Indianapolis Bar Association

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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IndyBar Frontlines - 10/8/14

October 8, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: IBF Fellows Serve Supper at Ronald McDonald House

October 8, 2014
From IndyBar
On Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) Distinguished Fellows gathered for a service project at the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana. Fellows and their families volunteered to prepare and serve a meal to around 40 guests who are family members of seriously ill or injured children.
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IndyBar: ADR Section Hosts Successful Annual Mediation Day

October 8, 2014
From IndyBar
On Friday, Sept. 26, the IndyBar Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section hosted its annual Mediation Day, which was coordinated by ADR Section Chair Phyllis Armstrong of The Mediation Group.
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IndyBar: Changes In Marion County Courts And Other Observations

September 24, 2014
From IndyBar
Judge Tim Oakes discusses the changes coming to Marion County court assignments.
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IndyBar Interrogatories - Jack Kenney

September 24, 2014
From IndyBar
Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Open for Recognition Awards

September 24, 2014
From IndyBar
This fall, IndyBar members will be honored for their contributions to our legal community. The Indianapolis legal community is fortunate to be home to many talented, dedicated professionals, and we need your help in identifying our colleagues who went above and beyond in 2014.
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Abrams: The IndyBar – More Than Just A Pretty Name

September 24, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
Nearly one year ago, at our board retreat, we asked all of the board members to write down as many programs, projects and services that the IndyBar provided. Admittedly, many of us, yours truly included, were only able to name from some to substantially less than all of the amazing good deeds in which we participate.
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IndyBar: Proposal for Citation of Memorandum Decisions Unanimously Rejected

September 24, 2014
Recently, the Indiana Supreme Court unanimously voted to reject the recommendation of three Indianapolis Bar Association sections to allow citations of memorandum decisions.
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New program gives attorneys an 'Intro to Indy'

September 10, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indianapolis Bar Association's "Intro to Indy" program will introduce attorneys to nonprofit agencies and give them leads on becoming more engaged in the community.
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IndyBar: Evening Under the Stars Through the Years

September 10, 2014
From IndyBar
People return year after year for Evening Under the Stars, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF)’s hallmark fundraising effort. The event, which takes place this year on Oct. 10, consists of an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions and, of course, a treasure trove of memories for those who attend.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 9/10/14

September 10, 2014
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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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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