Indianapolis Bar Association

Bar Crawl - 2/17-3/1

February 15, 2012
IL Staff
Catch up with news from bar associations around Indiana.
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IBA: Getting to Know Buchanan Winner Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, the 2012 recipient of the Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence, is a role model for many. The Indianapolis Bar Association posed some questions to “Judge Jane,” as she prefers to be known, to learn more about this exceptional lawyer and jurist.
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IBA: What Every Woman Should Know to Protect Herself in the Event of Divorce

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Advising clients contemplating divorce varies with the style of the attorney. Even so, there are fundamental issues every woman considering or beginning the divorce process should know to protect herself financially.
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IBA: Volunteer for the Health and Human Rights Clinic at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
The Health & Human Rights Clinic at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (“HHRC”), with the support of a $35,000 grant from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (“IBF”), is launching a first-of-its-kind initiative to team local attorneys with clinical faculty in providing pro bono representation to low-income clients in the Indianapolis community.
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Chinn: Super February

February 15, 2012
Scott Chinn
The midyear meetings of the American Bar Association were held in New Orleans earlier this month. As bad luck would have it, the meetings overlapped Super Bowl week in Indianapolis and for some even Super Bowl Sunday itself. But despite the conflict, a number of IndyBar leaders made the trip to the Crescent City to take part in the meetings, to represent the IndyBar, and to fulfill various speaking obligations.
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IBA: Simplifying the Practice with Forms and Resources

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
The sharing of information and resources is one of the greatest benefits of an association. During the course of its more than 125 year history the IndyBar has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk, or in hard copy.
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IBA Frontlines - 2/17-3/1

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Read about news and opportunities from the IndyBar.
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Marion County judicial 'slating fees' subject of 2 inquiries

February 1, 2012
Michael Hoskins
An Indianapolis attorney and an Indianapolis Bar Association political action committee want the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications to look into how Marion County judicial candidates contribute to political parties as part of the process in running to be a judge.
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IBA: Foundation Accepting Impact Grant Applications

February 1, 2012
From IndyBar
Indianapolis service agencies are eligible for a $35,000 grant through the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s Impact Fund.
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IBA: Judicial Candidate Evaluation Results Released

February 1, 2012
The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (JEPAC) released the results of its recent judicial evaluation survey of 2012 candidates for Marion Superior Court.
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IBA: Racing Attorneys Conference to Roar Into Charlotte, NC

February 1, 2012
From IndyBar
The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC) returns to Charlotte, N.C., for a fresh and new program on Wednesday, April 10, and Thursday, April 11.
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IBA: Trivia Night Fun at Binkley's

February 1, 2012
From IndyBar
An actual “fun” fundraiser is coming up on Thursday, March 1 as the Indianapolis Bar Foundation hosts Trivia Night. Set for 5-8:00 p.m. at Binkley’s Kitchen and Bar, Trivia Night is a laid back evening to test your knowledge and hang out with friends.
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Chinn: A Few Words About Judicial Elections

February 1, 2012
Scott Chinn
This is a judicial election year, and in Marion County this year, we have 20 spots on the ballot for judges of the Marion Superior Court. More than half of the local judiciary in the State’s largest and busiest county is up for election. That fact alone makes the 2012 elections a big deal.
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IBA Frontlines - 2/3/12

February 1, 2012
Read news briefs from the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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Magnus-Stinson to receive IBA Buchanan Award

January 23, 2012
IL Staff
U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson will receive the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence, the bar association has announced.
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IBA: Magnus-Stinson to be Honored with Buchanan Award

January 18, 2012
From IndyBar
A blue ribbon selection committee acting on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation has announced the selection of The Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana as a recipient of the IndyBar’s prestigious Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence.
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IBA: Judicial Candidate Survey Ends January 18

January 18, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (“JEPAC”) survey of 2012 candidates for the Marion Superior Court will close at 11:59 p.m. on January 18.
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IBA: Bill Watch 2012 Available Each Week

January 18, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar’s Legislative Committee has launched Bill Watch 2012. Throughout the legislative session, the IndyBar will distribute each week through its electronic newsletter an updated report of progress and recent actions taken in regard bills and resolutions deemed of possible interest to IndyBar members.
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IBA: Mark Calendars for Sedona, Arizona

January 18, 2012
The Indianapolis Bar Association is going on the road with CLE to stunning Sedona, Ariz., November 15-17, 2012.
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IBA Frontlines

January 18, 2012
News from the IndyBar for Jan. 20-Feb. 2, 2012.
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Chinn: Opportunities To Serve In 2012

January 18, 2012
Scott Chinn
IBA President Scott Chinn writes his first column about how members can be involved in 2012.
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2012 IBA Installation Luncheon

January 18, 2012
View photos from the 2012 IBA Installation Luncheon at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis.
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Attorney survey on Marion County judiciary begins

January 9, 2012
Michael Hoskins
Eighteen Marion County judges will be on the ballot in the May 2012 primary. The Indianapolis Bar Association is asking attorneys to voice their opinions about those jurists.
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IBA: Attorneys Beware - Conflicts of Interest and Attempts to Make a Buck

January 4, 2012
From IndyBar
Attorneys looking to profit from their experiences at trial take note: the principles behind the so-called “Son of Sam” laws, which prohibit criminal defendants from profiting from the publicity of their crimes, may apply to you too, at least during the pendency of a criminal case.
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IBA: When Kids Become Adults

January 4, 2012
From IndyBar
Charging juveniles as adults is a topic that has garnered media attention lately with a rash of gun-related deaths among teens. It’s also an area where we need to balance sympathy for the victims and for the minor offenders.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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