Bar Associations/Foundations

IBA: Magistrate/Commissioner Survey Complete

October 27, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association has delivered the results of a recent survey regarding the performance of all current Magistrates and Commissioners now serving those courts to the Marion Circuit and Superior Courts.
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IBA: 7 Attorneys to be honored as 50-Year Practitioners

October 27, 2010
From IndyBar
On November 10 the Indianapolis Bar Association will honor a group of lawyers who have served the profession for such a laudable length of time and done so with distinction.
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IBA Frontlines

October 27, 2010
From IndyBar
IBA Frontlines for Oct. 27-Nov. 9, 2010
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Hickey: The Present of the Profession

October 27, 2010
Christine Hickey
For years, people have been trying to capture what the future holds for the legal profession.
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IBA: Double-digit growth for lawyers' use of Web 2.0 technologies, among ABA findings

October 27, 2010
From IndyBar
Lawyers’ use of smart phones and social networking technologies grew by double-digit percentages last year, indicating lawyers’ increasing “24/7” connectivity to their offices and clients, according to the recently released 2010 American Bar Association Legal Technology Survey Report, an annual survey of technology use within the legal profession.
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IBA: Legal Hiring Expected to Increase in Fourth-Quarter

October 27, 2010
From IndyBar
Increased business confidence and continued legal hiring are expected in the fourth quarter of 2010.
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IBA: Distinguished Fellows Reception

October 27, 2010
From IndyBar
Photos from the Distinguished Fellows Reception.
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Reaching out to lawyers

October 13, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs conference held in Indianapolis this year considers the role of assistance programs for attorneys.
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Education conclave focuses on diversity, economyRestricted Content

October 13, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
When the Indiana State Bar Association gets law students, attorneys, professors, judges, court administrators, deans, and representatives of Indiana’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Disciplinary Commission, Board of Law Examiners, and the Indiana Bar Foundation are all in the same place for a few hours, some interesting dialogues are bound to take place.
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Bar marks milestones; celebration set

October 13, 2010
IL Staff
Updates from the Evansville Bar and Marion County Bar Associations.
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IBA: Blomquist announced as 2013 IndyBar President

October 13, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, General Counsel for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the 2013 President of the Association. Blomquist will be the organization’s 135th President.
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IBA: Inaugural Class of Senior Fellows

October 13, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation had inducted a new class of fellows, Senior Fellows. Senior Fellows of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation are Distinguished Fellows who have been nominated based upon their continued and outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the high­est principles of the legal profession.
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IBA: Gelinas and Hepler to Receive Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

October 13, 2010
From IndyBar
Julia Blackwell Gelinas, Partner of Frost Brown Todd LLC, and the late Deborah Hepler will be honored with the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award on October 20 from the Women and the Law Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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Hickey:The Many Faces of IndyBar

October 13, 2010
Christine Hickey
Earlier this year, I promised that we would introduce you to the many faces of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA Frontlines

October 13, 2010
From IndyBar
IBA Frontlines for Oct. 13-26, 2010.
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SCOTUS won't take Indiana UPL case

October 13, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The Supreme Court of the United States won’t reconsider a significant unauthorized practice of law case ruled on by the Indiana Supreme Court earlier this year.
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DTCI: Insurance policies' notice provision

October 13, 2010
From DTCI
A number of recent Indiana cases have addressed the provision found in nearly all insurance policies that requires an insured to provide its insurer with prompt notice of a claim.
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DTCI Kudos

October 13, 2010
From DTCI
Lloyd H. Milliken, Jr., (past president) and Randall R. Riggs, partners in Frost Brown Todd, who were recognized in the September/October 2010 Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel Edition.

John C. Trimble (past president), partner in Lewis Wagner, who has been appointed chair of the Public Policy Committee of DRI.

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ISBA panel still studying ALJ issues

October 13, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Gov. Mitch Daniels fired the state’s top utility regulator recently, citing ethical concerns about how a now-former administrative law judge presided over cases involving a regulated energy company leading up to his taking a job there.
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Juvenile reform continues after '09 summit

September 29, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
No follow-through. That was a complaint voiced by attendees of last year’s summit to discuss juvenile justice matters in Indiana about many similar conferences they’d attended before: there was no follow-through.
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ISBA Business Law Section helps nonprofits

September 29, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
While many attorneys may want to do pro bono work, not all of them are comfortable taking on what could end up being a lengthy and possibly complicated family law case, which is the majority of cases the pro bono districts around the state tend to handle.
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Red Masses mark start of legal term

September 29, 2010
The tradition of the Red Mass, which commemorates the beginning of the legal term each fall and blesses members of the legal community, continues in Indiana. Typically the Red Mass takes place in a Catholic church but is open to people of all faiths.
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IBA: $136,000 Put to Work by Bar Foundation

September 29, 2010
From IndyBar
So far in 2010, the IBF awarded over $136,000 in grant support for IBA initiatives and to agencies with projects consistent with the IBF mission of advancing the administration of justice and understanding of law through philanthropy, education and service.
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IBA: Recent Cases Highlight Greater Protection Afforded by Indiana Constitution

September 29, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indiana Constitution often affords criminal defendants greater protections than the U.S Constitution.
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Hickey: Sweet Tweet

September 29, 2010
Christine Hickey
Technology and social media, it’s all the buzz in Bar circles.
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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.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  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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