Indianapolis Bar Association

Chinn: Law and Politics

March 14, 2012
Scott Chinn
As it always is in the winter and early spring, the workings of the Indiana General Assembly is big news. So it has been this year.
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IBA Frontlines

March 14, 2012
Read news from around the IndyBar for March 16-29, 2012.
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Around IndyBar

March 14, 2012
Check out photos from IndyBar activities!
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IBA: Startup Launches as a Result of America Invents Act

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
For most patent attorneys, the American Invents Act has created an opportunity to engage clients on a variety of legal matters. For one Indianapolis-based entrepreneur, James Burnes of Project Brilliant, it sparked an opportunity to launch a new software venture.
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IBA: It's Legal Directory Time!

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar will release a new edition of the printed Indianapolis Bar Association Directory in Summer 2012.
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IBA: What's Up at the Statehouse?

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
Hear an update on pending legislation and get to know Indiana legislators at the IndyBar’s sixth 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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Chinn: Examining the IndyBar Review

February 29, 2012
The IndyBar Review is a point of pride for the IndyBar. We are the only bar in the country to sponsor a bar review course.
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IndyBar Bench Bar Conference 2012

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
It’s not often lawyers and judges mix work and a good time, but over the past 19 years the IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference has become known as the premier event to do just that.
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IBA Frontlines - 3/2/12

February 29, 2012
Read news briefs from the IndyBar!
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IBA: Getting to Know Buchanan Winner Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, the 2012 recipient of the Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence, is a role model for many. The Indianapolis Bar Association posed some questions to “Judge Jane,” as she prefers to be known, to learn more about this exceptional lawyer and jurist.
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IBA: What Every Woman Should Know to Protect Herself in the Event of Divorce

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Advising clients contemplating divorce varies with the style of the attorney. Even so, there are fundamental issues every woman considering or beginning the divorce process should know to protect herself financially.
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IBA: Volunteer for the Health and Human Rights Clinic at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
The Health & Human Rights Clinic at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (“HHRC”), with the support of a $35,000 grant from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (“IBF”), is launching a first-of-its-kind initiative to team local attorneys with clinical faculty in providing pro bono representation to low-income clients in the Indianapolis community.
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Chinn: Super February

February 15, 2012
Scott Chinn
The midyear meetings of the American Bar Association were held in New Orleans earlier this month. As bad luck would have it, the meetings overlapped Super Bowl week in Indianapolis and for some even Super Bowl Sunday itself. But despite the conflict, a number of IndyBar leaders made the trip to the Crescent City to take part in the meetings, to represent the IndyBar, and to fulfill various speaking obligations.
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IBA: Simplifying the Practice with Forms and Resources

February 15, 2012
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 IndyBar has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk, or in hard copy.
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IBA Frontlines - 2/17-3/1

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Read about news and opportunities from the IndyBar.
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IBA: Foundation Accepting Impact Grant Applications

February 1, 2012
From IndyBar
Indianapolis service agencies are eligible for a $35,000 grant through the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s Impact Fund.
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IBA: Judicial Candidate Evaluation Results Released

February 1, 2012
The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (JEPAC) released the results of its recent judicial evaluation survey of 2012 candidates for Marion Superior Court.
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IBA: Racing Attorneys Conference to Roar Into Charlotte, NC

February 1, 2012
From IndyBar
The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC) returns to Charlotte, N.C., for a fresh and new program on Wednesday, April 10, and Thursday, April 11.
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IBA: Trivia Night Fun at Binkley's

February 1, 2012
From IndyBar
An actual “fun” fundraiser is coming up on Thursday, March 1 as the Indianapolis Bar Foundation hosts Trivia Night. Set for 5-8:00 p.m. at Binkley’s Kitchen and Bar, Trivia Night is a laid back evening to test your knowledge and hang out with friends.
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Chinn: A Few Words About Judicial Elections

February 1, 2012
Scott Chinn
This is a judicial election year, and in Marion County this year, we have 20 spots on the ballot for judges of the Marion Superior Court. More than half of the local judiciary in the State’s largest and busiest county is up for election. That fact alone makes the 2012 elections a big deal.
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IBA Frontlines - 2/3/12

February 1, 2012
Read news briefs from the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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DTCI: Indiana Civil Litigation Review

February 1, 2012
From DTCI
The DTCI’s flagship publication, the Indiana Civil Litigation Review, will be distributed soon.
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IBA: Magnus-Stinson to be Honored with Buchanan Award

January 18, 2012
From IndyBar
A blue ribbon selection committee acting on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation has announced the selection of The Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana as a recipient of the IndyBar’s prestigious Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence.
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IBA: Judicial Candidate Survey Ends January 18

January 18, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (“JEPAC”) survey of 2012 candidates for the Marion Superior Court will close at 11:59 p.m. on January 18.
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IBA: Bill Watch 2012 Available Each Week

January 18, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar’s Legislative Committee has launched Bill Watch 2012. Throughout the legislative session, the IndyBar will distribute each week through its electronic newsletter an updated report of progress and recent actions taken in regard bills and resolutions deemed of possible interest to IndyBar members.
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  1. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  2. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

  3. She must be a great lawyer

  4. Ind. Courts - "Illinois ranks 49th for how court system serves disadvantaged" What about Indiana? A story today from Dave Collins of the AP, here published in the Benton Illinois Evening News, begins: Illinois' court system had the third-worst score in the nation among state judiciaries in serving poor, disabled and other disadvantaged members of the public, according to new rankings. Illinois' "Justice Index" score of 34.5 out of 100, determined by the nonprofit National Center for Access to Justice, is based on how states serve people with disabilities and limited English proficiency, how much free legal help is available and how states help increasing numbers of people representing themselves in court, among other issues. Connecticut led all states with a score of 73.4 and was followed by Hawaii, Minnesota, New York and Delaware, respectively. Local courts in Washington, D.C., had the highest overall score at 80.9. At the bottom was Oklahoma at 23.7, followed by Kentucky, Illinois, South Dakota and Indiana. ILB: That puts Indiana at 46th worse. More from the story: Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado, Tennessee and Maine had perfect 100 scores in serving people with disabilities, while Indiana, Georgia, Wyoming, Missouri and Idaho had the lowest scores. Those rankings were based on issues such as whether interpretation services are offered free to the deaf and hearing-impaired and whether there are laws or rules allowing service animals in courthouses. The index also reviewed how many civil legal aid lawyers were available to provide free legal help. Washington, D.C., had nearly nine civil legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty, the highest rate in the country. Texas had the lowest rate, 0.43 legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty. http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2014/11/ind_courts_illi_1.html

  5. A very thorough opinion by the federal court. The Rooker-Feldman analysis, in particular, helps clear up muddy water as to the entanglement issue. Looks like the Seventh Circuit is willing to let its district courts cruise much closer to the Indiana Supreme Court's shorelines than most thought likely, at least when the ADA on the docket. Some could argue that this case and Praekel, taken together, paint a rather unflattering picture of how the lower courts are being advised as to their duties under the ADA. A read of the DOJ amicus in Praekel seems to demonstrate a less-than-congenial view toward the higher echelons in the bureaucracy.

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