Indianapolis Bar Association

IBA: Nominations open for education, pro bono awards

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
Help the Indianapolis Bar recognize the many ways lawyers and legal professionals inspire us and help our community. Nominate your peers for IndyBar awards — to be presented at the Recognition Luncheon on November 29, 2011.
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IBA: Tax Liens Live After Debts, Clients Die

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the drunken butler, Stephano, quips, “He that dies pays all his debts.” Obviously, the Bard’s fool had no experience with tax liens, which may cause as many problems for clients during and after life as the underlying debt itself.
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IBA: Ask a Lawyer

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
Photos from the Ask a Lawyer event in October 2011.
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Hebenstreit: FLYING SOLO????!!!!!

October 26, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
In the current legal market, there are many lawyers, both new and more experienced, who find that they have to "go it on their own."
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IBA: Bankruptcy Court seeks Volunteer Attorneys for Pro Bono Assignments

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana has formed a Bankruptcy Pro Bono Panel of volunteer attorneys to represent indigent parties on a pro bono basis in adversary proceedings and contested matters.
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IBA: Solo and Small Firm Practitioners - This Program is for You

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
Through the upcoming Surviving and Thriving program on Thursday, November 10, solo and small firm practitioners—whether newly graduated, seasoned pros or those transitioning to the solo/small firm world—will be provided with the tools, information and connections to not only survive, but thrive in the practice of law.
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IBA Frontlines

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
News and info from the IndyBar.
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IBA: Social Media and Ethics

October 12, 2011
A Florida case should remind Indiana lawyers to be cognizant of the Rules of Professional Conduct when participating in any form of social media.
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IBA: IndyBar's First Women's Symposium Exceeds Goals

October 12, 2011
Area lawyers gathered to attend the Women, Law & Leadership Symposium, hosted by the IndyBar Women and Law Division (WLD) on October 5 and 6, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Indianapolis.
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Hebenstreit: With a Need so Great, What Will We Do?

October 12, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
We all know what pro bono legal service means and probably know or believe that it is a good idea. But have you ever thought about how it actually works?
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IBA: Support Judicial Candidates for 2012

October 12, 2011
From IndyBar
IndyBar’s Attorneys for an Independent Bench (“AIB”) political action committee is a great alternative to direct political contributions for those seeking to support judicial candidates in the 2012 elections for Marion Circuit and Superior Courts.
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IBA Frontlines

October 12, 2011
Read IBA Frontlines for Oct. 12-25, 2011.
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IBA: Evening Under The Stars

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation Evening Under the Stars dinner was held Sept. 9.
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IBA: The Corporate Veil Wears Thin with the IRS

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
The legal metaphor “corporate veil” is doubly a tantalizing legal term of art and an effective marketing tool to illustrate to potential clients the benefits of corporate formation.
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IBA: Second Annual Mediation Days a Success

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
While a struggling economy does not slow down the caseload at the Marion County Circuit Court Paternity Division, it does increase the need for pro bono services.
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IBA: Size DOES Matter

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
Who says size doesn’t matter? To the IndyBar, small firms matter a lot!
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Hebenstreit: Lawyers and the Election Process

September 28, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
In 2010, 61.2% of Hoosiers were registered to vote which placed us in 43rd place in the United States. We were even worse in voter turnout. Only 39.4% of Indiana residents actually voted in the 2010 elections which placed us in 48th position. The national average was 45.4%—a full six points higher than Indiana was able to muster.
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IBA Frontlines

September 28, 2011
Read the IBA Frontlines for Sept. 28, 2011.
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IBA: Pre-Mediation Communications

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
When does confidentiality attach?
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IBA: Abrams announced as 2014 IndyBar President

September 14, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of Jeffrey Abrams of Benesch Friedlander Copland & Aronoff as the 2014 President of the Association. Currently serving as IndyBar’s Treasurer, Abrams will serve as the Association’s 1st Vice President on the 2012 Board of Directors.
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Hebenstreit: Collaborating to Provide Services for All

September 14, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Service has always been important, but in today’s frenetic world, receiving good and prompt service is critical.
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IBA highlights

September 14, 2011
Photos from Mentors Who Matter and of Nod to Professionalism Honorees.
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IBA Editorial: Court Funding in Critical Condition Nationwide

August 31, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
One of the corner stones of our American system of jurisprudence is free and open access to the trial courts and judicial system. The ability of businesses to solve their disputes in an orderly fashion and the predictability of outcomes encourages business to be conducted in our country.
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IBA: Estate Planning 101 for Lawyers – Are You Prepared?

