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IndyBar: Proposal for Citation of Memorandum Decisions Unanimously Rejected

September 24, 2014
Recently, the Indiana Supreme Court unanimously voted to reject the recommendation of three Indianapolis Bar Association sections to allow citations of memorandum decisions.
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Legal community rolls up its sleeves for ‘Day of Service’

September 22, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Once again, members of the Indiana State Bar Association gave up part of their Saturday to help their local communities as part of the association’s Annual Day of Service.
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New program gives attorneys an 'Intro to Indy'

September 10, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indianapolis Bar Association's "Intro to Indy" program will introduce attorneys to nonprofit agencies and give them leads on becoming more engaged in the community.
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IndyBar: Evening Under the Stars Through the Years

September 10, 2014
From IndyBar
People return year after year for Evening Under the Stars, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF)’s hallmark fundraising effort. The event, which takes place this year on Oct. 10, consists of an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions and, of course, a treasure trove of memories for those who attend.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 9/10/14

September 10, 2014
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Getting Along Is Not Wrong: Law and the Golden Rule

September 10, 2014
From IndyBar
How often have you filed an emergency Motion for Continuance only to have an opposing counsel file an “Objection for the Record?” Frankly, I am amazed at how often attorneys file these coded objections to let the court know that while the attorney has no real objection, he or she is filing it only on behalf of the client.
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IndyBar: Ricafort to Lead Indianapolis Bar Association in 2017

September 10, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of Nissa M. Ricafort of Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC as the 2017 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Ricafort will serve as the association’s First Vice President on the 2015 Board of Directors and as President Elect in 2016.
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IndyBar: Straight Talk Straight from the Top

August 27, 2014
From IndyBar
Members of the current IndyBar Board of Directors discuss their roles, responsibilities and also offer advice to those considering serving on the board in 2015.
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IndyBar: Evening Under the Stars Preparation is Underway

August 27, 2014
From IndyBar
In just a few weeks, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) will host its annual fundraiser, the Evening Under the Stars Dinner & Auction. The event features an elegant dinner, cocktails, live entertainment and silent and live auctions – all while attendees have the chance to mingle with Indy’s top legal professionals.
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Abrams: Law School Orientation—Oh, To Be Young Again!

August 27, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
I had the honor of attending law school orientation on Saturday, August 16 at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. I sat on the dais with the Honorable Jose Salinas of Marion Superior Court, the Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and McKinney School of Law Dean Andrew Klein.
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IndyBar: A Collective ‘Thank You’ at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon

August 27, 2014
From IndyBar
Paralegals play an invaluable role in the legal profession. This sentiment was proven by the outstanding turnout at the 2014 IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon as more than 150 attorneys, judges, and of course, paralegals gathered to enjoy conversation, lunch and even a laugh on August 14.
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IndyBar: Volunteers Needed for Family Law/Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Cases

August 27, 2014
From IndyBar
Since early 2013, the IndyBar and local legal service providers have been teaming up to provide pro bono help in family law cases. More than 100 cases have been placed as a result of these efforts, and additional volunteers are needed to continue this successful partnership.
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IndyBar: Road Mapping with 2015 IndyBar President John C. Trimble

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
The nominations for IndyBar’s 2015 Board of Directors are now open, and it’s up to you to help determine the future of your local bar association! We talked to next year’s president, John C. Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP, to get a roadmap of what board members can expect from board participation in 2015.
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IndyBar Names Dickson and Kappes Recipients of 2014 Professionalism Awards

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee has named Chief Justice Brent Dickson of the Indiana Supreme Court the 2014 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, while Philip “Skip” Kappes of Lewis & Kappes has been awarded the bar’s Professionalism Award.
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IndyBar to Host Criminal Justice Complex Forum

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
IndyBar members are invited to attend an upcoming open forum on plans for the city’s proposed consolidated criminal justice complex. The forum will take place Monday, Aug. 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the IndyBar Education Center. It is offered to IndyBar members at no charge. Pre-registration is not required.
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Abrams: Sections, Committees and Divisions, Oh My!

August 13, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
Each quarter, I have the opportunity to listen to the chairs of all the Indianapolis Bar Association’s sections, committees and divisions describe accomplishments they have achieved during the past quarter as well as forecast great things to come throughout the balance of the year. There is some amazing work done by these groups – not all of which is known to our members.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono in the Fast Lane!

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
In the mood for meaningful pro bono service without the long-term commitment? Check out two one-day-only pro bono opportunities coming up soon with the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Fellows Demonstrate Community Commitment at Service Events

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Indianapolis Bar Association, chooses a new class of Distinguished Fellows each year. Fellows commit to contributing financially to the IBF, but there is also a service component that helps the Fellows give back to the community in a non-legal way.
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IndyBar: Indiana Appellate Institute Moots Eight Cases, Raises Thousands for Scholarships

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indiana Appellate Institute was created by the IndyBar Appellate Practice Section in 2010 as a resource for lawyers throughout the state who have oral arguments scheduled before the Indiana Supreme Court or Indiana Court of Appeals.
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IndyBar: Your Home for CLE…and CFP!

July 30, 2014
From IndyBar
The IndyBar is known for hosting more than 100 CLE programs each year, but did you know that some of those programs also qualify for Certified Financial Planning (CFP) credit? The IndyBar is now offering CFP credit in addition to CLE credit at select upcoming programs.
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IndyBar: Interrogatories - Eric Schmadeke

July 30, 2014
From IndyBar
A candid Q&A with the bench and bar.
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IndyBar to Host Criminal Justice Complex Forum

July 30, 2014
From IndyBar
IndyBar members are invited to attend an upcoming open forum on plans for the city’s proposed consolidated criminal justice complex.
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IndyBar: IBF Fellows Give Back at Gleaners

July 30, 2014
From IndyBar
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana works to feed the hungry across the state, and on July 23, Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellows pitched in to help them do just that during the first Fellows service event of 2014. While Gleaners serves 21 counties in central and southeast Indiana, their main food bank is located in Indianapolis, which is where the Fellows worked.
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IndyBar: The 2014 Lawyer Links Classic, A Great Day for a Great Cause

July 30, 2014
From IndyBar
What a beautiful day for a golf outing Thursday, July 17 was! Thank you to all who participated in this sold-out event. The Lawyer Links Classic raised more than $35,000 dollars to support the Foundation. Without your continued generosity and support, this event would not be possible.
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IndyBar: IBF to Host Training with 2013 Impact Fund Recipient

July 30, 2014
From IndyBar
IndyBar attorneys will have the opportunity for first-hand involvement with the 2013 recipient of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s Impact Fund Recipient at an upcoming training program and CLE this August.
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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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