Bar Associations/Foundations

Chinn: One of the Best Ways to Celebrate America's Birthday

July 18, 2012
Scott Chinn
There’s a lot I enjoy about being involved in the IndyBar. I must confess, though, that about the best thing I have been able to do a several times over the past few years is represent the IndyBar at naturalization ceremonies conducted by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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IBA Frontlines - 7/20/12

July 18, 2012
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar for July 20, 2012.
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DTCI: Note from the defense - Stop the 'unnecessary roughness'

July 4, 2012
From DTCI
While I am sure this writing could be deemed just another one that promotes civility, and while I am sure that there is a long list of ethical rules that promote that, too, I cite none here. I simply say this: Stop the (to use a football phrase) “unnecessary roughness.” I am hereby throwing a “flag on the play.”
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IBA: Simplify Your Practice with Forms and Resources

July 4, 2012
From IndyBar
The sharing of information and resources is one of the greatest benefits of an association. During the course of its more than 125 year history, the Indianapolis Bar Association has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk, or in hard copy.
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IBA: Online Protective Orders

July 4, 2012
From IndyBar
In the past, victims of domestic violence might find themselves standing in line at the clerk’s office waiting to file a petition, and in the midst of all the other public business happening there, would then have to explain intimate details about the situation to get the petition completed. This changed when Indiana launched its online system to petition for protection orders.
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IBA: Did You Know

July 4, 2012
From IndyBar
IndyBar participates in each Naturalization Ceremony held by the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis? Volunteer to represent the bar and your country by contacting Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.
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IBA: Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Nominations Sought

July 4, 2012
From IndyBar
The Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, is presented by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Women & the Law Division in honor of Antoinette Dakin Leach, one of the first women admitted to the Indiana Bar.
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IBA Frontlines

July 4, 2012
News from around the bar from July 6, 2012.
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IBA: Magnus-Stinson Named Chair of Nominating Committee

June 20, 2012
From IndyBar
The nomination period has begun for the 2013 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Honorable Jane Magnus-Stinson of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has been appointed to chair the effort.
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IBA: Altice, McMath Finalists for Court of Appeals

June 20, 2012
From IndyBar
Indianapolis Bar Association members the Hon. Robert R. Altice, Jr. of Marion Criminal Division 2 and attorney Patricia Caress McMath, were named by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission as finalists for the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Indiana.
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IBA: Lawyers Assistance Available

June 20, 2012
From IndyBar
Attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist during the Fall 2012 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 9.
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Chinn: Can of Worms Opened

June 20, 2012
Scott Chinn
This column is usually void of legal analysis. (Pause for various jokes told to yourself.) But in this edition, I want to highlight a recent legal opinion that bears upon an initiative of the IndyBar. I will raise more questions than I answer, and this likely won’t be the last time we will talk about the matter.
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IndyBar BenchBar Conference 2012

June 20, 2012
The 19th Annual Gathering of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bench and Bar was held June 14-16, 2012, at the French Lick Springs Resort and Casino in French Lick, Ind.
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Kudos to DTCI members

June 20, 2012
From DTCI
Accolades for DTCI members.
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DTCI: The science of opening statements

June 20, 2012
Elliott Pinkie and Bill Kanasky write about persuasion through the use of primary and recency effects.
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Bar foundation to receive $10,000 grant for training

June 15, 2012
IL Staff
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution announced Friday that the organization will donate $10,000 to the  Indiana Bar Foundation to teach about the United States Constitution. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Rushville, Ind. chapter, National Society DAR. 
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YLS teams with Make-A-Wish Foundation

June 15, 2012
IL Staff
The Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section is teaming up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sponsor a benefit concert at the Rathskeller Biergarten in Indianapolis from 4 to 9 p.m. June 17.
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DTCI: Protection of drug and alcohol treatment records

June 6, 2012
Lawyers representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil tort actions will eventually be challenged with protecting their client’s alcohol and drug treatment records from disclosure.
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Teen Court receives 2012 IBF Impact Fund

June 6, 2012
IL Staff
The 2012 Impact Fund grant from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation has been given to Reach For Youth – Teen Court to support a part-time teen court coordinator. The bar foundation made the announcement at its Impact Fund Celebration Breakfast May 30.
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IBA: Some Growth in Legal Hiring Anticipated Nationally

June 6, 2012
From IndyBar
A recent national survey indicated nearly nine in 10 (88 percent) executives anticipate no changes to the size of their teams in the next three months. Specifically in law, a net 30 percent of lawyers are planning to increase staff levels in the third quarter which actually represented the strongest growth among the professions surveyed.
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IBA: Gooden Joins City-County Council

June 6, 2012
From IndyBar
William W. Gooden, an attorney with Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn and a member of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Board of Directors, was sworn in as a City-County Council member last week after being selected by the Marion County Republican Caucus to represent District 3.
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IBA: Bar Leader Series Class IX

June 6, 2012
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series Class IX team presentations and graduation program was held Friday, May 18th, 2012.
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Chinn: Tell Us How We Are Doing

June 6, 2012
Scott Chinn
The leadership of the IndyBar is an active lot and my sense is that most members of leadership feel positive about the bar’s activity level and performance. And by any objective measure, the IndyBar’s event calendar is full and its service offerings are growing. Let me give you just five examples.
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IBA Frontlines -6/8/12

June 6, 2012
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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Courting civility

June 6, 2012
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Trial Lawyers Association joined with the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana to promote courtesy among adversaries. The two held a seminar on civility at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
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