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IndyBar: Ransberger and Johnson Recipients of 2015 Professionalism Awards

September 9, 2015
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee has named Magistrate Victoria Ransberger of Marion Superior Court the 2015 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, while Ruth Johnson of the Marion County Public Defender Agency has been awarded the bar’s Professionalism Award.
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Reasons to Consider Engaging a Forensic Accountant

September 9, 2015
Jordan Kraner
Forensic accountants utilize a variety of specialized skills, including auditing, accounting and investigative skills. A forensic accountant is different from a traditional accountant, such as a tax preparer or bookkeeper.
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Resistance is Futile, Join a Bar Association

September 9, 2015
Terrance Tharpe
If I as “Terrance Prime” had access to the lawyer sworn in twelve years ago, I would tell him—among many other things—to get and stay involved in bar and community activities.
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IndyBar: Shadley Named 2015 Antoinette Dakin Leach Recipient

September 9, 2015
From IndyBar
Each year, the IndyBar Women and the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award to recognize the accomplishments of a female attorney in central Indiana. This year’s recipient is Sue Shadley, of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun.
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IndyBar: 2012 IBF Grantee Continues Good Work

August 26, 2015
Carolyn Hall
Each year, Teen Court reaches out to more than 600 youth and their families through multiple intervention and diversion programs, including an in-school Teen Court model.
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IndyBar: Getting Along is Not Wrong

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
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IndyBar: CLE Series to Tackle Legal Issues Surrounding Use of Force

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
Throughout the past months, the debate on police use of force has intensified. But how does this national issue relate to the practice of Indy lawyers?
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
Members of the bar mingled with trial and appellate-level judges from local, state and federal courts at the Indy Attorneys Network section’s annual “At the Bar with the Bench” event on Thursday, August 20.
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When a Barking Dog is a Good Thing: Some Tips for Success for Young Lawyers

August 26, 2015
John Trimble
There is no shortage of sources for lawyers of all ages to receive tips on how to succeed. The tips that follow in this article are just a few that have been passed along to me by my mentors through the years.
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IndyBar: Scholarship Available to Health Law Conference

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Health Care & Life Sciences Section is pleased to announce it is offering scholarships for the American Health Lawyers Association Fundamentals of Health Law Conference, November 15-17, 2015, in Chicago.
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IndyBar: Going Green Leads to Better Health Care

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
Studies show a direct link between health outcomes and human performance with the quality of both the built and natural environment.
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Disruptive Innovation: Lawyers Must Pay Attention

August 12, 2015
John Trimble
Everyone who will potentially be impacted by new innovations must study the competition and be prepared to adapt their practice so that competition with the innovators will be possible.
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IndyBar: Getting along is not wrong

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
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IndyBar: Nominations Due for Professionalism Awards

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due on Thursday, August 20.
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IndyBar: Impact in Action

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
The Joseph Maley Foundation is the recipient of the 2014 Impact Fund, providing support and guidance to local kids and families.
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IndyBar: Go Green and Be Seen!

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
Going green is red hot across the nation - from recycling initiatives to political campaigns, it’s a topic that is constantly in the air.
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IndyBar: Civility, Courtesy, Respect

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
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IndyBar: Nominations for IndyBar Board Due August 13

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
The nomination period for the 2016 IndyBar Board of Directors is underway, and the Hon. Heather Welch of Marion Superior Court has been appointed to chair the effort.
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Implicit Bias: We All Have It

July 29, 2015
John Trimble
Implicit biases are the fabric of who we are. They are the product of our upbringing, education, experiences, neighborhoods, television, social media and what we have consciously learned or unconsciously learned from our families and friends.
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IndyBar: Free CLE Available at Pro Bono Training

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the IndyBar have teamed up to offer a free training on August 15 to empower local attorneys to help children who desperately need legal assistance.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for Board of Directors

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
The nomination period has begun for the 2016 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Hon. Heather Welch of Marion Superior Court has been appointed to chair the effort. Judge Welch will lead a committee of members in selecting a slate of officers for the coming year.
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IndyBar: Talking Points with the Top Paralegal

