Indianapolis Bar Association

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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IndyBar: Getting Along Is Not Wrong: Law and the Golden Rule

September 10, 2014
From IndyBar
How often have you filed an emergency Motion for Continuance only to have an opposing counsel file an “Objection for the Record?” Frankly, I am amazed at how often attorneys file these coded objections to let the court know that while the attorney has no real objection, he or she is filing it only on behalf of the client.
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IndyBar: Ricafort to Lead Indianapolis Bar Association in 2017

September 10, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of Nissa M. Ricafort of Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC as the 2017 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Ricafort will serve as the association’s First Vice President on the 2015 Board of Directors and as President Elect in 2016.
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IndyBar: Straight Talk Straight from the Top

August 27, 2014
From IndyBar
Members of the current IndyBar Board of Directors discuss their roles, responsibilities and also offer advice to those considering serving on the board in 2015.
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IndyBar: Evening Under the Stars Preparation is Underway

August 27, 2014
From IndyBar
In just a few weeks, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) will host its annual fundraiser, the Evening Under the Stars Dinner & Auction. The event features an elegant dinner, cocktails, live entertainment and silent and live auctions – all while attendees have the chance to mingle with Indy’s top legal professionals.
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Abrams: Law School Orientation—Oh, To Be Young Again!

August 27, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
I had the honor of attending law school orientation on Saturday, August 16 at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. I sat on the dais with the Honorable Jose Salinas of Marion Superior Court, the Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and McKinney School of Law Dean Andrew Klein.
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IndyBar: A Collective ‘Thank You’ at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon

August 27, 2014
From IndyBar
Paralegals play an invaluable role in the legal profession. This sentiment was proven by the outstanding turnout at the 2014 IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon as more than 150 attorneys, judges, and of course, paralegals gathered to enjoy conversation, lunch and even a laugh on August 14.
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IndyBar: Volunteers Needed for Family Law/Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Cases

August 27, 2014
From IndyBar
Since early 2013, the IndyBar and local legal service providers have been teaming up to provide pro bono help in family law cases. More than 100 cases have been placed as a result of these efforts, and additional volunteers are needed to continue this successful partnership.
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IndyBar: Road Mapping with 2015 IndyBar President John C. Trimble

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
The nominations for IndyBar’s 2015 Board of Directors are now open, and it’s up to you to help determine the future of your local bar association! We talked to next year’s president, John C. Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP, to get a roadmap of what board members can expect from board participation in 2015.
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IndyBar Names Dickson and Kappes Recipients of 2014 Professionalism Awards

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee has named Chief Justice Brent Dickson of the Indiana Supreme Court the 2014 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, while Philip “Skip” Kappes of Lewis & Kappes has been awarded the bar’s Professionalism Award.
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IndyBar to Host Criminal Justice Complex Forum

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
IndyBar members are invited to attend an upcoming open forum on plans for the city’s proposed consolidated criminal justice complex. The forum will take place Monday, Aug. 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the IndyBar Education Center. It is offered to IndyBar members at no charge. Pre-registration is not required.
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Abrams: Sections, Committees and Divisions, Oh My!

August 13, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
Each quarter, I have the opportunity to listen to the chairs of all the Indianapolis Bar Association’s sections, committees and divisions describe accomplishments they have achieved during the past quarter as well as forecast great things to come throughout the balance of the year. There is some amazing work done by these groups – not all of which is known to our members.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono in the Fast Lane!

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
In the mood for meaningful pro bono service without the long-term commitment? Check out two one-day-only pro bono opportunities coming up soon with the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Fellows Demonstrate Community Commitment at Service Events

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Indianapolis Bar Association, chooses a new class of Distinguished Fellows each year. Fellows commit to contributing financially to the IBF, but there is also a service component that helps the Fellows give back to the community in a non-legal way.
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IndyBar: Indiana Appellate Institute Moots Eight Cases, Raises Thousands for Scholarships

August 13, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indiana Appellate Institute was created by the IndyBar Appellate Practice Section in 2010 as a resource for lawyers throughout the state who have oral arguments scheduled before the Indiana Supreme Court or Indiana Court of Appeals.
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IndyBar: Your Home for CLE…and CFP!

July 30, 2014
From IndyBar
The IndyBar is known for hosting more than 100 CLE programs each year, but did you know that some of those programs also qualify for Certified Financial Planning (CFP) credit? The IndyBar is now offering CFP credit in addition to CLE credit at select upcoming programs.
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IndyBar: Interrogatories - Eric Schmadeke

July 30, 2014
From IndyBar
A candid Q&A with the bench and bar.
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  3. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  4. 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.

  5. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

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