Indianapolis Bar Association

Bar Crawl - 3/2/12

February 29, 2012
IL Staff
Read about events happening in Evansville and Indianapolis.
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IBA: Startup Launches as a Result of America Invents Act

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
For most patent attorneys, the American Invents Act has created an opportunity to engage clients on a variety of legal matters. For one Indianapolis-based entrepreneur, James Burnes of Project Brilliant, it sparked an opportunity to launch a new software venture.
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IBA: It's Legal Directory Time!

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar will release a new edition of the printed Indianapolis Bar Association Directory in Summer 2012.
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IBA: What's Up at the Statehouse?

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
Hear an update on pending legislation and get to know Indiana legislators at the IndyBar’s sixth annual seminar, “The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly,” which is hosted by the Bar’s Legislative Committee.
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Chinn: Examining the IndyBar Review

February 29, 2012
The IndyBar Review is a point of pride for the IndyBar. We are the only bar in the country to sponsor a bar review course.
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IndyBar Bench Bar Conference 2012

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
It’s not often lawyers and judges mix work and a good time, but over the past 19 years the IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference has become known as the premier event to do just that.
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IBA Frontlines - 3/2/12

February 29, 2012
Read news briefs from the IndyBar!
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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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  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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