Bar Associations/Foundations

Lawyers question enforcement of advertising rules

May 21, 2014
Dave Stafford
One of Indiana’s most familiar legal names – a frequent flier on buses, billboards and TV commercials – says enforcement of disciplinary rules governing attorney advertising is a mess and needs an overhaul. The Indiana State Bar Association is considering preapproving ads.
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Establishing Miller Trusts

May 21, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorneys offer their pro bono services to help nursing home residents keep their Medicaid benefits.
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DTCI: Public works statute tested

May 21, 2014
From DTCI
Publicly funded construction projects in Indiana have long been governed by statutes that set forth the procedures by which certain public entities must select the contractors performing the work.
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DTCI Women in the Law launch and lunch

May 21, 2014
From DTCI
On April 17, 2014, more than 60 female defense attorneys attended the kick-off luncheon for DTCI’s newest committee: Women in the Law.
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IndyBar: Young Lawyers Make Their Mark in Fountain Square

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
The YLD played a significant role in this year’s cleanup, donating $500 toward supplies used in painting a 4,500 square-foot mural in the Fountain Square neighborhood.
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IndyBar: Belfast, 1972, The Troubles and the Confrontation Clause

May 21, 2014
James Bell
James Bell writes, "After stops in Ontario, Baltimore and Pennsylvania, I was raised in Alabama and later moved to Indiana where I became a United States citizen. Had I grown up in Northern Ireland, things may have been different for me."
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Around the IndyBar

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
Attorneys, judges and students gathered for the bar’s annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” event Thursday, May 15 at the Hilton Indianapolis.
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IndyBar Frontlines

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Apply Now for Bar Leader Series Class XII

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
Ready to become a leader in your profession and your community? Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Bar Leader Series, the IndyBar’s leadership development program for young attorneys.
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IndyBar: The IBF is in full swing for spring

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
The IBF recently awarded three academic scholarships to assist students during their law school career.
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Indiana Tech begins ABA accreditation proccess

May 7, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School sent a letter in March notifying the ABA of its intent to seek accreditation and will submit a self-study in August which will explain what the school is about, where it wants to go and what challenges it faces. If the school does well it could have provisional approval by the end of the spring 2015 semester.
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ABA warns against 'liking' potential jurors

May 7, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Lawyers and judges say the opinion on the use of social media is needed.
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DTCI: Invest in yourself to build practice and reputation

May 7, 2014
From DTCI
We have all noticed that there are a lot of lawyers. On top of that, there are a lot of lawyers with less work than they would like. Lawyering is a business and is controlled by traditional rules of commerce: supply, demand, pricing, quality, branding. Lawyers are the product. They are the brand.
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IndyBar: TRAC 2014: Networking, Education and … Moonshine?

May 7, 2014
From IndyBar

TRAC was founded to facilitate networking and learning among attorneys whose practices touch some form of motorsport, with particular emphasis on uniting the open-wheel and stock car legal communities.

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IndyBar: Interrogatories with John Trimble

May 7, 2014
From IndyBar
A candid Q&A with the bench and bar.
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IndyBar: Teams Duke it Out at IBF Trivia

May 7, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation hosted its first Trivia Night of the year Thursday, May 1.
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IndyBar: Shortridge Students Witness Final Path to Citizenship

May 7, 2014
From IndyBar
he journey to citizenship was experienced first-hand by students at the Shortridge Magnet School for Law and Public Policy as the school, the IndyBar Public Outreach Committee and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana collaborated to host a naturalization ceremony on-site at the school Thursday, May 1.
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ABA committee formed to study law school cost and debt

May 6, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Former Mayor of Detroit Dennis Archer has been appointed to lead a special task force to examine the cost of legal education and the spiraling loan debt of students.
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Fishers High School captures 4th place in national civics competition

April 29, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The Fishers High School team finished fourth in the We the People national competition, continuing Indiana’s streak of having teams place in the Top 10 among the groups representing all 50 states.
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IndyBar: IBF Scholarship Recipients: Where Are They Now?

April 23, 2014
From IndyBar
While many are aware of the good the Indianapolis Bar Foundation does for the Indianapolis legal community, some might not be aware that the IBF has been responsible for awarding more than 75 scholarships to law students since 1983. These scholarships help alleviate the high cost of law school and provide students more affordable access to post-graduate education.
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IndyBar: Matthew Maples Selected as IndyBar Law Student of the Year

April 23, 2014
From IndyBar
The importance of pro bono service is a theme that is routinely emphasized to practicing attorneys. For one law student, no encouragement will be necessary. The Indianapolis Bar Association’s 2014 Law Student of the Year, Matthew Maples of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, has completed close to 2,000 hours of pro bono service during his law school career.
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Abrams: A New Justice Center ? ! ? !

April 23, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
he offices of the Indianapolis Bar Association first learned of the city’s interest in pursuing a Justice Center several months ago when they expressed interest in learning more about our task force work over the last 10 years.
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IndyBar: More than 700 Helped at Ask a Lawyer

April 23, 2014
From IndyBar
Tuesday, April 8 was a record-breaking day as 705 Hoosiers were provided with free legal advice through the IndyBar’s Ask a Lawyer event.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 4/23/14

April 23, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: A Proposal to Allow Citations of All Indiana Appellate Opinions

April 23, 2014
From IndyBar
The Rules Committee of the Indiana Supreme Court has proposed changing the rules to allow citation of memorandum (non-for-publication) decisions as persuasive precedent.
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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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