Indianapolis Bar Association

IBA: Bar Gathers to Honor Paralegals

May 22, 2013
From IndyBar
The assistance of qualified and competent paralegals is crucial to the success of many attorneys.
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Blomquist: Gideon at 50 is A Work in Progress

May 22, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established that under the Constitution, states are required to provide a lawyer to criminally charged defendants who cannot otherwise afford one.
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IBA Frontlines -5/22/13

May 22, 2013
From IndyBar
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IBA: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Awards Academic and Educational Scholarships

May 22, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation recently awarded seven scholarships to both law students and to individuals preparing to take the Indiana Bar Exam in summer 2013.
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IBA: Shortridge High School Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Students at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy experienced the final step to becoming an American citizen first-hand Thursday, May 2 as the school hosted a naturalization ceremony for more than 80 individuals seeking citizenship.
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IBA Bar Leader Series Class X: Public Safety in the Spotlight

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Regrettably, we see all too often in the news the various threats to the safety of our citizens in Indianapolis and throughout the country. These struggles are universal and impact all of us as a society in different ways.
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IBA: Fun Abounds at the Bench Bar Conference

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Though the Bench Bar Conference’s unparalleled educational programming naturally receives top billing, its plentiful non-CLE related offerings are also worthy of being shared and appreciated. From golf to trivia, these activities are vital in creating the casual, relaxed atmosphere that has mad
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Blomquist: The IBA Bench Bar Conference, Well Worth the 'Conference Depression' Risk

May 8, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Here is a new phrase for me: “Conference Depression. According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition of “conference depression” is: “Being extremely depressed after an awesome weekend at a conference.” Withdrawal usually lasts a day or two depending on the conference.
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IBA Frontlines - 5/8/13

May 8, 2013
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IBA: How to Save Time and Increase Cash Flow

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Time is money. You may not be able to detail it on a year-end balance sheet or claim a whiled away afternoon as a legitimate loss, but the old adage is still true. For lawyers dependent on hourly billing, managing time is one of the most essential professional practices to be mastered.
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IBA: Have Impact. Be One. Support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

April 24, 2013
From IndyBar
April is a busy month for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IBA Interrogatories - Benjamin Keele

April 24, 2013
Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar.
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Blomquist: No Joke — Let’s Take Care of the Lawyers

April 24, 2013
A dear non-lawyer friend of mine recently gave me a joke book about lawyers. If you’re like me you have received such a gift before and you smile, nod your head, chuckle at the gesture, and relegate the book to being a bathroom staple until your conscience allows you to throw it away.
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IBA: Volunteer to Take a Family Law or Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Case

April 24, 2013
From IndyBar
The day has arrived when local legal service providers and the bar are coordinating efforts to provide pro bono help in family law cases, and we’re ready for your help.
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IBA: The Answer for a Good Time?

April 24, 2013
From IndyBar
Members of the legal community gathered to spar over trivia while supporting the Indianapolis Bar Foundation at the fourth IBF Trivia Night, held Tuesday, April 16 at the Northside Knights of Columbus.
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IBA: IndyBar Launches Online CLE

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
In an age where nearly every task can be completed on the Web, it’s no surprise that online education is gaining in popularity for busy professionals across the globe.
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IBA: Client Development Through Relationship-Building

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
As a seasoned professional, you know the ins and outs of laws and regulations, the guidelines and the sound strategies that will benefit your clients. You have no trepidations offering advice. When it comes to your business, however that confidence often evaporates.
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IBA: Nod to Professionalism

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism seeks to promote positive images of lawyers throughout the Indianapolis community and within our bar.
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Blomquist: Online and on Your Time

April 10, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
This week, your IndyBar is launching its Online CLE Course offerings after months of planning by both the IndyBar staff and leadership.
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IBA: Public Opinion Requested on Possible Court Rule Changes

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indiana Supreme Court is interested in obtaining comments from judges, attorneys and the general public as it considers changes to the Rules of Court.
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IBA Frontlines 4/10/13

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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Pause For Professionalism - Civility in the Trial Court

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
Even the best law school does not teach everything that a lawyer needs to know.
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IBA: Twentieth Bench Bar Conference Features In-House Counsel Track

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
The 2013 Bench Bar Conference, to be held June 13-15, at the Mariott Downtown in Louisville, Ky., offers a total of 18 different CLE sessions, with five of those sessions included in the new In-House Counsel Track developed by the 2013 Bench Bar Conference Committee.
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IBA: Volunteers Needed for National High School Mock Trial Championship

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
For the first time, Indiana will host the 2013 National High School Mock Trial Championship May 9-11, 2013, in downtown Indianapolis.
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Bar Crawl - 3/27/13

March 27, 2013
The Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section teamed up with the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division recently to help brighten the Easter Seals Crossroads headquarters in Indianapolis.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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.

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