Bar Associations/Foundations

Blomquist: Lawyers Confront Human Trafficking

March 27, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
A series of resolutions passed by the ABA’s House of Delegates at the February Midyear meeting encourages the creation of policies to protect victims. One of those resolutions urges bar associations to develop more training programs to help identify trafficking victims.
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IBA: Interrogatories

March 27, 2013
She is a graduate of Indiana University and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. She has served as a Deputy Public Defender at the Indiana State Public Defender’s Office, the Principal Clerk of the Indiana House of Representatives, and a Donor Relations Officer at Indiana Landmarks. She is Lee Smith, and she has been served with interrogatories.
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IndyBar Hosts Bar Leader Series Alumni Event

March 27, 2013
From IndyBar
The IndyBar welcomed Ron Gifford of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Central Indiana Transit Task Force to present the latest business developments, legislative updates and the financial implications of bringing mass transit to Indianapolis at the first Bar Leader Series Alumni Program on Thursday, March 14.
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DTCI: The Examination Under Oath

March 27, 2013
What It Is . . . and What It’s Not.
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Wabash College sophomore will design art project honoring Shepard

March 15, 2013
IL Staff
A child’s handprint designed by Wabash College sophomore John Vosel has been chosen as the monument to honor former Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard in a new Evansville park.
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Bar Crawl - 3/13/13

March 13, 2013
IL Staff
Read news from the Evansville Bar Foundation, Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana State Bar Association.
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DTCI: Early mentors influenced me as an attorney

March 13, 2013
From DTCI
How did I turn out like this? After practicing law for 32 years, I decided it was time to look back and examine the reasons that I behave certain ways.
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IBA: Coaching To Help Meet Professional Goals

March 13, 2013
From IndyBar
You’re an expert in the legal arena. You live and breathe assisting individuals in this litigious society … or so you thought. It doesn’t take long in your field to realize all those various law classes back in law school failed to cover the basics of managing a successful practice.
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IBA: Racing Attorney Conference Returns to Indy in April

March 13, 2013
From IndyBar
Indianapolis prides itself as the “racing capital of the world.” But even as numerous industries in Indiana have benefited enormously from motorsports, for many years the benefit to the legal community of Indiana was less certain.
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Blomquist: Funding our Guarantors of Democracy

March 13, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist

Although it’s a challenge to separate the reality from the hype when discussing impact of sequestration on our court system, it is a necessary dialogue, and numbers and potential impact must be shared.

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IBA Frontlines - 3/13/13

March 13, 2013
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IBA: Do You Know the 5 Rules of Civility?

March 13, 2013
From IndyBar
How do you want to be remembered when you retire from the practice of law? Or, if you have already retired, how do you hope your former colleagues speak of you now?
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IBA: Register today for upcoming Member Gatherings!

March 13, 2013
From IndyBar
Escape from your office to enjoy an hour with your colleagues and these engaging programs and speakers at this year’s lineup of IndyBar member gatherings. Save the dates and register today!
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After the storm passes, legal questions swirl

February 27, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorneys volunteer to provide advice and comfort to affected residents after natural disasters.
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IBA: Interrogatories

February 27, 2013
Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar
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Blomquist: Meaningful, Relevant and Fun, Oh My!

February 27, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
When time, technology and specialization challenge us to stay engaged, how do we as a bar association stay meaningful, relevant and fun?
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IBA Frontlines -2/27/13

February 27, 2013
From IndyBar
News from the IndyBar!
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DTCI: Reflections of a rookie trial lawyer

February 27, 2013
From DTCI
The anti-curmudgeon's guide to practicing law.
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IBA: Around the Bar

February 27, 2013
From IndyBar
See photos from the IndyBar's recent events.
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DTCI: New Medicare reimbursement and reporting law

February 27, 2013
From DTCI
On January 10, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2012 (“SMART Act”). When finally implemented, the SMART Act should streamline settlement negotiations and provide more certainty to settlements involving Medicare beneficiaries.
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DTCI: Mediation confidentiality

February 27, 2013
Scott Kyrouac
The Indiana Supreme Court in Dennis Jack Horner v. Marcia (Horner) Carter, 34S02-1210-DR-582, corrected the Indiana Court of Appeals opinion that the confidentiality of mediation can be broken.
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DTCI: Beware of overly broad media policies

February 27, 2013
From DTCI
The National Labor Relations Board continues to be very active in evaluating employee handbook provisions that may affect the rights of union and nonunion employees to engage in protected, concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.
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7th Circuit Bar seeks Indiana attorneys to honor

February 18, 2013
IL Staff
Each year, the 7th Circuit Bar Association honors members of the legal profession for their pro bono and public service work who are from the host state of the association’s annual meeting. Indiana is hosting the meeting May 5-7 in Indianapolis.
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DTCI: Premises liability for the criminal acts of others

February 13, 2013
From DTCI
Indiana premises liability jurisprudence may be changing. If it does, being a business owner in Indiana will be increasingly risky. Not a risk premised on how good the business person may be, but premised on whether a crime will occur at the business and harm a customer, visitor or guest.
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IBA: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Grant Supports Expansion Of In-School Teen Court

February 13, 2013
From IndyBar
As the recipient of the 2012 Impact Fund grant of $35,000 from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Reach for Youth expanded its successful Teen Court program to include an in-school Teen Court project aimed at halting disruptive behavior before it escalates to criminal activity requiring expulsion. Decatur Middle School, Warren Central High School, and Stony Brook Middle School were among the first participants.
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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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