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IndyBar: Volunteer to Take a Pro Bono Family Law Case

July 2, 2014
From IndyBar
The lack of licensed attorneys willing to assume responsibility for routine family law matters is a universal concern for pro bono legal service providers. Although volunteer programs such as the IndyBar’s Legal Line and Ask A Lawyer events provide general information to direct those with legal needs in the right direction, these independent events do not provide the ongoing legal services often necessary to fully resolve a particular issue.
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IndyBar: Civility. Courtesy. Respect. Professionalism.

July 2, 2014
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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IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for Antoinette Dakin Leach and Paralegal Awards

June 18, 2014
From IndyBar
It’s no secret that Indianapolis is home to many talented, dedicated legal professionals. Give deserving colleagues the recognition they deserve: the nomination period is now open for two IndyBar awards, the Women and the Law Division’s Antoinette Dakin Leach Award and the IndyBar Paralegal of the Year award.
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IndyBar: Celebrating Summer with the Women and the Law Division

June 18, 2014
From IndyBar
More than 100 members of the bench and bar gathered to celebrate the arrival of warm weather with colleagues at the Women and the Law Division’s annual Summer Reception, held Tuesday, June 10 at the Indiana Historical Society.
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Abrams: See you in Cincinnati

June 18, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
By the time you are reading this article, I will be on my way to the 21st Annual Bench Bar in Cincinnati, Ohio. So, I asked myself when I attended my first Bench Bar, what is a Benesch commercial real estate lawyer going to do at a Bench Bar Conference? The answer? Lots of things.
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IndyBar: Diversity Job Fair Recognized with ABA Partnership Award

June 18, 2014
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair is enjoying the national spotlight as a recipient of the 2014 Partnership Award from the American Bar Association (ABA). The fair was selected for the award in early June; IndyBar representatives will accept the award during the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Boston this August.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono Opportunity Available for Tax Practitioners

June 18, 2014
From IndyBar
Have you found yourself wanting to use your tax knowledge to benefit members of the community? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way? Now there is! The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC) has partnered with the IndyBar Tax Section to create a unique opportunity for tax practitioners to use their tax knowledge in a new way
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IndyBar: Paralegal Committee Presents Third Annual Careers in Law Fair

June 18, 2014
From IndyBar
Building on the success of the past two years, the IndyBar Paralegal Committee presented its third “Careers in Law” Fair Wednesday, June 11.
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IndyBar: IBF awards $35,000 Impact Fund Grant to the Joseph Maley Foundation

June 4, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation announced May 28 that the Joseph Maley Foundation has been named the recipient of the 2014 Impact Fund Grant of $35,000. Specifically, the grant will fund the foundation’s new Parent Education and Pro Bono Legal Assistance Program for central Indiana students with individualized education plans.
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IndyBar: Interrogatories - Samantha DeWester

June 4, 2014
From IndyBar
A candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar.
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Abrams: Unjust Criticism of the Judicial System

June 4, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
The Indianapolis Bar Association has had a long-time policy on addressing unjust criticism of the judicial system. While we have not needed to review very many cases, a recent case provided an unusual twist on the review of the judicial system.
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IndyBar: Class XI Series Graduates Ready to Lead

June 4, 2014
From IndyBar
There were no caps and gowns, but the 25 participants in Bar Leader Series Class XI graduated May 21, full of encouragement to step into leadership roles both within the legal community and beyond. Congratulations to the talented, ambitious members of Class XI!
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Indianapolis Bar Foundation awards grant to Joseph Maley Foundation

May 28, 2014
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has awarded its $35,000 Impact Fund Grant to the Joseph Maley Foundation, the IBF announced Wednesday. The money will fund the Joseph Maley Foundation’s new parent education and pro bono legal assistance program for central Indiana students with individualized education plans.
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IndyBar: Young Lawyers Make Their Mark in Fountain Square

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
The YLD played a significant role in this year’s cleanup, donating $500 toward supplies used in painting a 4,500 square-foot mural in the Fountain Square neighborhood.
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IndyBar: Belfast, 1972, The Troubles and the Confrontation Clause

May 21, 2014
James Bell
James Bell writes, "After stops in Ontario, Baltimore and Pennsylvania, I was raised in Alabama and later moved to Indiana where I became a United States citizen. Had I grown up in Northern Ireland, things may have been different for me."
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Around the IndyBar

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
Attorneys, judges and students gathered for the bar’s annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” event Thursday, May 15 at the Hilton Indianapolis.
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IndyBar Frontlines

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Apply Now for Bar Leader Series Class XII

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
Ready to become a leader in your profession and your community? Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Bar Leader Series, the IndyBar’s leadership development program for young attorneys.
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IndyBar: The IBF is in full swing for spring

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
The IBF recently awarded three academic scholarships to assist students during their law school career.
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IndyBar: TRAC 2014: Networking, Education and … Moonshine?

