Bar Associations/Foundations

IBA: IndyBar Member Wins Election to Challenge Mayor in November

May 11, 2011
Melina Kennedy won the Democratic primary race for Indianapolis Mayor last week.
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Hebenstreit: How Could You Not be Humbled

May 11, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
I don’t know about you, but when I was in law school, I read the appellate cases and was impressed with, and in awe of, the entire legal system. It was a system whose foundation rested soundly on the Constitution, but had immense flexibility in its application.
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IBA Frontlines - 5/11/11

May 11, 2011
Bingham McHale LLP was recently honored with the WFYI Community Involvement Award, which was presented to the firm at a recent volunteer appreciation luncheon hosted by WFYI.
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Munster students finish 10th in national We the People competition

May 3, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
A group of teens from Munster High School finished 10th from a field of 52 in the national finals of We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution.
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Pinched nerve causes chief justice to miss arguments, Evansville event

May 2, 2011
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard is dealing with a painful pinched nerve in his neck but is working on managing the pain and has not been hospitalized as a result of the condition, said Supreme Court Public Information Officer Kathryn Dolan.
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Effort seeks to revive citizens' civic interest

April 27, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The message from lawyers, lawmakers, and educators is clear: Civic education is suffering, and along with it, our country. But no one seems certain how to convince people to care about civics.
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Bar Crawl - 4/27/11

April 27, 2011
IL Staff
Lake County Bar hosts Law Day; Indy Bar annual appellate meeting; ISBA offers solo conference.
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IBA: Ask a Lawyer

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Ask a Lawyer program, held Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at libraries across Marion county, provided over 440 members of the public with free face-to-face legal advice from certified attorneys who generously volunteered their time.
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IBA: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Creates Impact Fund

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has reorganized its grant making activity with the intent to provide greater impact with its dollars.
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IBA: Judges to Co-Chair Diversity Initiative

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan were recently appointed to co-chair an Indianapolis Bar Association task force to address diversity within the Indianapolis legal community.
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IBA: Bar Leader Series - A 'Must Have'

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
In a time when so many are working to set themselves apart from the masses in the profession of law, the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series is a “must have.
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Hebenstreit: Bench Bar - Let's Get Acquainted

April 27, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Hopefully, you have seen the promotional material about the Bench Bar conference coming up June 16 to 18 in French Lick. What started about 20 years ago as a noble experiment has morphed into a first class educational event.
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IBA Frontlines

April 27, 2011
Frontlines for April 27, 2011.
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DTCI: New tool in defending defective products

April 27, 2011
From DTCI
The Indiana Supreme Court recently held that a plaintiff’s fault in initially causing an accident may be considered in a crashworthiness case against the car manufacturer.
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DTCI: Pennell receives ADTA President's Award

April 27, 2011
From DTCI
Stephen R. Pennell, former president of DTCI and partner in the Lafayette firm of Stuart & Branigin, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the ADTA at the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys’ annual meeting in Hawaii.
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Federal budget cuts lead to uncertainty for state's student civic programs

April 15, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
Chuck Dunlap, executive director of the Indiana Bar Foundation, says federal budget cuts mean the IBF’s Civic Education Program will have no federal funding as of September.
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Evansville Bar Association to celebrate 100th anniversary

April 13, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The two-day celebration kicks off April 28 and will include a mock trial with area high school students.
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DTCI: Technology in the practice

April 13, 2011
From DTCI
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana's Dave DeMoss discusses the impact of technology and how it has created opportunities for attorneys.
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IBA: Take a Law Student to Lunch

April 13, 2011
From IndyBar
View photos from the "Take a Law Student to Lunch" event.
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IBA: Join the IndyBar at Komen Race for the Cure

April 13, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association has formed a team for the upcoming Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to be held on Saturday, April 16.
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IBA: Planning Ahead for Solo or Small Firm Lawyers

April 13, 2011
From IndyBar
Have you ever thought about what would happen if you were suddenly involved in an accident, or had an unexpected illness, or an untimely death? In such situations, how would your clients fare? Who would cover upcoming court dates?
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Hebenstreit: Another Reason to be Proud of Indy

April 13, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
In mid April, the IndyBar is co-hosting a great racing event.
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Wishard/Baker & Daniels Receives National Pro Bono Health Award

April 13, 2011
From IndyBar
Baker & Daniels LLP has received national recognition for its efforts working with Wishard Health Services to improve health care disparities by pooling resources provided by doctors, lawyers, social workers and educators.
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IBA: Nod to professionalism

April 13, 2011
From IndyBar
The Professionalism Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association extends a Nod to Professionalism to Assistant United States Attorney Bradley A. Blackington.
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Bar Crawl - 4/13/11

April 13, 2011
Read about an event to help Legal Aid District 11 and more happenings around Indiana bar associations.
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  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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