Bar Associations/Foundations

Groups seek nominations for 2011 awards

June 24, 2011
IL Staff
Several Indiana legal organizations are accepting nominations for awards given by their groups. All have July deadlines.
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Justices rule on cases using 3-step test seeking records

June 23, 2011
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court tackled the issue of requests for production of information to private third parties in two opinions Thursday – one dealing with records sought that fall under the victim-advocate privilege and the other dealing with unprotected information.
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Indiana Bar Foundation announces new board

June 23, 2011
IL Staff
New Albany attorney J. Mark Robinson has been named president-elect of the Indiana Bar Foundation, and Michael Bishop will become the new board president. The positions were named at the foundation’s June 17 meeting.
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New lawyers face tough job marketRestricted Content

June 22, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
In June, the National Association for Law Placement released key findings stating 2010 was the worst job market for law school graduates since the mid-1990s. For graduates whose employment was known, only 68.4 percent obtained jobs that required bar passage – the lowest number in that category since NALP began collecting data on law graduates in the early 1980s.
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Annual solo and small firms conference reaches out to law studentsRestricted Content

June 22, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
This year, nearly 30 students from Indiana law schools attended the Indiana State Bar Association's 10th Solo & Small Firm Conference.
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IBA: McGoff Named Chair of Nominating Committee

June 22, 2011
From IndyBar
The nomination period has begun for the 2012 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and Kevin McGoff of Bingham McHale has been appointed to chair the effort.
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IBA: Nod to professionalism

June 22, 2011
From IndyBar
Chris Scanlon has earned the reputation as an adept litigator of complex cases.
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IBA: Helping Clients Give Children a Home

June 22, 2011
From IndyBar
Staff attorney Laurie Goggins at Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Inc. writes about helping clients become guardians.
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Hebenstreit: My, it goes by so quickly!

June 22, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Michael Hebenstreit writes about Julie Armstrong's 20th anniversary with the IBA.
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IBA Frontlines

June 22, 2011
From IndyBar
Read the IBA Frontlines for June 22, 2011.
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IBA: Bench Bar 2011

June 22, 2011
See photos from the 2011 IndyBar Bench Bar Conference.
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DTCI: A refresher in insurance defense client and company reporting

June 22, 2011
Communication is vital to maintaining ethical obligation, professionalism, and civility in client representation.
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Cook Group board chair to speak at bar foundation dinner

June 17, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The Fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation will host their annual meeting and dinner July 15 in French Lick. New Fellows will be inducted, the Legendary Lawyer honoree will be announced, and Stephen L. Ferguson will address the audience.
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Bar association seeks nominations

June 15, 2011
IL Staff
The Indiana State Bar Association Latino Affairs Committee's Trailblazer/Abriendo Caminos Award will recognize for the first time the outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of a lawyer who has paved the way for the advancement of other Latino attorneys and/or the Latino community.
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Evansville attorney, JLAP advocate dies

June 13, 2011
Jennifer Nelson
An Evansville attorney and founding member of the modern Evansville Bar Association Lawyers Assistance Committee died June 9.
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Switching sides: defenders become plaintiffs' attorneysRestricted Content

June 8, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
Bloomington attorney Mike Phelps was a successful defender for insurance companies for nine years.  But a personal injury case that he won on behalf of the defendant caused him to question whether he was ready for a change.
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Local counsel rule found unconstitutional

June 8, 2011
Michael Hoskins
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Northern District of Indiana was essentially creating a built-in appeal issue on ineffective assistance of counsel, and it called out a senior judge for violating a man’s Sixth Amendment right to choose his own lawyer.
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ITLA volunteers connecting with community

June 8, 2011
Kelly Lucas
Time is money. Money makes the world go ’round. So what is so powerful that it can motivate busy lawyers to give up both? Perhaps it is the realization that with a small donation of each, they have the power to help alleviate hunger among children and families in central Indiana.
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Hands-on training for teachers

June 8, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Bar Foundation have partnered to offer teachers a way to learn more about the state’s judicial system.
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DTCI: 'Justification to file' on medical device review

June 8, 2011
From DTCI, John Twohy
A medical device which “presents a potential unreasonable risk of illness or injury” that cannot be alleviated by alternate means such as proper labeling, prohibitions against adulteration, performance standards, or post-market surveillance falls within Class III under the Medical Device Amendments to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
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IBA: Nod to professionalism; Jarrell B. Hammond

June 8, 2011
From IndyBar
Jarrell B. (“Jerry”) Hammond, a partner at Lewis & Wager, LLP epitomizes the courteousness and character that form two of the Standards of Professionalism of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA: Search Begins for the Future Bar Board Members

June 8, 2011
From IndyBar
The depth of talented leaders within the Indianapolis Bar Association is well known in bar association circles around the country.
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IBA: AIB Touted as 'Best Alternative'

June 8, 2011
From IndyBar
Whether you are a sole practitioner or the managing partner of one of Indy’s largest law firms, the IndyBar’s Attorneys for an Independent Bench (“AIB”) may be the best alternative to support judicial candidates in the 2012 elections for Marion Circuit and Superior Courts.
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IBA Frontlines, June 8, 2011

June 8, 2011
From IndyBar
Visit www.indybar.org for registration, and additional opportunities, information & services.
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Hebenstreit: IndyBar - Where Leadership and Learning Come Together

June 8, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
John F. Kennedy once said that “leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Twenty five young members of the IndyBar are living proof of that.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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