Bar Associations/Foundations

IndyBar: Avoid the Rush: Plan Ahead with CLE Series Offerings

January 13, 2016
From IndyBar
If you spent the final weeks of 2015 in a CLE cram session, take note: two IndyBar sections have lined up a full year of CLE programs for 2016.
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IndyBar: Giving Back Made Easy: Pro Bono for Any Schedule

January 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Pro bono service is a rewarding—and expected—component of the practice of law. With reporting requirements now in place, the need to find opportunities that fit varied schedules, practice areas and interests is greater than ever.
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Trimble: Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

January 13, 2016
John Trimble
Hello all, and Happy New Year! I am amazed to be writing my last President’s Column in my year as IndyBar president. Where has the year gone?
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IndyBar: Attorney Access Card Renewal Now Available Online

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association is pleased to join with the Marion Superior Court in announcing the renewal of the successful “Attorney Access Card” program!
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IndyBar: Practice Milestones: Congratulating 2015 IndyBar 50-and 25-Year Practitioners

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
For 80 IndyBar members, 2015 marked a significant milestone in their careers. According to IndyBar records, these members celebrated their 50th or 25th year in the practice of law this year.
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Trimble: Do You Have a Sense of Urgency?

December 30, 2015
John Trimble
This time of year, as one year ends and another begins, I always feel a little anxiety.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 12/30/15

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
Volunteers are needed for Ask a Lawyer.
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IndyBar: Attorney Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
Want to make an impact? The IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project is looking for attorney volunteers.
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IndyBar: Save the Date for the 2016 Installation Luncheon

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
Make sure to mark your brand-new 2016 calendar now for the upcoming Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Columbia Club.
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IndyBar: Save Time and Simplify Your Practice with IndyBar Resources and Member Benefits

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
It’s resolution time. Whether you’ve resolved to become more efficient, to save money or to become more effective in your practice, the IndyBar has a member benefit or resource available to help you along the path to resolution success.
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Fishers High School takes We the People crown

December 18, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Fishers High School was crowned the champion in the Indiana We the People High School competition and will represent the state at the national competition in April 2016. In the middle school competition, Brown County Junior High School in Nashville took first place for the sixth consecutive year.
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Bar association to host bone marrow drive

December 16, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Marion County Bar Association is asking members and friends to open their mouths for a good cause.
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ITLA's Micki Wilson reducing role after 37 years as director

December 16, 2015
Dave Stafford
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Executive Director Micki Wilson will hand over day-to-day duties running the organization at the end of the year, but she’ll continue to lobby on its behalf at the Statehouse.
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IndyBar: Start the New Year with a Clean Closet — And Help Local Students ‘Suit Up’

December 16, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and Law Student Division are teaming up to form a program called “Suited Up.” The concept is simple: provide college-bound seniors, both men and women, from low-income households with dress clothes.
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Trimble: No Time Like Now to Commit to Your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions!

December 16, 2015
John Trimble
A couple of days ago, I was rummaging through some old papers when I found my 2008 New Year’s resolutions. As I read over them, I thought to myself, “Johnny boy, I think you need to dust these off and try again, but let’s have a little better effort this time!”
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IndyBar Frontlines - 12/16/15

December 16, 2015
From IndyBar
Read news from around the bar association.
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IndyBar: Getting along is not wrong - James A. Edgar

December 16, 2015
From IndyBar
Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior.
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DTCI annual meeting 2015 photos

December 16, 2015
From DTCI
Members gathered in Bloomington to honor attorneys, attend educational sessions and socialize. Click here to see some of the photos.
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DTCI 2016 officers and directors named

December 16, 2015
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana named its 2016 officers and directors at its 22nd Annual Conference and Annual Meeting Nov. 19-20. The officers and directors will take office Jan. 1, 2016.
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Justice Dickson honored at We the People dinner

December 14, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Bar Foundation used its 2015 Civics Dinner to present the President’s Award to Dickson for his many years of service to the Supreme Court, the judiciary, the legal profession and the state.
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New DTCI president to continue diversity push

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
James Hehner brings 30-plus years of professional experience to the leadership post for the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.
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2015 DTCI amicus report

December 2, 2015
From DTCI
In 2015, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana’s Amicus Committee participated in a number of interesting appeals, two of which are set for oral argument in the near future. The cases DTCI became involved in this year, as in past years, pertain to a variety of issues which are of significant interest to the defense bar.
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DTCI elects new board and officers at annual conference

December 2, 2015
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana named its 2016 officers and directors at its 22nd Conference and Annual Meeting Nov. 19-20. The officers and directors will take office Jan. 1, 2016.
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IndyBar: Overview of the Major Changes to the Indiana Child Support Guidelines

December 2, 2015
From IndyBar
On Nov. 5, 2015, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an Order Amending the Indiana Child Support Guidelines (“Guidelines”).
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Trimble: Please ... Tell Me Why Not?

December 2, 2015
John Trimble
Within the past two weeks I have had the pleasure of being a part of the 2016 planning retreats for the sections, committees and board of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the board of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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