May 7, 2014
From IndyBar

TRAC was founded to facilitate networking and learning among attorneys whose practices touch some form of motorsport, with particular emphasis on uniting the open-wheel and stock car legal communities.

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IndyBar: Interrogatories with John Trimble

May 7, 2014
From IndyBar
A candid Q&A with the bench and bar.
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Abrams: Celebrating Law Day

May 7, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
May 1 is officially recognized as Law Day. The day is spent reflecting on the role of law in the pursuit of happiness in our everyday lives and recognizing the importance of law for our community.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 5/7/14

May 7, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Teams Duke it Out at IBF Trivia

May 7, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation hosted its first Trivia Night of the year Thursday, May 1.
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IndyBar: Shortridge Students Witness Final Path to Citizenship

May 7, 2014
From IndyBar
he journey to citizenship was experienced first-hand by students at the Shortridge Magnet School for Law and Public Policy as the school, the IndyBar Public Outreach Committee and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana collaborated to host a naturalization ceremony on-site at the school Thursday, May 1.
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  1. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  2. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  3. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

  4. Have been seeing this wonderful physician for a few years and was one of his patients who told him about what we were being told at CVS. Multiple ones. This was a witch hunt and they shold be ashamed of how patients were treated. Most of all, CVS should be ashamed for what they put this physician through. So thankful he fought back. His office is no "pill mill'. He does drug testing multiple times a year and sees patients a minimum of four times a year.

  5. Brian W, I fear I have not been sufficiently entertaining to bring you back. Here is a real laugh track that just might do it. When one is grabbed by the scruff of his worldview and made to choose between his Confession and his profession ... it is a not a hard choice, given the Confession affects eternity. But then comes the hardship in this world. Imagine how often I hear taunts like yours ... "what, you could not even pass character and fitness after they let you sit and pass their bar exam ... dude, there must really be something wrong with you!" Even one of the Bishop's foremost courtiers said that, when explaining why the RCC refused to stand with me. You want entertaining? How about watching your personal economy crash while you have a wife and five kids to clothe and feed. And you can't because you cannot work, because those demanding you cast off your Confession to be allowed into "their" profession have all the control. And you know that they are wrong, dead wrong, and that even the professional code itself allows your Faithful stand, to wit: "A lawyer may refuse to comply with an obligation imposed by law upon a good faith belief that no valid obligation exists. The provisions of Rule 1.2(d) concerning a good faith challenge to the validity, scope, meaning or application of the law apply to challenges of legal regulation of the practice of law." YET YOU ARE A NONPERSON before the BLE, and will not be heard on your rights or their duties to the law -- you are under tyranny, not law. And so they win in this world, you lose, and you lose even your belief in the rule of law, and demoralization joins poverty, and very troubling thoughts impeaching self worth rush in to fill the void where your career once lived. Thoughts you did not think possible. You find yourself a failure ... in your profession, in your support of your family, in the mirror. And there is little to keep hope alive, because tyranny rules so firmly and none, not the church, not the NGO's, none truly give a damn. Not even a new court, who pay such lip service to justice and ancient role models. You want entertainment? Well if you are on the side of the courtiers running the system that has crushed me, as I suspect you are, then Orwell must be a real riot: "There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." I never thought they would win, I always thought that at the end of the day the rule of law would prevail. Yes, the rule of man's law. Instead power prevailed, so many rules broken by the system to break me. It took years, but, finally, the end that Dr Bowman predicted is upon me, the end that she advised the BLE to take to break me. Ironically, that is the one thing in her far left of center report that the BLE (after stamping, in red ink, on Jan 22) is uninterested in, as that the BLE and ADA office that used the federal statute as a sword now refuses to even dialogue on her dire prediction as to my fate. "C'est la vie" Entertaining enough for you, status quo defender?

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