justice Section Honors Colleagues at Holiday Party

December 31, 2014
From IndyBar
Members of the IndyBar Criminal Justice Section took time to recognize the contributions and achievements of several of their colleagues at the section’s holiday party, held Thursday, Dec. 18 at J. Edgar Law Offices.
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Abrams: For the in-house attorneys

December 31, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
I recently led a panel discussion among three in-house attorneys, J. Scott Enright with Emmis Communications, Ann Dee with Duke Realty and Chad Pryor with HighPoint Global. The panel was convened in coordination with a corporate counsel survey conducted by the Indiana Lawyer and co-sponsored by Benesch.
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IndyBar: Getting Along Is Not Wrong: Ask Yourself the Question

December 31, 2014
From IndyBar
Holly Wanzer shares some of the best advice she's received regarding civility.
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Online database shows convictions bring consequences beyond incarceration

December 17, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Bar Association has completed work on a national database that identifies the legal restrictions and prohibitions that individuals convicted of a crime face in addition to the sentence imposed by the court.
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Indianapolis Bar Association Remains Optimistic About Justice Center Complex

December 17, 2014
From IndyBar
The following statement was released by the IndyBar following the announcement of the selection of a preferred bidder for the proposed criminal justice complex by Mayor Greg Ballard on Friday, Dec. 12.
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IndyBar Members Show the Spirit of Giving Year-Round

December 17, 2014
From IndyBar
Be it spring, summer, fall or winter, IndyBar members have been hands-on from the start this year.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 12/17/14

December 17, 2014
From IndyBar
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Abrams: A Loss for Civility

December 17, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
Last month, Zeff Weiss, a friend of mine, a friend to his partners, a friend to the Real Estate and Land Use Section, a friend to many, and a father of four and husband of a fellow attorney passed away from a short battle with cancer.
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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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