Indianapolis Bar Association

IndyBar: Nod to Professionalism

February 26, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism is pleased to acknowledge the professionalism and civility of Katherine Flood of Flood Family Law LLC and Tricia Milanese of Milanese Law LLC.
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Abrams: Compliments are Easy to Accept

February 26, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
One thing that we constantly hear from other organizations is how forward thinking and progressive the IndyBar is compared to other bar associations in the country. We received requests from other bar execs for their officers to spend time with us and “pick our brains” on how to successfully manage and operate a bar association.
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IndyBar: Practice-Area Specific Bill Watch Postings Available

February 26, 2014
From IndyBar
Save time and find the legislation that matters to you and your practice. The IndyBar’s weekly Bill Watch reports are now being broken down into practice-area specific posts that highlight the pending bills of particular concern to different sections within the bar.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 2/26/14

February 26, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Bar Leaders Impact Community Through Class XI Service Projects

February 26, 2014
From IndyBar
A core aspect of the IndyBar Bar Leader Series is the development and execution of a community service team projects by series participants. This facet of the program gives participants a unique opportunity to take community engagement a step further by putting the knowledge and skills that they’ve learned in the series to practical use for the benefit of the community.
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IndyBar: New Pause for Professionalism Video Available

February 26, 2014
From IndyBar
In the newest installment of the IndyBar Professionalism Committee’s Pause for Professionalism video series, Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Kathy Infanger explains the purpose and role of the Marion County Community Court.
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Abrams: The Indianapolis Bar Association and HJR-3

February 12, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
We had several members of the IndyBar, including some board members, ask us to consider adopting a response to HJR-3 for various reasons. After two separate board meetings and hours of discussion at each one, it was clear that emotions were running high on the proposed amendment. We had outstanding discussions with input from every single board member. I am very proud of the approach, candor and intense yet respectful discussions the board had during the process.
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IndyBar: We Need You! Volunteer to Take a Family Law or Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Case

February 12, 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. As the second year of this joint effort begins, more than 100 cases have been placed and additional volunteers are needed to provide assistance to those in need.
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IndyBar: Interrogatories - Donald R. Lundberg

February 12, 2014
From IndyBar
He is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington. He served as Director of Litigation at the Legal Services Organization of Indiana and as the Executive Secretary of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission before joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He is Donald Lundberg, and he has been served with interrogatories.
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IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Association Announces Opposition to HJR-3 and HB 1153

January 29, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association announced on Monday, January 27 its opposition to HJR-3, the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, and HB1153, its companion legislation.
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The IBF: Your Opportunity to Make An Impact

January 29, 2014
The IBF truly is your private foundation. By that, I mean the IBF’s annual fundraising goal of over $250,000 is supported almost entirely by attorneys and judges who are members of the IndyBar. With these fundraising efforts, your foundation annually funds the $35,000 Impact Fund grant and supports IndyBar programs and initiatives to the sum of more than $100,000.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 1/29/14

January 29, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the bar.
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IndyBar: Additional Benefit Added to Plus CLE

January 29, 2014
From IndyBar
The past year saw the introduction of a pilot program to test the viability of bundling CLE with section membership. The pilot program, which was tested with four IndyBar sections, proved overwhelmingly successful, attracting new members and boosting attendance levels at CLE programs.
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IndyBar: Customize Your IndyBar Communications Experience

January 29, 2014
From IndyBar
Every person is unique in the way that he or she consumes news and information online. Just as one individual loves email updates, another prefers RSS feeds. As part of the IndyBar’s ongoing efforts to increase the amount of relevant, useful content provided to members, several options have been developed to make getting your IndyBar news easy and enjoyable.
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IndyBar Launches Expanded Communications Tools

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Two years ago, a forward-thinking group of IndyBar members gathered to ponder the future of the bar’s communications efforts. These leaders recognized then what’s become crystal clear today—that a new approach to the gathering and distribution of news and content was critical in a world where technology continues to change the game on a near daily basis.
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IndyBar: Attorney Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Want to make an impact? The IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project is looking for attorney volunteers. Through this project, IndyBar volunteers visit one of five local homeless shelters each month, giving legal advice and occasionally offering limited representation.
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IndyBar to Host Town Hall Meeting on New Criminal Justice Complex

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Marion Superior Court Judge David Certo and Marion County Sheriff John Layton have recently announced plans for a new criminal justice complex to replace the existing facilities. This new complex will house separate adult and juvenile detention, inmate processing, the prosecutor, public defender, probation and community corrections, clerk and other state and federal agencies.
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Abrams: Get Involved – Lots to Feel Good About

January 15, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
I walked around the office at the end of last month asking attorneys if they had any interest in getting more involved with the Indianapolis Bar Association. A few of the attorneys looked at me with a “deer in headlights” look and told me that they really did not know a lot about the opportunities for participation with the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Straight Talk from the Statehouse

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Hear an update on pending legislation and get to know Indiana legislators at the IndyBar’s eighth annual seminar, “The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly,” which is hosted by the bar’s Legislative Committee.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 1/15/14

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the bar association.
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IndyBar: Scholarships Available from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Applications are now being accepted for three academic scholarships and four educational scholarships from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Pay it forward by offering your expertise

January 15, 2014
From IndyBar
Since 2007, attorney volunteers have assisted hundreds of individuals prepare for times when they can no longer speak for themselves through the Low Asset Wills program. For IndyBar volunteers it is easy: clients are pre-screened and template forms are provided.
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IndyBar: Go From Resolution Failure to Resolution Success with the IndyBar

January 1, 2014
From IndyBar
This year, let the IndyBar help you succeed in fulfilling your resolutions for a more successful and satisfying career. The bar’s resources, programs and initiatives are standing by to help you see your resolutions through from idle promises to fruitful accomplishments.
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IndyBar Seeking Volunteers for Low Asset Wills Program

January 1, 2014
From IndyBar
Since 2007, IndyBar attorney volunteers have helped hundreds of individuals prepare for times when they can no longer speak for themselves through the Low Asset Wills Program. The commitment for this program is minimal, but your impact is great.
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Abrams: We Will Provide Value And Be Meaningful

January 1, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
I am embarking on the presidency of the Indianapolis Bar Association. I see my role as the manager of a phenomenal team willing to sacrifice their time to serve others and provide unique benefits to the public.
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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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.

  5. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

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