Bar Associations/Foundations

Indianapolis Bar Association forms PACRestricted Content

September 1, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The Indianapolis Bar Association may be the first statewide or nationally to create a plan aimed at combating judicial campaign-contribution concerns on the heels of a landmark court ruling last year.
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Lawyers tee off for annual event

September 1, 2010
IL Staff
The Hamilton County Bar Association hosted its annual Judges and Lawyers Golf Outing Aug. 25 at Fox Prairie Golf Course in Noblesville. Players of all skill levels participated in the 18-hole scramble-format tournament and enjoyed dinner, camaraderie, and prizes after golf.
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IBA: Court to Conduct Magistrate, Commissioner Evaluation

September 1, 2010
From IndyBar
The Marion Circuit and Superior Courts have announced they will be conducting a performance evaluation of all current Magistrates and Commissioners now serving those courts.
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IBA: Law Students Services Offered

September 1, 2010
From IndyBar
As another school year begins, the halls of IU Law School-Indianapolis are once again filled with anxious and overwhelmed first year students. Right away the IBA Student Division offers practical programming, networking, and fun events to help students acclimate to their new setting.
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Hickey: The Power of iNspiration

September 1, 2010
Christine Hickey
Sometimes, you get so busy that the weather out your window is as foreign as a fat-free Big Mac. Sometimes, you just need to stop and be inspired.
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IBA: Indiana Court Official to Lead National Court Organizations

September 1, 2010
From IndyBar
Lilia G. Judson, executive director of the Indiana Supreme Court Division of State Court Administration, has been elected vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
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IBA: Free CLE for Pro Bono Volunteers

September 1, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indybar’s Pro Bono Standing Committee is pleased to announce that the Julian Center, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic ad Heartland Pro Bono are teaming up to present three CLE’s this fall.
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IBA Frontlines

September 1, 2010
From IndyBar
Information for Sept. 1-14, 2010.
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Baker & Daniels hosts pro bono mediations

August 18, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
As a way to help judges and parties in paternity court in Marion County, an Indianapolis law firm recently offered conference rooms and support staff for a day of pro bono mediation in its offices, something firm members say they hope other law firms will consider if they have the available space.
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Legal community helps prosecutor

August 18, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Following a car accident in early June, a St. Joseph County deputy prosecutor’s life was dramatically changed.
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DTCI: Find your technological balance

August 18, 2010
Bryce Bennett
Bryce Bennett Jr. feels compelled to reminisce and record some of the law office history and evolution that he has witnessed during his career and to note the blinding speed with which technology has overtaken our professional lives.
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DTCI: Attention & Kudos

August 18, 2010
From DTCI
DTCI is seeking ideas and authors for articles for Volume 7, No. 2 of the Indiana Civil Litigation Review.
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Why join DTCI

August 18, 2010
From DTCI
Call the DTCI offices and let the DTCI help you become a more effective defense attorney!
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IBA: Criminal Jury Questionnaire Under Review

August 18, 2010
From IndyBar
Those practicing in the Marion County Criminal Courts have long sought revision to the jury questionnaire to improve the effectiveness of juror selection and to improve the efficiency of the process. A movement is now underway to undertake those needed revisions.
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IBA: Changes in Marion Superior Court Assignments

August 18, 2010
From IndyBar
Changes in Marion Superior Court Bench Assignments Judge Barbara Crawford recently began service as the newest judge on the Marion Superior Court.
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Hickey: Where There's a Will There's a... Thank You

August 18, 2010
Christine Hickey
Pro Bono: for the public good. As lawyers, we know this as legal work undertaken free of charge.
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IBA: Surviving in the Legal Practice

August 18, 2010
From IndyBar
Competition for solo practitioners and law firm associates is only getting tougher each month as more lawyers lose their jobs.
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IBA: Bar Leaders Sought for Board Service

August 18, 2010
From IndyBar
It’s already that time of year, when attention turns to nominating the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors slate.
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IBA Frontlines

August 18, 2010
From IndyBar
Frontlines for Aug. 18-31, 2010
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IBF provides classes for educational programs

August 4, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
An annual highlight for participants, mentors, and organizers, the summer institutes for Project Citizen and We The People have once again actively prepared teachers to present civics lessons so students can understand and become responsible citizens.
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Nominations sought for awards

August 4, 2010
IL Staff
The Indiana State Bar Association is seeking nominations for several awards.
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IBA Frontlines

August 4, 2010
From IndyBar
IBA Frontlines for Aug. 4-17, 2010.
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IBA: Saving Time and Sanity

August 4, 2010
From IndyBar
Time spent on the phone with a prospective client is time well spent when that prospective client becomes a paying one.
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IBA: Did You Know?

August 4, 2010
From IndyBar
At this week’s American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the Indianapolis Bar Association will be well-represented as several bar members and staff will be participating in leadership positions.
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IBA: Lawyer Telecommuting on the Rise

August 4, 2010
From IndyBar
The days of being chained to a desk truly are ending for most lawyers.
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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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