Indianapolis Bar Association

IBA: Eliminate Surprises; Use Caution and Care When Changing Fee Agreements

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
It’s a typical case and the potential client and you have agreed to a flat fee of $10,000 for the entire representation. However, as the case trudges through the system, the case requires more work than expected. You should get paid for the extra work, right?
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IBA: Local Attorneys to Lead Baker & Daniels

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Baker & Daniels LLP has announced its top leadership positions for 2011, including the election of Indianapolis lawyer David Barrett and re-election of Hud Pfeiffer to three-year terms on the law firm’s strategic and policy board.
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IBA: Two Hours Can Change a Life

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Provide the community with the opportunity to not only gain free legal advice, but to get to know what great community servants lawyers are by volunteering to assist with the Indianapolis Bar Association’s April 12, 2011 Ask a Lawyer program.
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IBA: When Disaster Strikes

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Icepocalypse 2011 is finally beginning to melt.hankfully, no local practitioners experienced damage to their offices due to collapsed roofs or other storm damage. However, if they had what were the chances they had a disaster plan in place to deal with the aftermath?
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Hebenstreit: Banding Together for the Greater Good

February 16, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Usually, the collective body of a group can accomplish greater good than the individual parts. That is one reason people band together, be it for religious purposes, political ideals, or service to a community. This is certainly true of your IndyBar.
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IBA: Nod to professionalism

February 16, 2011
R. Anthony Prather
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IBA Frontlines

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Frontlines for Feb. 16, 2011.
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IBA: Techniques for Controlling Challenging Witnesses That Work, Some with Risk

February 2, 2011
From IndyBar
Third in a series of articles on Witness Control and Cross Examination.
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IBA: MPRE Prep Free

February 2, 2011
From IndyBar
For ten years now a passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) has been required for admission to the Indiana Bar.
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IBA: Bar Monitoring Legislation During General Assembly

February 2, 2011
From IndyBar
As the Indiana General Assembly grapples with legislation the Indianapolis Bar Association continues its practice of monitoring progress of Bills its leadership believes to be on interest to its members.
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IBA: New Tax Court Judge Takes Office

February 2, 2011
From IndyBar
Martha Wentworth takes the bench.
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Hebenstreit: Game on

February 2, 2011
From IndyBar
It has been two years in training, watching first Jim, and then Chris, taking notes, learning, and getting prepared. Now the training is over, I am ready to start, and it is “game on.” It is going to be a busy and productive 2011.
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IBA Frontlines

February 2, 2011
From IndyBar
Frontlines for Feb. 2, 2011.
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IBA: Did You Know?

February 2, 2011
From IndyBar
Monitoring State Court Dockets
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2011 IBA/IBF Board Installation Luncheon

February 2, 2011
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New executive committee, talk of judicial complex

January 20, 2011
Michael Hoskins
The trial courts in the state’s largest county have a new leadership lineup, and the Marion Superior Executive Committee has changed the time of its weekly business meetings. Its first meeting will bring up a much-discussed and significant concept of building a new judicial complex in Marion County.
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IBA: Pro Hac Vice Reporting Deadline Rapidly Approaching

January 19, 2011
From IndyBar
As 2011 dawns, with the year end accounting done and the pie generously sliced, it is time to ramp up for another year.
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IBA: Get a Head Start on 2011 CLE with the Litigation Trial Skills Series

January 19, 2011
From IndyBar
Eight luncheon CLEs are being offered by IndyBar’s Litigation Section in 2011 as part of their Litigation Trial Skills Series.
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IBA: Domestic Relations Counseling Bureau Relocates

January 19, 2011
From IndyBar
The Marion Superior Courts, Civil Division, and Circuit Court are pleased to announce that the Domestic Relations Counseling Bureau (D.R.C.B.) has relocated to the City County Building, East Wing, Fifth Floor, Room E540.
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IBA: New Leaders Take the Reins

January 19, 2011
From IndyBar
Already the 2011 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation are at work.
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IBA: It's Dues Renewal Time

January 19, 2011
From IndyBar
It's time to renew.
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Longtime Indy attorney dies

January 12, 2011
IL Staff
Merrill Moores, who loved the law and mentoring young attorneys, died Jan. 5. Moores is the father of a Marion County juvenile judge and an Indianapolis attorney.
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Talk to a Lawyer Today event seeks volunteers

January 6, 2011
Rebecca Berfanger
The annual Talk to a Lawyer Today event will take place on Jan. 17 at locations around the state. While the free CLE opportunities took place in late 2010, volunteers who want to participate may do so if they didn’t attend the CLE.
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Talk to a Lawyer needs volunteers, EBA moves

January 5, 2011
Rebecca Berfanger
The Talk to a Lawyer even on Jan. 17 still needs volunteers; the Evansville Bar Association recently moved and is promoting a tribute for an attorney who died in November 2010.
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IBA: Wentworth Named Indiana Tax Court Judge

January 5, 2011
From IndyBar
Governor Mitch Daniels has selected Indianapolis Bar Association member Martha B. Wentworth as the next Indiana Tax Court judge. Wentworth replaces Judge Thomas G. Fisher, who retired from the court on January 1.
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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  2. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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