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2015.
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Solo and Small Practice: It Takes Courage and Strength

July 15, 2015
John Trimble
Despite the challenges, fears and demands of solo and small practice, legal market experts tell us that more and more newly minted lawyers are entering law as solo and small firm owners.
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Getting to Know Your Judicial Officers: Judge Jose D. Salinas

July 15, 2015
Sean Hessler
Feeling comfortable in court can help you provide better advocacy for your client and getting to know your local judges can help improve your practice.
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IndyBar: Welcomes New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
For attorneys, the courtroom is often rife with conflict and anxiety. But for some hopeful individuals, the courtroom is where their dreams of becoming United States citizens officially become reality.
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  1. Falk said “At this point, at this minute, we’ll savor this particular victory.” “It certainly is a historic week on this front,” Cockrum said. “What a delight ... “Happy Independence Day to the women of the state of Indiana,” WOW. So we broke with England for the right to "off" our preborn progeny at will, and allow the processing plant doing the dirty deeds (dirt cheap) to profit on the marketing of those "products of conception." I was completely maleducated on our nation's founding, it would seem. (But I know the ACLU is hard at work to remedy that, too.)

  2. congratulations on such balanced journalism; I also love how fetus disposal affects women's health protection, as covered by Roe...

  3. It truly sickens me every time a case is compared to mine. The Indiana Supreme Court upheld my convictions based on a finding of “hidden threats.” The term “hidden threat” never appeared until the opinion in Brewington so I had no way of knowing I was on trial for making hidden threats because Dearborn County Prosecutor F Aaron Negangard argued the First Amendment didn't protect lies. Negangard convened a grand jury to investigate me for making “over the top” and “unsubstantiated” statements about court officials, not hidden threats of violence. My indictments and convictions were so vague, the Indiana Court of Appeals made no mention of hidden threats when they upheld my convictions. Despite my public defender’s closing arguments stating he was unsure of exactly what conduct the prosecution deemed to be unlawful, Rush found that my lawyer’s trial strategy waived my right to the fundamental error of being tried for criminal defamation because my lawyer employed a strategy that attempted to take advantage of Negangard's unconstitutional criminal defamation prosecution against me. Rush’s opinion stated the prosecution argued two grounds for conviction one constitutional and one not, however the constitutional true threat “argument” consistently of only a blanket reading of subsection 1 of the intimidation statute during closing arguments, making it impossible to build any kind of defense. Of course intent was impossible for my attorney to argue because my attorney, Rush County Chief Public Defender Bryan Barrett refused to meet with me prior to trial. The record is littered with examples of where I made my concerns known to the trial judge that I didn’t know the charges against me, I did not have access to evidence, all while my public defender refused to meet with me. Special Judge Brian Hill, from Rush Superior Court, refused to address the issue with my public defender and marched me to trial without access to evidence or an understanding of the indictments against me. Just recently the Indiana Public Access Counselor found that four over four years Judge Hill has erroneously denied access to the grand jury audio from my case, the most likely reason being the transcription of the grand jury proceedings omitted portions of the official audio record. The bottom line is any intimidation case involves an action or statement that is debatably a threat of physical violence. There were no such statements in my case. The Indiana Supreme Court took partial statements I made over a period of 41 months and literally connected them with dots… to give the appearance that the statements were made within the same timeframe and then claimed a person similarly situated would find the statements intimidating while intentionally leaving out surrounding contextual factors. Even holding the similarly situated test was to be used in my case, the prosecution argued that the only intent of my public writings was to subject the “victims” to ridicule and hatred so a similarly situated jury instruction wouldn't even have applied in my case. Chief Justice Rush wrote the opinion while Rush continued to sit on a committee with one of the alleged victims in my trial and one of the judges in my divorce, just as she'd done for the previous 7+ years. All of this information, including the recent PAC opinion against the Dearborn Superior Court II can be found on my blog www.danbrewington.blogspot.com.

  4. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  5. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

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