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Wishard/Baker & Daniels Receives National Pro Bono Health Award

April 13, 2011
From IndyBar
Baker & Daniels LLP has received national recognition for its efforts working with Wishard Health Services to improve health care disparities by pooling resources provided by doctors, lawyers, social workers and educators.
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IBA: Nod to professionalism

April 13, 2011
From IndyBar
The Professionalism Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association extends a Nod to Professionalism to Assistant United States Attorney Bradley A. Blackington.
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IBA: Meet the Prosecutor Happy Hour

March 30, 2011
From IndyBar
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry at "Meet the Prosecutor Happy Hour."
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IBA: Expert Witnesses Merit Special Consideration

March 30, 2011
From IndyBar
Fifth in a series of articles on Witness Control and Cross Examination
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IBA: What You Need to Know About Student Loans

March 30, 2011
From IndyBar
Graduating from law school today without student loan debt is a rarity.
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Hebenstreit: Witnessing the Unimaginable

March 30, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Sometimes, world events are just too much to ignore.
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IBA: Where are the Great Paralegals?

March 30, 2011
From IndyBar
Do you know an outstanding paralegal that should be recognized for his or her work? Then nominate that individual for the 2011 Paralegal of the Year Award.
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IBA: Networking Today for Opportunities Tomorrow

March 30, 2011
From IndyBar
Never before has networking been more important to professional growth.
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IBA Frontlines

March 30, 2011
IBA Frontlines for March 30, 2011.
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Money and Ethics: "Non-refundable" Fees

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
It’s the beginning of a case and your client has agreed in writing to a $10,000 non-refundable retainer. You get to work. The case is messy. There are motions to prepare, witnesses to interview and your client is constantly calling for “updates.”
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IndyBar Adopts Policy on Social Media

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
More and more social media is being used as not just a personal form of communication, but as professional communication, as well. Recognizing the need to interact with its large membership, the Indianapolis Bar Association established a presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Time is Running Out to Volunteer

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Attorneys are needed to provide one-on-one legal counseling to members of the public during IndyBar’s Ask a Lawyer program on April 12 at the following Marion County Library locations from 2-4 p.m. or 4-6 p.m.
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Legal Hiring Expected to Remain Strong in Second Quarter

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Hiring in the legal field should remain strong in the second quarter of 2011, new research suggests.
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Law Student Scholarship Applications Now Available

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Annually, it awards academic and educational scholarships to deserving law students as one way of carrying out its mission – to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service. Applications for 2011 Academic and Educational Scholarships are now being accepted.
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IBA Frontlines - March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Learn more about what is happening at the IBA today!
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Seminar: The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly

March 16, 2011
View photos from the IBA 2011 Lawyer-Legislator panel.
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Looking on the Bright Side...

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
I freely admit this is the time of year that I question my family’s decision to establish our residence north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Going for weeks on end without sunshine is not good for one’s soul. In Indiana, March is the month that typically throws a couple of cruel jokes this way. About the time Hoosiers become convinced that we have turned the corner and Spring has really arrived, the weather gods typically throw in a last winter storm (or two).
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IBA: The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Award Luncheon

March 2, 2011

View photos from the 2011 luncheon.

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IBA: Jim Voyles - The Epitome of a Buchanan Award Recipient

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Award of Excellence is presented “from time to time”. It is intended to both reward the accomplishments of the recipient and to inspire others to such service. James H. Voyles, Jr. of Voyles Zahn Paul Hogan & Merriman was determined to be a worthy recipient and by the comments made at a recent luncheon in his honor, he certainly epitomizes the lawyer deserving of such recognition.
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IBA Frontlines

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
IBA Frontlines for March 2, 2011.
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IBA: AIB Leadership Announced

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
When the Indianapolis Bar Association created the first-of-its-kind Attorneys for an Independent Bench (“AIB”) PAC last year, it charted a new course to address public perception of lawyers and the legal system.
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IBA: Ogletree Deakins Names Keltner Managing Shareholder

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. has named Kristin Keltner as managing shareholder of the firm’s Indianapolis office.
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Hebenstreit: One Lunch Hour You Shouldn't Skip

March 2, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
On March 24th, the IndyBar hosts its annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” from noon to 1 PM at the Conrad Hotel.
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IBA: Special Situations That Are Not Unique in Witness Control

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
When cross examining a witness it’s not unusual to be confronted with the “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” witness. Evasive answers like “I don’t know or I can’t remember” shouldn’t necessarily frustrate the cross-examiner.
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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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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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