Indianapolis Bar Association

Trimble: Reflections on a ‘Family Reunion’: Bench Bar 2015

July 1, 2015
John Trimble
It was over as quickly as it started ... an overdose of food, fun, friends and education. For me, as IndyBar president this year, Bench Bar 2015 will long be etched in my memory. It was all I had hoped it might be and more.
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IndyBar: Meet Antoinette Dakin Leach

July 1, 2015
From IndyBar
In 1893, Antoinette Dakin Leach made history as the first woman to challenge a bar admission denial based on gender.
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IndyBar: Are You The Next Nissa Ricafort?

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
In January, 2017, Nissa Ricafort will become the president of the Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar). One reason this is significant is because Ricafort will be the first IndyBar President who is also a graduate of the Bar Leader Series.
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Trimble: Do You Have a Brand?

June 17, 2015
John Trimble
Every professional meeting I attend these days seems to have a segment on the subject of “branding.” We are either being encouraged to develop a law firm brand or a personal brand, or both (At first I thought that a personal “brand” was just a euphemism for a tattoo, and the thought of a branding iron on my backside did not interest me.).
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IndyBar: Scholarships Top $200,000 Milestone

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
Twenty years ago, Rich Blaiklock received a scholarship from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, and the Lewis & Wagner LLP attorney remembers that it couldn’t have come at a better time.
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IndyBar: Incorrect Marion Superior Local Rule Published

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
The Marion Superior Court has announced that the local rule referenced in the 2015 Indiana Rules of Court Volume III- Local book published by Thomson Reuters does not contain the court’s current local rule regarding Writs of Attachment.
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IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Foundation to Award $35,000 Grant

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is now accepting applications through July 8, 2015, for its Impact Fund Grant of at least $35,000 to be awarded in early October 2015. Application instructions and additional information can be found at indybar.org/ibf.
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IndyBar: Arlene Morris Named IndyBar Paralegal of the Year

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2015. Morris will be recognized for this honor at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon, to be held Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Conrad Hotel.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, an honor named for the first woman who gained admittance to the Indiana Bar.
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IndyBar: Unlock Discounts with your IndyBar Membership

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
From solo practitioners to large firms, the pressure to cut costs in the legal profession is greater than ever. For IndyBar members, there’s an easy way to save money on everything from folders to flights from companies like Staples, Verizon and Expedia, simply through IndyBar membership.
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IndyBar: Bar Leader Series Class XII Demonstrates Leadership in Action

June 3, 2015
From IndyBar
Throughout the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series, the importance of motivating, inspiring and leading for the benefit of the profession and community is emphasized at every turn. Participants in Class XII of the series clearly took this to heart, sharing impactful, visionary community service projects at the Class XII Celebration, held May 19.
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IndyBar: See the Future at Bench Bar 2015

June 3, 2015
From IndyBar
If you go to the Bench Bar Conference, you will meet some of Indy’s finest legal professionals – it’s guaranteed. You’ll also get to learn from some of the most well-known and experienced practitioners in the field.
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IndyBar: You Can Make a Difference

June 3, 2015
Three hours out of 744. That’s all it takes to help a family in need—a few hours each month. The result? Happier, safer families leading to a happier, safer city.
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Trimble: Mentoring: Do You Have it in You?

June 3, 2015
John Trimble
I will never forget the first mentoring moment that I received from my legal mentor, Robert Wagner.
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IndyBar: The Country We Call Home – Protecting the Kids Who Do, Too

June 3, 2015
From IndyBar
Start off the CLE season strong by checking out Representing Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Proceedings on Thursday, June 11 from noon to 1 p.m.
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IndyBar: Total Overhaul to IndyBar Low Asset Will Program Proves Beneficial to Clients and Volunteers Alike

May 20, 2015
From IndyBar
After eight years of matching volunteer attorneys with qualifying applicants and recognizing a notable decline in the rate of conversion between application and completion of signed and witnessed documents, the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee changed the Low Asset Wills program format this year to create a two-day clinic, reaching individuals in their respective communities.
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IndyBar: The Talk: The First Step in End-of-Life Health Care Planning

May 20, 2015
From IndyBar
May is Elder Law Awareness Month. Recent bar admittee and IndyBar member Lori Craig shares important information that’s valuable both in the practice and in personal life.
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IndyBar: Leading Litigators Come to Louisville for Bench Bar 2015

May 20, 2015
From IndyBar
At the 2015 Bench Bar Conference, you’ll have the chance to hear from some of the nation’s leading legal experts. One such speaker is James “Jim” P. Cooney III, partner at Womble Carlyle in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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IndyBar: BENCH BAR 2015: Is it Too Good to Be True?

May 20, 2015
John Trimble
To all of you … my friends in the IndyBar, I am here today to break the rule:  Bench Bar 2015 is going to be off the charts GOOD, and while it may sound too good to be true, take my word for it.  It’s true.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono That Is Easier On Your Bottom Line

May 6, 2015
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Modest Means Project provides legal services to people who do not qualify for free representation but who cannot afford to pay attorney fees at ordinary rates.
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Trimble: Do You Hate Networking? Then Call it ‘Friend Making’

May 6, 2015
John Trimble
I was motivated to write this column when I overheard a lawyer say to another lawyer: “If I hear the word ‘networking’ again I am going to puke!
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IndyBar Frontlines - 5/6/15

May 6, 2015
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Financial Damages Expert Opinions: What’s the Difference?

April 22, 2015
From IndyBar
Oftentimes, it is curious how opposing financial damages experts, when presented with the same set of facts in a contested matter, can arrive at opinions with such wide disparities in their respective quantifications of damages.
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Trimble: The Time for a New Justice Center is Now

April 22, 2015
John Trimble
Your Indianapolis Bar Association continues to advocate for local government leaders to face the justice system facilities crisis head on, urging prompt action on whatever financing model can be agreed upon to move a project forward toward construction.
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IndyBar: Help the Homeless: Pro Bono Training and Free CLE Available at Upcoming Program

April 22, 2015
From IndyBar
Many people who call Indy home need legal assistance – even those without a home to live in. Attorneys have the opportunity to help homeless individuals with their legal issues, and an upcoming IndyBar program on April 29 will provide the training to do so.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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