Bar Associations/Foundations

Competition concludes at finals

December 22, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Following the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution mock congressional hearing state finals, which took place Dec. 12-13 for high school students and Dec. 14 for middle school students, organizers announced that a team from Munster High School will represent Indiana at the national competition held in Washington, D.C., in April 2011.
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IBA: New Commissioners Assigned to Marion Superior Courts

December 22, 2010
From IndyBar
The Marion Superior Court has announced the hiring of four new Commissioners to serve the Courts.
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IBA: Did You Know?

December 22, 2010
From IndyBar
For around $20 per month, IndyBar members can join the Lawyer Referral Service, which refers nearly 400 potential clients per month.
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IBA Frontlines

December 22, 2010
From IndyBar
Frontlines for Dec. 22, 2010-Jan. 4, 2011
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IBA: IndyBar Paralegals Donate 3,552 Stuffed Animals to Bears on Patrol

December 22, 2010
From IndyBar
More than 3,500 stuffed animals were collected in the 2010 Teddy Bear Challenge, an annual collection effort spearheaded by the IndyBar Paralegal Executive Committee.
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Bar associations team up for 'Santa' program

December 22, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
The Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section partnered with the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association to sponsor their first program together, “Santa’s Been Sued.”
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Judge Mathias recognized for civics education

December 15, 2010
IL Staff
Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Paul D. Mathias received the Indiana Bar Foundation’s William G. Baker Award Dec. 12 for his work with civics education. Judge Mathias was cited for his work with the We the People program at the state level and in the 3rd Congressional District in Northeast Indiana.
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ITLA focuses on education, legislation, amicus briefs

December 8, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
As the year comes to a close, the president of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association said the organization of about 1,000 members will continue its three major goals: to provide educational opportunities, to write amicus briefs when there is a broader issue that can apply to cases and clients of trial attorneys, and to track bills as they are submitted by legislators for the 2011 session of the Indiana Legislature.
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Feighner: Judicial selection in Indiana

December 8, 2010
John Feighner
Indiana’s system of judicial selection through the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission and the periodic retention vote for appellate judges and justices vindicate the core constitutional value – judicial independence.
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Yonally: Young Lawyers Section creates connections

December 8, 2010
Amanda Yonally
The Young Lawyer Section of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association is made up of 250 attorneys who have been practicing law for less than 10 years and who are committed to advancing the mission of the association.
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ITLA young lawyer honored

December 8, 2010
Tara Worthley receives the Max Goodwin Young Lawyer Award.
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IBA: Controlling the Difficult Witness

December 8, 2010
From IndyBar
The first in a series of articles on Witness Control and Cross Examination.
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IBA: Nod to Professionalism

December 8, 2010
From IndyBar
Brief features Dennis K. Frick.
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IBA: Give Yourself the Gift of Associating

December 8, 2010
From IndyBar
Why should you join or renew? Because it pays to associate.
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Hickey: Things You Can Count On

December 8, 2010
Christine Hickey
This is an exciting time of year and as I sat down to write this article, it became clear to me how important it is to have things to look forward to, things you can count on.
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IBA: Practice Experience Tops Wish list when Recruiting for Paralegal Roles, Survey Reveals

December 8, 2010
From IndyBar
When it comes to hiring for paralegal positions, knowledge of a specific practice area is the most desirable attribute, according to 66 percent of lawyers interviewed recently by staffing firm Robert Half Legal.
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IBA: Did You Know?

December 8, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s website contains a Document Library of over 100 legal forms for use by members. These online forms are “fill in the blank” and print as ready to use documents.
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IBA: Lawyers Exempted from Red Flags Rule

December 8, 2010
From IndyBar
Following aggressive advocacy by organized bar associations around the country, the end is in sight regarding how the Federal Trade Commission should apply the “Red Flags Rule.”  The U.S. Senate voted last week to clarify the rule so that lawyers are clearly not included.
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IBA Frontlines

December 8, 2010
Frontlines for Dec. 8-21, 2010.
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IBA Litigation Judicial Reception

December 8, 2010
Photos from the Litigation Section's 2010 Litigation Judicial Reception.
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17th Annual DTCI Conference & Meeting

December 8, 2010
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana named its 2011 officers and new directors at its Seventeenth Annual Conference and Annual Meeting in Michigan City November 18-19.
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Bar associations host free CLE

December 8, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Bar associations and pro bono districts are working together in December and January to promote replays of a CLE for attorneys who want to participate in the annual statewide Talk to a Lawyer Today event taking place Jan. 17, 2011.
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Job fair connects diverse students to jobs

December 8, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
To help a diverse group of 2L students find summer employment in central Indiana, and to help Indianapolis-area employers connect with diverse, qualified students looking for summer associate positions, the Indianapolis Bar Association hosted its third diversity job fair at a downtown Indianapolis hotel in August.
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Free CLE offered for pro bono volunteers

December 7, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Bar associations and pro bono districts are working together to encourage attorneys to sign up to participate in the annual statewide Talk to a Lawyer Today event taking place Jan. 17, 2011. Free CLE, which is offered in December and January to lawyers who volunteer their time with TTALT but is not required to participate in the event, is a video replay of a CLE that originally took place in Indianapolis in October.
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In case of dishonest lawyers

November 24, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The nearly 50-year-old Indiana State Bar Association Clients’ Financial Assistance Fund has seen an unprecedented number of claims against a single attorney.
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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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