Bar Associations/Foundations

IBA: New Leaders Take the Reins

January 19, 2011
From IndyBar
Already the 2011 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation are at work.
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IBA: It's Dues Renewal Time

January 19, 2011
From IndyBar
It's time to renew.
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Talk to a Lawyer Today includes 3 dozen sites

January 17, 2011
Rebecca Berfanger
While many attorneys get a day off of work today because courts, government offices, banks, and many businesses are closed to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., more than 200 lawyers have volunteered to spend two hours answering legal questions from the public as part of the Indiana State Bar Association’s 10th annual Talk to a Lawyer Today event.
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Longtime Indy attorney dies

January 12, 2011
IL Staff
Merrill Moores, who loved the law and mentoring young attorneys, died Jan. 5. Moores is the father of a Marion County juvenile judge and an Indianapolis attorney.
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Maurer dean chosen president-elect of national law school association

January 11, 2011
IL Staff
Indiana University Maurer School of Law Dean Lauren K. Robel was elected president-elect of the American Association of Law Schools at the annual meeting of its House of Representatives Jan. 7.
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Talk to a Lawyer Today event seeks volunteers

January 6, 2011
Rebecca Berfanger
The annual Talk to a Lawyer Today event will take place on Jan. 17 at locations around the state. While the free CLE opportunities took place in late 2010, volunteers who want to participate may do so if they didn’t attend the CLE.
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Talk to a Lawyer needs volunteers, EBA moves

January 5, 2011
Rebecca Berfanger
The Talk to a Lawyer even on Jan. 17 still needs volunteers; the Evansville Bar Association recently moved and is promoting a tribute for an attorney who died in November 2010.
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IBA: Wentworth Named Indiana Tax Court Judge

January 5, 2011
From IndyBar
Governor Mitch Daniels has selected Indianapolis Bar Association member Martha B. Wentworth as the next Indiana Tax Court judge. Wentworth replaces Judge Thomas G. Fisher, who retired from the court on January 1.
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IBA: Classic Techniques for Controlling Challenging Witnesses

January 5, 2011
From IndyBar
From the onset, let the witness know that you know the case, and you know the facts, better than he does.
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IBA: Foundation Closes Year by Presenting Scholarships

January 5, 2011
From IndyBar
Each year, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation presents scholarships to deserving law students, fulfilling its mission to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis.
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Hickey: Be One. Have Fun. Thank You.

January 5, 2011
Christine Hickey
A year ago, I began my IndyBar presidency with three simple messages: Be One. Have Fun. Thank You.
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IBA: Court employee honored

January 5, 2011
From IndyBar
Chief Justice Shepard presented the Distinguished Hoosier Award on behalf of Governor Mitch Daniels to Judy Glaze, a thirty-plus year court employee in Criminal Court 4 and Civil Court 13.
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IBA Pro Bono Volunteers

January 5, 2011
From IndyBar
2010 Hall of Fame
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IBA Frontlines

January 5, 2011
Frontlines for Jan.5-18, 2011.
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DTCI: Meet your 2011 Board of Directors

January 5, 2011
From DTCI
At the November annual meeting of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the following officers and directors were elected. They assumed office on Jan. 1, 2011.
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Indiana pro bono districts take a hit

December 22, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
While low interest rates can be a good thing for those looking to take out loans to buy a home, a car, or to refinance, they mean nothing but headaches and heartaches for organizations that depend on the dollars generated, such as legal aid organizations that rely on funds from Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts.
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Clark County self-help center helps pro se litigants

December 22, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
When pro se litigants find themselves in a courthouse for the first time, there’s a good chance they aren’t quite sure what to do. In the Clark County courthouse in Jeffersonville, just across the river from Louisville, a self-help center for pro se litigants in civil cases has been operational since late May.
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DTCI to promote civility, opposing 'anti-lawyer' sentiments

December 22, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Terre Haute attorney Scott M. Kyrouac wants to advance civility between plaintiffs and defense lawyers, and plans to advocate against “anti-lawyer legislation” that may be lodged against the legal community.
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DTCI amicus makes impact in 2010

December 22, 2010
From DTCI
Although 2010 did not have the fireworks of the 2009 medical write-off cases, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana has participated as amicus in several significant legal issues affecting the defense bar.
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IBA: Voyles to be Honored with Buchanan Award

December 22, 2010
From IndyBar
A blue ribbon selection committee acting on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation has announced the selection of James H. Voyles Jr. of Voyles Zahn Paul Hogan & Merriman as a recipient of the IndyBar’s prestigious Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence.
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IBA: Interrogations - Indiana to Provide More Safeguards; SCOTUS Takes Some Away

December 22, 2010
From IndyBar
The effective date of Rule 617 of the Indiana Rules of Evidence is only a couple of weeks away.
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IBA: Happy Holidays

December 22, 2010
From IndyBar
Photos from the IndyBar's annual holiday party.
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IBA: Include The IBF In Your Year-End Giving

December 22, 2010
From IndyBar
Happy Holidays! Hopefully, this is the time of year that each of us can catch our breath and focus on how fortunate we are to be able to participate in this profession.
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Hickey: 5,000 Wishes

December 22, 2010
Christine Hickey
This year began with a wish: that the Indianapolis Bar Association would flourish and that our community of remarkable people, wonderful lawyers and great friends would grow even stronger.
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IBA: It's Safe to Ask for Help

December 22, 2010
From IndyBar
Whether you are a sole practitioner or an attorney in a 200 attorney law firm, you have probably had a question at some point in your career that you struggled to answer – or perhaps you simply wanted a second opinion.
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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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