Bar Associations/Foundations

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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IBA: Bar Foundation Seeks Leaders

August 4, 2010
From IndyBar
Your Indianapolis Bar Foundation is seeking energetic leaders interested in helping to guide this dynamic fundraising board in 2011.
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IBA: Zoning Cases Moved with Judge Keele

August 4, 2010
From IndyBar
Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele recently moved from civil court 12 to civil court 7 prompting a discussion about assignment of zoning and substantive civil environmental cases.
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Hickey: Napoleon Who?

August 4, 2010
Christine Hickey
From what started as a 30-member group in 1878 to what is now a growing association with nearly 5,000 members, the IBA has come a long way since well before we became members.
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IBA: Climate Changing the Billable Hour

August 4, 2010
From IndyBar
A survey recently released by law firm management consulting company Altman Weil reports a clear consensus emerging among US law firms on changes in the profession.
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IBA: Mediation Day

August 4, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s ADR Section and the Bar’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono jointly hosted their first annual Mediation Day on August 3, 2010 at Baker & Daniels downtown Indianapolis office. 
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IBA: Providing Services to the Deaf

August 4, 2010
From IndyBar
Twenty years ago the United States took a giant leap forward in providing access for all persons regardless of ability with passage of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Nominations sought for numerous awards

July 23, 2010
IL Staff
If you know of a lawyer or judge who demonstrates dedication and professionalism above and beyond most, there are several awards for which they may be considered. Deadlines are quickly approaching.
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Attorneys assist young entrepreneurs

July 21, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
When an attorney in a bar association’s program for young lawyers learned that a program that helps at-risk youth to start and maintain their own businesses was in transition and needed a little help, he suggested his group step in.
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SJCBA welcomes new members

July 21, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
The St. Joseph County Bar Association hosted its annual “An Evening at the Cove” June 30 for new members of the SJCBA at Coveleski Regional Stadium, home of the South Bend Silver Hawks baseball team.
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DTCI: Worker's comp liens in third-party suits

July 21, 2010
From DTCI
On May 27, 2010, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a decision that has affected the manner in which worker’s compensation liens are handled in third-party litigation.
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DTCI: Awards nominations invited

July 21, 2010
From DTCI
The DTCI’s Awards Committee is now receiving nominations for the 2010 awards.
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DTCI: Kudos

July 21, 2010
From DTCI
Patricia Polis McCrory was chosen the president-elect to the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis.
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DTCI: Results from June golf tourney

July 21, 2010
From DTCI
Congratulations to the top two teams from the DTCI-Phenix Investigations annual golf outing.
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Kimbrough Bar serves NW Indiana

June 23, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Shelice R. Tolbert, a partner at the Crown Point office of Kopka Pinkus Dolin & Eads, was sworn in as president of the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association by a longtime bar association supporter and member, Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert D. Rucker, who has personal and professional ties to northwest Indiana.
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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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