Bar Associations/Foundations

ITLA chief seeks bridge between young and veteran lawyers

June 6, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
Diversity and training are other key initiatives for new president Mark Scott.
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New project to emphasize dangers of texting while driving

June 6, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
An ITLA member attorney lost his granddaughter in fatal crash last year.
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Marion County Bar Association to host judges for morning talk

June 1, 2012
IL Staff
The Marion County Bar Association will host Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Carr Darden and retired Marion Superior Judge Webster Brewer at an event on June 7.
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Indianapolis Bar Foundation awards grant to teen court program

May 30, 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.
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Fund will build on Shepard's legacy of promoting diversity

May 23, 2012
Dave Stafford
Former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard’s commitment to diversity will continue thanks to a permanent fund that aims to expand on his pioneering efforts to make the legal profession more reflective of society at large.
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Bar Crawl - 5/25/12

May 23, 2012
IL Staff
Read who's been elected as officers of Tippecanoe County Bar Association and more!
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IBA: A little professional humor

May 23, 2012
From IndyBar
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote professionalism, the Professionalism Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association has borrowed from the format of a popular comedian to portray everyday scenarios that may illustrate situations in which lawyers may fall short of each of the committee’s five Standards of Professionalism.
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IBA: Series Graduates Ready to Lead

May 23, 2012
From IndyBar
There were no caps and gowns, but the 25 participants in Bar Leader Series IX class graduated May 18 full of encouragement to step into leadership roles within the legal community and outside of it.
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Chinn: On the Bus

May 23, 2012
Scott Chinn
I knew from the time I was 10 years old that I wanted to be a lawyer. I remember being on the school bus one day and a tumbler clicking in place in my head to that effect as I watched the soybean field roll by from the window.
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IBA: Pause for Professionalism

May 23, 2012
From IndyBar
As a part of its Pause for Professionalism video series, the Professionalism Committee has recently released a video of Hon. Tim A. Baker, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana in a video entitled “Civility in Discovery.”
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IBA Frontlines - 5/25/12

May 23, 2012
Read news from around the IndyBar, including Terrence Brookie's appointment to the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry.
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DTCI: Opinion clarifies construction manager liability on job sites

May 23, 2012
In its recent opinion in the case of Hunt Construction Group, Inc. v. Garrett, No. 49S02-1106-CT-365 (Ind. 2012), the Indiana Supreme Court provided some needed clarity concerning liability of construction managers for injuries suffered by employees of contractors on a construction site.
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ISBA presents business school for lawyers

May 18, 2012
IL Staff
The Indiana State Bar Association has partnered with Butler University’s College of Business, Executive Education Office, to offer Business School for Lawyers beginning in August.
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Bar foundation names 2012 fellows

May 18, 2012
IL Staff
The Fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation will induct 33 new members at its Fellows Dinner and Annual Meeting July 20 in French Lick, Ind.
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SJCBA collects business clothes for Goodwill

May 16, 2012
IL Staff
After a month of collecting used business wear, the New Lawyer Committee of the St. Joseph County Bar Association has more than 1,000 suits, shirts, shoes and other items to donate to Goodwill.
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Fund supports diversity in profession

May 11, 2012
Dave Stafford
A celebration of former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard on Thursday set the stage for the launch of a fund in his name that will continue his legacy of promoting diversity.
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New bar group advocates for military spouse JDs

May 9, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
Relaxed admission requirements by states could remove barriers to employment for lawyers who must move when spouse relocates.
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Lawyers should stay away from 'daily deals'

May 9, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
An attorney's inquiry on a listserv led to the Indiana State Bar Association ethics opinion.
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DTCI: Take a moment to breathe before hitting 'send'

May 9, 2012
Robert Thornburg writes about civility among the legal profession.
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IBA: Law Firm Mergers Hold Steady Nationally at Pre-Recession Pace

May 9, 2012
From IndyBar
There were 14 law firm mergers and acquisitions announced in the United States in the first quarter of 2012, according to Altlman Weil. This continues the rebound of law firm combinations that began in the fall of 2010 and held through all of 2011.
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IndyBar Law Day 2012

May 9, 2012
From IndyBar
Photos from the career fair organized by the IndyBar for Law Day 2012.
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Chinn: A Civics Lesson for All of Us

May 9, 2012
Scott Chinn
Scott Chinn writes about the importance of civic education and the need to fund programs.
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IBA Frontlines - 5/11/12

May 9, 2012
Read news from the IndyBar.
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IBA: Opportunity to Help

May 9, 2012
From IndyBar
With generous support from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, the Health and Human Rights Clinic (“HHRC”) at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law invites local attorneys to team with clinical faculty in providing pro bono representation to low-income clients in the Indianapolis community.
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Bar associations celebrate 'Law Day'

April 26, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
Bar associations in Evansville and Indianapolis will celebrate “Law Day” with local events involving high schools. The theme of this year’s day is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”
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  2. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  3. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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