Bar Associations/Foundations

Former Evansville legal aid director honored at Law Day dinner

April 25, 2012
IL Staff
Sue Ann Hartig, who retired this year after serving as executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Evansville for more than 25 years, received the James Bethel Gresham Freedom Award April 20 from the Evansville Bar Association.
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DTCI: Admission of subsequent remedial measures

April 25, 2012
A procedural or substantive concern in a strict liability action?
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IBA: New U.S. Supreme Court Case May Change Procedures in Indiana Courts

April 25, 2012
From IndyBar
The recent United States Supreme Court case of Missouri v. Frye, 132 S. Ct. 1399, 2012 U.S. LEXIS 2321 (2012) may create advisements for defendants who wish to take cases to trial and may make courts an unwilling witness to plea negotiations.
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IBA: Opportunity to Support the Rule of Law

April 25, 2012
From IndyBar
One of the most important responsibilities legal professionals have is to use their specialized skills to aid the community through volunteer efforts.
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Chinn: Law Day 2012

April 25, 2012
Scott Chinn
Every year, we celebrate Law Day – the day first proclaimed in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower to be set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Following a Congressional resolution passed in 1961, May 1 has been officially designated to celebrate Law Day.
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IBA Frontlines 4/27/12

April 25, 2012
Read about what's going on with the IndyBar!
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IBA: Indianapolis Lawyers Release Results of Judicial Candidate Peer Evaluation

April 25, 2012
From IndyBar
In order to assist voters in electing qualified and effective judges in the November 8 election, the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee has released the results of its 2012 judicial candidate peer evaluation.
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DTCI: To 4G or not to 4G, that is the question

April 25, 2012
From DTCI
Kori McOmber writes about the various apps one can use on the iPad to help with practicing law.
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Dinner to celebrate former chief justice May 10

April 20, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
Distinguished members of the judicial community, including former Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, will be on hand May 10 at a celebration dinner honoring former Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard.
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DTCI: DTCI and ITLA join forces to encourage civility

April 11, 2012
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association have joined to present a seminar on civility at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on May 24 titled “Two Parties…One Oath – A Conversation on Civility.”
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IBA: Impact Fund Making Impact

April 11, 2012
From IndyBar
In 2011, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation awarded its first Impact Fund grant, in the amount of $35,000, to the Health and Human Rights Clinic (HHRC) at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
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Around IndyBar

April 11, 2012
See photos from events happening around the IndyBar!
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IBA: Deadline Extended for Access Cards

April 11, 2012
From IndyBar
The Marion County Court Administrator’s Office has announced that the deadline for the mandatory renewal of attorney access cards to the City-County Building has been extended to April 13, 2012.
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Need a New Photo? Visit the IndyBar

April 11, 2012
In conjunction with the production of the IndyBar’s print Legal Directory, Bass Photo Company will be in the IndyBar Office to take professional headshots on several dates in April.
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Chinn: Why The Indiana Supreme Court Matters

April 11, 2012
Scott Chinn
The profession and the citizenry have been blessed with a great Supreme Court in Indiana over the past several decades. There are several reasons for that, and several reasons why it matters.
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IBA Frontlines

April 11, 2012
Read news from around the legal community from the IndyBar!
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Around IndyBar: Take a Law Student to Lunch 2012

March 28, 2012
From IndyBar
Photos from Take a Law Student to Lunch 2012.
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IBA: Make Time to Pause for Professionalism

March 28, 2012
From IndyBar
Civility and professionalism — and often the lack of it — have become increasingly discussed subjects in judicial opinions and between lawyers.
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IBA: Bench Bar Registration Scholarships Available

March 28, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference is heading back to French Lick this year from June 14-16, and thirty scholarships are available to make participating possible for any attorney wanting to attend.
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Chinn: (A Small) Part of the Solution

March 28, 2012
Scott Chinn
The American Bar Association’s theme for Law Day to be observed on May 1 is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom”.
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IBA Frontlines

March 28, 2012
News briefs from the IndyBar for March 30-April 12, 2012.
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DTCI: Errata sheets and the deposition hallows

March 28, 2012
From DTCI
Certainly, a deposition can be a powerful tool. But what if the completed deposition transcript is delivered to the examining attorney along with an errata sheet that substantively alters material deposition responses?
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State bar announces board vacancies

March 27, 2012
IL Staff
The Indiana State Bar Association has announced vacancies on its board of governors for the October 2012-October 2014 term.
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IBA: Unanimity On Anonymity: COA Tests Anonymous Speech

March 14, 2012
From IndyBar
Media lawyers and litigators who frequently handle defamation cases have new guidance from the Indiana Court of Appeals on whether and when a litigant can compel a nonparty media organization or Internet website to disclose the source of allegedly defamatory statements posted anonymously online.
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IBA: Kilies and McGoff Law Students of the Year

March 14, 2012
From IndyBar
The annual Take a Law Student to Lunch event is a chance for the practicing bar to mix and mingle with some of the finest future lawyers in the land. To further highlight the high quality of future lawyers in our community the IndyBar’s Law Student Division will be honoring Janelle Kilies and Sean P. McGoff as Law Students of the Year.
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