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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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IBA: Diversity Job Fair

August 31, 2011
View photos from the 2011 IBA Diversity Job Fair.
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IBA: IndyBar Revitalizes School Education Advocacy Program

August 17, 2011
This fall, the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee will rejuvenate its School Education Advocacy Program through collaboration with FosterEd, a project of the National Center for Youth Law.
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IBA Frontlines - 8/17/11

August 17, 2011
Read Indianapolis Bar Association news for Aug. 17-30, 2011.
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Hebenstreit: Has the Time Come for Articling?

August 17, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Do you know what the term “articling” means? I did not until recently, but it is quite relevant to the discussions swirling around about the value and importance of a law school education.
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IBA: Trial Judges No Longer Required to Retire

August 3, 2011
From IndyBar
I had this dream for retirement when I got elected judge: I would work until I was 68, near when I would be forced to retire by mandatory retirement (assuming the voters thought I was still doing a good job through each of my re-elections), fade off the scene to my boat on Lake Cumberland, maybe work in the winter part time as an usher or scorekeeper for the Pacers or Colts, read U.S. history books, see a musical or play every once in awhile, and generally ignore any pleas for money from my then-adult kids.
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Michael J. Hebenstreit: Life Rushing By

August 3, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Life moments. Some may be an accomplishment (winning a big trial), a disappointment, a funeral or a seemingly insignificant event. We all have them—some good, some not so good, but they are those events that for some reason stick with us for a lifetime.
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IBA: Insurance Practices in Commercial Real Estate Loans

August 3, 2011
From IndyBar
Requesting appropriate insurance coverages and obtaining certificates of insurance verifying such coverages are in place may be one of the least understood, and thereby, among the most overlooked issues in commercial real estate loan transactions.
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IBA: Providing Benefits to Same-Gender Partners Can Be Taxing

August 3, 2011
From IndyBar
More than a dozen states and the District of Columbia now recognize same-sex relationships under various names, such as domestic partnerships, civil unions, or same-gender marriages.
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IBA: New Law Restricts Access to Criminal Records

August 3, 2011
From IndyBar
There is a misconception among even the most educated of criminal clients that arrests, charges and convictions disappear off of one’s Indiana criminal record after a passage of time. This is not the case.
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IBA Frontlines

August 3, 2011
From IndyBar
Read recent news from the IBA.
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IBA: A Review of 2011 Criminal Law Legislation

July 20, 2011
From IndyBar
What looked early in 2011 like a blockbuster year for sentencing reform fizzled into a legislative session with mostly tinkering in the criminal law realm.
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IBA: How To Fire An Employee

July 20, 2011
From IndyBar
The purpose of this article is to set out guidelines which can help to make the tooth drilling process a little easier, both for you and the terminated individual.
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IBA: Lawyer Links Classic

July 20, 2011
From IndyBar
Photos from the IBA's Lawyer Links Classic.
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Hebenstreit: A Special Celebration of Being an American

July 20, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
What does the 4th of July mean to you?
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IBA: Lawyer Advertising: The Truth May Not Set You Free

July 6, 2011
Indiana’s new advertising rules apply to more than just billboards and Yellow Page ads. Rule 7.2(a) of the Rules of Professional Conduct defines “advertising” as “any manner of communication partly or entirely intended or expected to promote the purchase or use of professional services.” That means that the advertising rules may cover communications on your website, your blog and even on your Facebook page.
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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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