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IndyBar Frontlines - 12/17/14

December 17, 2014
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Abrams: A Loss for Civility

December 17, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
Last month, Zeff Weiss, a friend of mine, a friend to his partners, a friend to the Real Estate and Land Use Section, a friend to many, and a father of four and husband of a fellow attorney passed away from a short battle with cancer.
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IndyBar: The Evolution of Law: 50-Year Practitioners Look Back

December 3, 2014
From IndyBar
To get a better idea of what it means to spend 50 years devoted to the profession, some of these members shared an inside glimpse at some of their best memories in the field. Read on to see what has changed and which experiences have left a lasting impression.
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IndyBar: Save the Date for the 2015 Installation Luncheon

December 3, 2014
From IndyBar
The New Year is just weeks away…Make sure to mark your brand-new 2015 calendar now for the upcoming Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.
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Duncan: Thinking about Year-End Giving? Make a True Impact with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

December 3, 2014
From IndyBar
The final months of 2014 are now upon us and with the year-end quickly closing in, many of you are considering your giving options. I’ll happily take this opportunity to share my insight as to why you should put our Indianapolis Bar Foundation at the top of your list.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

December 3, 2014
From IndyBar
New admittees to the Indiana Bar gathered with seasoned pros to get the scoop on what it’s REALLY like to practice law in Indy at the IndyBar’s New Admittee Roundtable and Reception on Monday, November 17.
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IBA Frontlines - 12/3/14

December 3, 2014
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Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Role Models from the Bench and Bar

November 19, 2014
From IndyBar
John R. Maley writes about his role models in the legal profession.
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IndyBar: It’s Dues Renewal Time!

November 19, 2014
From IndyBar
Renew your membership in the only local organization singularly committed to the Indianapolis legal community and its practitioners. Bolstered by more than 5,000 members, the Indianapolis Bar Association and its leaders work tirelessly to provide resources, programming and initiatives to make your career more successful, more efficient, and more satisfying.
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IndyBar: Event Connects Pro Bono Providers and Social Service Agencies

November 19, 2014
From IndyBar
Among community-focused organizations in Indianapolis, the mission is often the same—assisting neighbors in need. But what happens when a question or situation arises that is outside of the scope or expertise of an agency or organization?
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Abrams: Leaders and Volunteers Recognized at Annual Luncheon

November 19, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
If you did not attend the IndyBar Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 13, you really missed out. We were able to recognize a select group of stellar performers to our profession and the IndyBar during the course of the year.
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IndyBar Hosts Largest Pro Bono Event in its History

November 5, 2014
From IndyBar
The recent Ask a Lawyer event is the largest in the IndyBar's history.
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Abrams: Marion County Judicial Elections—Where Do We Go From Here?

November 5, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
The IndyBar has looked at this issue for quite some time dating back to the early 1990s in an effort to establish a process where we could continue to have the same quality of judges currently on the bench while protecting the financial integrity of those attorneys who run for judge and creating an independent bench that can withstand scrutiny from the public.
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IndyBar: 2015 Pro Bono Clerkship in Consumer Law Available

November 5, 2014
From IndyBar
Heartland Pro Bono Council is currently seeking candidates for a 2015 Pro Bono Clerkship in Consumer Law.
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IndyBar: Upcoming Pro Bono Trainings

November 5, 2014
From IndyBar

Interested in getting involved in local pro bono programs? Upcoming trainings offered by both the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic combine training to prepare you to serve with low cost—or free—continuing legal education credits.

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IndyBar: Getting Along Is Not Wrong

November 5, 2014
From IndyBar
The latest installment from the IndyBar on professionalism.
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IndyBar to Offer Labor and Employment Guidance for Local Small Businesses

November 5, 2014
From IndyBar
For a small business owner, navigating labor and employment laws can be one of the most difficult and potentially costly parts about doing business. A program offered by the IndyBar Labor & Employment Law Section seeks to lessen this burden by providing employers with valuable tips and information in an informal—and affordable—setting.
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IndyBar: Recognition Awards Honor Indy’s Leading Legal Professionals

October 22, 2014
From IndyBar
Each year, the IndyBar takes time to honor and celebrate local leaders with innovative ideas at the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Recognition Luncheon. On Thursday, Nov. 13, join your colleagues at the Columbia Club at noon as we recognize the following individuals and initiatives that have made outstanding contributions to the legal profession. Registration for the event can be found at www.indybar.org/events.
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IndyBar: Executive Director Honored with 2014 Indiana Women of Achievement Award

