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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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IBA: Mark Calendars for Sedona, Arizona

January 18, 2012
The Indianapolis Bar Association is going on the road with CLE to stunning Sedona, Ariz., November 15-17, 2012.
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IBA Frontlines

January 18, 2012
News from the IndyBar for Jan. 20-Feb. 2, 2012.
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Chinn: Opportunities To Serve In 2012

January 18, 2012
Scott Chinn
IBA President Scott Chinn writes his first column about how members can be involved in 2012.
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2012 IBA Installation Luncheon

January 18, 2012
View photos from the 2012 IBA Installation Luncheon at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis.
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IBA: Attorneys Beware - Conflicts of Interest and Attempts to Make a Buck

January 4, 2012
From IndyBar
Attorneys looking to profit from their experiences at trial take note: the principles behind the so-called “Son of Sam” laws, which prohibit criminal defendants from profiting from the publicity of their crimes, may apply to you too, at least during the pendency of a criminal case.
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IBA: When Kids Become Adults

January 4, 2012
From IndyBar
Charging juveniles as adults is a topic that has garnered media attention lately with a rash of gun-related deaths among teens. It’s also an area where we need to balance sympathy for the victims and for the minor offenders.
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Hebenstreit: Thanks

January 4, 2012
Michael Hebenstreit
Three hundred sixty five days sounds like a long time, but 2011 has flown by very quickly. This is my last column in Indiana Lawyer.
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IBA Frontlines -1/6/12

January 4, 2012
Read news briefs from the IndyBar.
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IBA: No Better Time to Remember our Soldiers

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
This year, why not take just a few minutes and a few dollars, and really do something special: remember a deployed American soldier.
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Hebenstreit: FIGHT ON!

December 21, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Less than 24 hours ago, I knew exactly what my topic for this column was going to be.
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IBA: One Last Gift to Make Before the Holidays End

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
Pro bono for families and children, leadership training for young lawyers, and legal education are all community services enriched by the charitable dollars gifted to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IBA: Volunteer for the IndyBar Hospice Program

December 21, 2011
Looking for a meaningful opportunity for pro bono service? Attorney volunteers are needed for the IndyBar Hospice Program.
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IBA: Courts Announce Renewal of Attorney Access Cards

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
The Marion County Court Administrator’s Office has announced the renewal schedule for attorney access cards to the City-County Building.
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  1. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  2. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  3. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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