Indianapolis Bar Association

IndyBar: Save Time and Simplify Your Practice with IndyBar Resources and Member Benefits

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
It’s resolution time. Whether you’ve resolved to become more efficient, to save money or to become more effective in your practice, the IndyBar has a member benefit or resource available to help you along the path to resolution success.
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IndyBar: Start the New Year with a Clean Closet — And Help Local Students ‘Suit Up’

December 16, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and Law Student Division are teaming up to form a program called “Suited Up.” The concept is simple: provide college-bound seniors, both men and women, from low-income households with dress clothes.
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Trimble: No Time Like Now to Commit to Your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions!

December 16, 2015
John Trimble
A couple of days ago, I was rummaging through some old papers when I found my 2008 New Year’s resolutions. As I read over them, I thought to myself, “Johnny boy, I think you need to dust these off and try again, but let’s have a little better effort this time!”
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IndyBar Frontlines - 12/16/15

December 16, 2015
From IndyBar
Read news from around the bar association.
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IndyBar: Getting along is not wrong - James A. Edgar

December 16, 2015
From IndyBar
Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior.
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IndyBar: Overview of the Major Changes to the Indiana Child Support Guidelines

December 2, 2015
From IndyBar
On Nov. 5, 2015, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an Order Amending the Indiana Child Support Guidelines (“Guidelines”).
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Trimble: Please ... Tell Me Why Not?

December 2, 2015
John Trimble
Within the past two weeks I have had the pleasure of being a part of the 2016 planning retreats for the sections, committees and board of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the board of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IndyBar:Legal Help Brings Light to Life’s Darkest Moments

December 2, 2015
From IndyBar
When fear, worry and pain make life dark, you can be the light. Local hospice patients facing end-of-life legal matters get free assistance from the IndyBar Hospice Program–and we need you to help!
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IndyBar: Share Savings with Your Employees at No Cost to You

December 2, 2015
From IndyBar
Here’s a holiday gift for your whole firm: Indianapolis Bar Association members can now offer firm members and employees—both legal and non-legal—discounts through NPP.
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IndyBar: Get Tips, Year’s Worth of CLE Credit

November 18, 2015
From IndyBar
These are challenging times for lawyers and law firms, especially for solo and small firm practitioners. Whether you are newly graduated, considering transitioning to the solo/small firm world or a seasoned pro, the IndyBar’s Survive & Thrive 2015 program coming up on Wed., Dec. 9 will help you build and brush up on essential tools, information and connections to help move beyond surviving and into thriving in the practice of law.
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Trimble: ‘Believe What You Wish To Believe: The Decision Is Yours’

November 18, 2015
John Trimble
On Friday, Nov. 6th, I had the opportunity to represent the Indianapolis Bar Association at a very special naturalization ceremony that was conducted at the site of the 39th annual Indy International Festival. One hundred and ninety five individuals from 62 countries took the oath of citizenship that day and became newly-minted United States citizens.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

November 18, 2015
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Frontlines - 11/18/15

November 18, 2015
From IndyBar
News from the IndyBar.
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Bar associations work hard to show young lawyers the benefits of membership

November 4, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Organizations are working hard to welcome, attract and retain the young professionals because this new group shows little inclination to joining. Bar associations, like associations in different industries, are seeing millennials shy away from being part of an organized group.
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IndyBar: Recognition Awards Honor Indy’s Leading Legal Professionals

November 4, 2015
From IndyBar
Each year, the IndyBar takes time to honor and celebrate local leaders with innovative ideas through the Recognition Awards.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono: Do It And Do It Well

November 4, 2015
From IndyBar
Pro Bono Spotlight On: Michael A. Rogers, Quarles & Brady
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IndyBar: Committee Positions Available for 2016

November 4, 2015
From IndyBar
Would you like to network with your legal community and have fun through the practice of law? Volunteer to serve on an Indianapolis Bar Association committee. Appointments are now being made to the 2016 committees.
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Trimble: Have You Hired A Contract Lawyer Lately?

November 4, 2015
John Trimble
In a perfect world, my dream would be for every job seeker to land a full-time position. I would also hope that all of you could find the time to network and mentor our colleagues who cannot find work. In the meantime, I have one question for you: “Have you hired a contract lawyer lately?"
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IndyBar: Getting to Know Your Judicial Officers

November 4, 2015
From IndyBar
This is the sixth installment in the Solo/Small Firm Practice Section’s “Getting to Know Your Judicial Officers” series.
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IndyBar: IBF Fellows Give Back at Gleaners

November 4, 2015
From IndyBar
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana works to feed the hungry across the state, and on Oct. 21, Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellows pitched in to help them do just that during the Fellows service event.
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IndyBar: Shadley Honored with ADL Award

October 21, 2015
From IndyBar
Local trailblazer Sue Shadley, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, was honored as the 2015 recipient of the Women and the Law Division’s Antoinette Dakin Leach Award at a luncheon held in her honor on Monday, Oct. 12 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
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IndyBar: Nearly 600 Helped at Ask a Lawyer

October 21, 2015
From IndyBar
At Ask a Lawyer on Oct. 13, more than 100 IndyBar paralegal and attorney volunteers stepped out of their offices and into sites across Indy to provide meaningful advice and assistance to 596 Hoosiers.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

October 21, 2015
The IndyBar Family Law Section and Pro Bono Standing Committee hosted “Show Up to Sign Up,” a one-stop shop to connect attorneys and local organizations in search of volunteer help, on Wednesday, October 14.
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IndyBar: Pre-Suit Mediation: A Courtroom Detour

October 21, 2015
From IndyBar
Pre-suit mediation is a solution that many legal professionals overlook when it comes to their clients’ cases, which prompted the IndyBar ADR Section to host a CLE program on the topic on Oct. 28.
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Trimble: ‘A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart,’ Revisited

October 21, 2015
John Trimble
While Dr. King’s sermon was written and preached to Christians, his message applied equally to all enlightened human beings.
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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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