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IndyBar Frontlines - 5/6/15

May 6, 2015
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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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IndyBar: Register today for Bench Bar 2015!

April 22, 2015
From IndyBar
Call it Bench Bar 2.0: the event IndyBar members have grown to love over the last 20 years is back and better than ever, with nationally known speakers and a rejuvenated format featuring quick-hitting, high-impact TEDTalk style sessions on fresh, thought-provoking topics.
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IndyBar: ‘Move forward aggressively’ on justice center vote

April 20, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indianapolis Bar Association urged the Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council on Monday to "move forward aggressively to construct the criminal justice facilities our city's citizens require."
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IndyBar: Women and the Law Division Mentoring Program Off to a Strong Start

April 8, 2015
From IndyBar
The Women and the Law Division (WLD) is proud to announce that it is continuing its mentoring program for the fourth consecutive year.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Open for IndyBar Paralegal of the Year Award

April 8, 2015
From IndyBar
Assistance from qualified and competent paralegals is crucial to the success of many attorneys. This year, make sure to recognize the important paralegal in your life by submitting a Paralegal of the Year Award nomination.
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Trimble: ‘Reflections on a Lawyer’s Role in a Firestorm’

April 8, 2015
John Trimble
I would venture to say that every lawyer in our association was consulted by someone about the meaning of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 4/8/15

April 8, 2015
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Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Delivering Peace of Mind: Low Asset Wills Program Expands for 2015

April 8, 2015
From IndyBar
For years, IndyBar attorneys have helped community members living in poverty to safeguard their futures through the bar’s Low Asset Wills Program.
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IndyBar: Bench Bar Just Got Better: Registration Now Open!

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
Call it Bench Bar 2.0: the event IndyBar members have grown to love over the last 20 years is back and better than ever, with nationally known speakers and a rejuvenated format featuring quick-hitting, high-impact TEDTalk style sessions on fresh, thought-provoking topics.
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IndyBar: The Last of the Firsts: Feeding the Pipeline through the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
In a February issue of Indiana Lawyer, the Marion County Bar Association (MCBA) and Indianapolis Bar Association paid collaborative tribute to our local African-American trailblazers in honor of Black History Month. In reading this “Celebration of Trailblazers,” I was struck by the relative youth of our central Indiana legal pioneers, many of whom I have had the recent privilege of working alongside as either a judicial clerk, law firm associate or board member of the MCBA. As this “Celebration of Trailblazers” made clear, a good number of our local firsts have been achieved since the turn of the millennium.
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IndyBar: Volunteer Opportunity: ‘The Great Indy Cleanup’

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
IndyBar volunteers rolled up their sleeves to paint a mural in Fountain Square in spring 2014. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference this year!
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Trimble: ‘To Be or Not to Be…Connected 24/7’

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
I woke up this morning and did what most people now do…I grabbed my smart phone and scanned my email inbox for overnight news. I saw immediately that a client had written me at 2:36 a.m. to respond to an email that I had written at 5:45 p.m. the day before. I responded back to him at 5:30 a.m.
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IndyBar Frontlines 3/25/15

March 25, 2015
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IndyBar: Don’t Miss Out on Free CLE Fridays at the IndyBar

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
Get free CLE with your IndyBar membership!
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IndyBar: Work Hard AND Play Hard with the Solo/Small Firm Section

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Practice Section would like to invite everyone to our upcoming CLE and Social on April 20, 2015.
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IndyBar: Intellectual Property Section Patent Bar Scholarships Recipients Announced

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Intellectual Property Section is pleased to award its 2015 Patent Bar Scholarships to Prianka Ghanta and Kevin Oschman of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
See photos from the March 18 Lawyer to Business event!
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IndyBar: Go Back to the Classroom with Associate 101

March 11, 2015
From IndyBar
There’s a lot to learn when starting your law career. Even if you’ve only spent one day on the job, you’ve probably already figured out that there are never enough hours in the day – lawyers are busy people whether it is year one or year 31!
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IndyBar: Turtlenecks, the New England Patriots & What That Tattoo Says About Your Client

March 11, 2015
From IndyBar
Sometime in 2002, when I was still a public defender, I discovered that I was the only one in the courtroom without one.
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Trimble: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: It’s Time To Pay Attention

March 11, 2015
John Trimble
In my spare time, I have the pleasure of chairing the Law Practice Management committee of a national bar association. My duties have taken me all over the place to attend seminars, symposia and managing partner forums to learn about the challenges facing our profession. One theme has been constant at every meeting, namely, that rank and file lawyers are not paying attention.
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IndyBar Frontlines: 3/11/15

March 11, 2015
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Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Bar Leaders Impact the Community Through Class XII Service Projects

March 11, 2015
From IndyBar
For the past six months, members of the IndyBar Leader Series Class XII have been learning what it means to be a leader, both in their legal careers and in their respective communities and organizations.
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  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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