October 22, 2014
From IndyBar
Ball State University has named Indianapolis Bar Association Executive Director Julie Armstrong a 2014 recipient of the Indiana Women of Achievement Award. This award is given by the university’s Task Force on the Status of Women each year to five women across the state “who enrich the lives of others through outstanding accomplishments in a variety of fields.
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IndyBar: Generosity Shines Bright at the Evening Under the Stars

October 22, 2014
The IBF’s 2014 Evening Under the Stars Dinner and Auction was a resounding success. Thanks to all of you who were able to attend the dinner, donated items to the silent or live auctions or donated your time planning and setting up the event.
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IndyBar's Getting Along Is Not Wrong: An (Unofficial) Mentor

October 22, 2014
From IndyBar
From Ms. Kelley J. Johnson, Cohen & Malad LLP: I have been blessed to be mentored by John Maley for about 13 years. It’s not an official mentor-mentee relationship; I don’t even work for John or his firm.
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Head West with the IndyBar!

October 22, 2014
From IndyBar
Looking for an excuse for a late fall trip to Vegas? It’s not too late to register for the IndyBar’s 2014 Destination CLE, to be held Thursday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 8!
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IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Introduces Legacy Fund

October 8, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is pleased to announce the formation of its new Legacy Fund, a planned giving initiative that ensures that the mission of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation – to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service – will continue to positively impact our community and our profession for generations to follow.
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Abrams: Professionalism and Civility

October 8, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
This past week made two marks on my personal challenge to promote and encourage professionalism and civility.
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IndyBar: Getting Along Isn’t Wrong: Family Law Role Models

