Bar Associations/Foundations

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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DTCI: Mediation for defense lawyers

April 23, 2014
From DTCI
Patrick Reilly writes to help defense lawyers develop strategies to achieving the best possible results in selecting, conducting and winning mediations.
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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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