Indianapolis Bar Association

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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IndyBar: Attorney Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project

January 1, 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 Frontlines - 1/1/14

January 1, 2014
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Interrogatories

December 18, 2013
From IndyBar
Hon. Mark A. Jones, Marion Circuit Court
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IndyBarApplication Process for New Attorney ID Cards to Begin Dec. 20

December 18, 2013
From IndyBar
It’s renewal time for City-County Building Attorney Identification Cards, and the process has gone online. Starting Dec. 20, attorneys seeking to renew cards or apply for new cards can do so online at https://www.biz.indygov.org/attorneycards/.
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Blomquist: Reflecting on a Great Year with Gratitude

December 18, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
My last column begins with my favorite quote from E.B. White, which also rests on my signature line as Legal Counsel for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
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IndyBar Board Approves Rule Change Proposal

December 18, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors approved a proposed rule amendment generated by the bar’s Appellate Practice Section at its Dec. 4 meeting.
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IndyBar: Registration Now Open for 2014 Installation Luncheon

December 4, 2013
From IndyBar
The New Year is just weeks away … Save the date and jump online to register today for the 2014 Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Columbia Club.
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Blomquist: In Praise of the Paralegal

December 4, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Why are we losing favor among our paralegals and more importantly what can we do to correct this?
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IBA Frontlines - 12/4/13

December 4, 2013
From IndyBar
News from the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: 'Not in My Backyard!'

December 4, 2013
From IndyBar
New Pause for Professionalism Video Available
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IndyBar: Simplify Your Practice with Forms and Resources

December 4, 2013
From IndyBar
The sharing of information and resources is one of the greatest benefits of an association. During the course of its more than 125 year history, the Indianapolis Bar Association has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk, or in hard copy.
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IndyBar: Pay it forward by offering your expertise

December 4, 2013
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: Final Appointments Made for 2014 Board of Directors

November 20, 2013
From IndyBar
The slate for the 2014 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors is now complete with the appointment of four Vice Presidents and the Counsel to the Board by President-Elect Jeffrey A. Abrams of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.
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IndyBar: Interrogatories with Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson

November 20, 2013
From IndyBar
A Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar.
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Blomquist: Inspiring the Next Generation in the Shadow of Greatness

November 20, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
As the Indianapolis Public Schools Magnet School for Law and Public Policy, Shortridge has been designed to be the chosen path for future lawyers, legislators, business leaders and policymakers from Indianapolis.
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IBA Frontlines - 11/20/13

November 20, 2013
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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  1. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

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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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