October 8, 2014
From IndyBar
Eric Olson highlights three attorneys who have stood out over the years for getting along with opposing counsel.
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  1. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) End of Year Report 2014. (page 13) Under the current system many local registering agencies are challenged just keeping up with registration paperwork. It takes an hour or more to process each registrant, the majority of whom are low risk offenders. As a result law enforcement cannot monitor higher risk offenders more intensively in the community due to the sheer numbers on the registry. Some of the consequences of lengthy and unnecessary registration requirements actually destabilize the life’s of registrants and those -such as families- whose lives are often substantially impacted. Such consequences are thought to raise levels of known risk factors while providing no discernible benefit in terms of community safety. The full report is available online at. http://www.casomb.org/index.cfm?pid=231 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs United States of America. The overall conclusion is that Megan’s law has had no demonstrated effect on sexual offenses in New Jersey, calling into question the justification for start-up and operational costs. Megan’s Law has had no effect on time to first rearrest for known sex offenders and has not reduced sexual reoffending. Neither has it had an impact on the type of sexual reoffense or first-time sexual offense. The study also found that the law had not reduced the number of victims of sexual offenses. The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/app/publications/abstract.aspx? ID=247350 The University of Chicago Press for The Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago and The University of Chicago Law School Article DOI: 10.1086/658483 Conclusion. The data in these three data sets do not strongly support the effectiveness of sex offender registries. The national panel data do not show a significant decrease in the rate of rape or the arrest rate for sexual abuse after implementation of a registry via the Internet. The BJS data that tracked individual sex offenders after their release in 1994 did not show that registration had a significantly negative effect on recidivism. And the D.C. crime data do not show that knowing the location of sex offenders by census block can help protect the locations of sexual abuse. This pattern of noneffectiveness across the data sets does not support the conclusion that sex offender registries are successful in meeting their objectives of increasing public safety and lowering recidivism rates. The full report is available online at. http://www.jstor.org/stable/full/10.1086/658483 These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of conclusions and reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. People, including the media and other organizations should not rely on and reiterate the statements and opinions of the legislators or other people as to the need for these laws because of the high recidivism rates and the high risk offenders pose to the public which simply is not true and is pure hyperbole and fiction. They should rely on facts and data collected and submitted in reports from the leading authorities and credible experts in the fields such as the following. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 0.8% (page 30) The full report is available online at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/Research_Documents/2014_Outcome_Evaluation_Report_7-6-2015.pdf California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) (page 38) Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 1.8% The full report is available online at. http://www.google.com/url?sa= t&source=web&cd=1&ved= 0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F% 2Fwww.cdcr.ca.gov%2FAdult_ Research_Branch%2FResearch_ documents%2FOutcome_ evaluation_Report_2013.pdf&ei= C9dSVePNF8HfoATX-IBo&usg=AFQjCNE9I6ueHz-o2mZUnuxLPTyiRdjDsQ Bureau of Justice Statistics 5 PERCENT OF SEX OFFENDERS REARRESTED FOR ANOTHER SEX CRIME WITHIN 3 YEARS OF PRISON RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. Within 3 years following their 1994 state prison release, 5.3 percent of sex offenders (men who had committed rape or sexual assault) were rearrested for another sex crime, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The full report is available online at. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm Document title; A Model of Static and Dynamic Sex Offender Risk Assessment Author: Robert J. McGrath, Michael P. Lasher, Georgia F. Cumming Document No.: 236217 Date Received: October 2011 Award Number: 2008-DD-BX-0013 Findings: Study of 759 adult male offenders under community supervision Re-arrest rate: 4.6% after 3-year follow-up The sexual re-offense rates for the 746 released in 2005 are much lower than what many in the public have been led to expect or believe. These low re-offense rates appear to contradict a conventional wisdom that sex offenders have very high sexual re-offense rates. The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/236217.pdf Document Title: SEX OFFENDER SENTENCING IN WASHINGTON STATE: RECIDIVISM RATES BY: Washington State Institute For Public Policy. A study of 4,091 sex offenders either released from prison or community supervision form 1994 to 1998 and examined for 5 years Findings: Sex Crime Recidivism Rate: 2.7% Link to Report: http://www.oncefallen.com/files/Washington_SO_Recid_2005.pdf Document Title: Indiana’s Recidivism Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Year BY: Indiana Department of Correction 2009. The recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%, one of the lowest in the nation. In a time when sex offenders continue to face additional post-release requirements that often result in their return to prison for violating technical rules such as registration and residency restrictions, the instances of sex offenders returning to prison due to the commitment of a new sex crime is extremely low. Findings: sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05% Link to Report: http://www.in.gov/idoc/files/RecidivismRelease.pdf Once again, These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. No one can doubt that child sexual abuse is traumatic and devastating. The question is not whether the state has an interest in preventing such harm, but whether current laws are effective in doing so. Megan’s law is a failure and is destroying families and their children’s lives and is costing tax payers millions upon millions of dollars. The following is just one example of the estimated cost just to implement SORNA which many states refused to do. From Justice Policy Institute. Estimated cost to implement SORNA Here are some of the estimates made in 2009 expressed in 2014 current dollars: California, $66M; Florida, $34M; Illinois, $24M; New York, $35M; Pennsylvania, $22M; Texas, $44M. In 2014 dollars, Virginia’s estimate for implementation was $14M, and the annual operating cost after that would be $10M. For the US, the total is $547M. That’s over half a billion dollars – every year – for something that doesn’t work. http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/08-08_FAC_SORNACosts_JJ.pdf. Attempting to use under-reporting to justify the existence of the registry is another myth, or a lie. This is another form of misinformation perpetrated by those who either have a fiduciary interest in continuing the unconstitutional treatment of a disfavored group or are seeking to justify their need for punishment for people who have already paid for their crime by loss of their freedom through incarceration and are now attempting to reenter society as honest citizens. When this information is placed into the public’s attention by naive media then you have to wonder if the media also falls into one of these two groups that are not truly interested in reporting the truth. Both of these groups of people that have that type of mentality can be classified as vigilantes, bullies, or sociopaths, and are responsible for the destruction of our constitutional values and the erosion of personal freedoms in this country. I think the media or other organizations need to do a in depth investigation into the false assumptions and false data that has been used to further these laws and to research all the collateral damages being caused by these laws and the unconstitutional injustices that are occurring across the country. They should include these injustices in their report so the public can be better informed on what is truly happening in this country on this subject. Thank you for your time.

  2. Freedom as granted in the Constitution cannot be summarily disallowed without Due Process. Unable to to to the gym, church, bowling alley? What is this 1984 level nonsense? Congrats to Brian for having the courage to say that this was enough! and Congrats to the ACLU on the win!

  3. America's hyper-phobia about convicted sex offenders must end! Politicians must stop pandering to knee-jerk public hysteria. And the public needs to learn the facts. Research by the California Sex Offender Management Board as shown a recidivism rate for convicted sex offenders of less than 1%. Less than 1%! Furthermore, research shows that by year 17 after their conviction, a convicted sex offender is no more likely to commit a new sex offense than any other member of the public. Put away your torches and pitchforks. Get the facts. Stop hysteria.

  4. He was convicted 23 years ago. How old was he then? He probably was a juvenile. People do stupid things, especially before their brain is fully developed. Why are we continuing to punish him in 2016? If he hasn't re-offended by now, it's very, very unlikely he ever will. He paid for his mistake sufficiently. Let him live his life in peace.

  5. This year, Notre Dame actually enrolled an equal amount of male and female students.

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