August 31, 2011
From IndyBar
As an estate planning attorney, I regularly counsel clients about disability and death planning. If truth be told, however, I’m not always good at following my own advice. Attorneys procrastinate as much as the clients we represent, too often getting caught up in our daily endeavors and failing to make sure our own affairs are in order. As fall approaches, I’m making time to review my estate planning, and I encourage you to do the same.
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IBA: 25th Anniversary of the Women and the Law Division: A Symposium on Women, Law & Leadership

August 31, 2011
From IndyBar
This year marks an exciting milestone for IndyBar’s Women and Law Division. Twenty-five years ago, a number of visionary lawyers in our community founded WLD to create opportunities for professional growth and personal connections among women lawyers. A quarter of a century later, WLD remains a strong presence in the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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  1. I expressed my thought in the title, long as it was. I am shocked that there is ever immunity from accountability for ANY Government agency. That appears to violate every principle in the US Constitution, which exists to limit Government power and to ensure Government accountability. I don't know how many cases of legitimate child abuse exist, but in the few cases in which I knew the people involved, in every example an anonymous caller used DCS as their personal weapon to strike at innocent people over trivial disagreements that had no connection with any facts. Given that the system is vulnerable to abuse, and given the extreme harm any action by DCS causes to families, I would assume any degree of failure to comply with the smallest infraction of personal rights would result in mandatory review. Even one day of parent-child separation in the absence of reasonable cause for a felony arrest should result in severe penalties to those involved in the action. It appears to me, that like all bureaucracies, DCS is prone to interpret every case as legitimate. This is not an accusation against DCS. It is a statement about the nature of bureaucracies, and the need for ADDED scrutiny of all bureaucratic actions. Frankly, I question the constitutionality of bureaucracies in general, because their power is delegated, and therefore unaccountable. No Government action can be unaccountable if we want to avoid its eventual degeneration into irrelevance and lawlessness, and the law of the jungle. Our Constitution is the source of all Government power, and it is the contract that legitimizes all Government power. To the extent that its various protections against intrusion are set aside, so is the power afforded by that contract. Eventually overstepping the limits of power eliminates that power, as a law of nature. Even total tyranny eventually crumbles to nothing.

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  3. Hemp has very little THC which is needed to kill cancer cells! Growing cannabis plants for THC inside a hemp field will not work...where is the fear? From not really knowing about Cannabis and Hemp or just not listening to the people teaching you through testimonies and packets of info over the last few years! Wake up Hoosier law makers!

  4. If our State Government would sue for their rights to grow HEMP like Kentucky did we would not have these issues. AND for your INFORMATION many medical items are also made from HEMP. FOOD, FUEL,FIBER,TEXTILES and MEDICINE are all uses for this plant. South Bend was built on Hemp. Our states antiquated fear of cannabis is embarrassing on the world stage. We really need to lead the way rather than follow. Some day.. we will have freedom in Indiana. And I for one will continue to educate the good folks of this state to the beauty and wonder of this magnificent plant.

  5. Put aside all the marijuana concerns, we are talking about food and fiber uses here. The federal impediments to hemp cultivation are totally ridiculous. Preposterous. Biggest hemp cultivators are China and Europe. We get most of ours from Canada. Hemp is as versatile as any crop ever including corn and soy. It's good the governor laid the way for this, regrettable the buffoons in DC stand in the way. A statutory relic of the failed "war on drugs"

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