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IBA: Meaningful Pro Bono and Courtroom Experience Available through the Mediation Assistance Program

October 24, 2012
From IndyBar
More than 25 percent of the cases pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, have a least one pro se litigant. To address this community need, the Court launched the Mediation Assistance Program (MAP) in September 2009.
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IBA: Indiana's No-Smoking Law and Potential Penalties to Employers for Failure to Adhere

October 10, 2012
From IndyBar
If you recall, smoking is now prohibited in most Indiana workplaces (exceptions being places like riverboats, horse racing facilities and other gaming facilities, retail tobacco stores, and bars that do not employ individuals under the age of 18 or allow individuals under the age of 21, other than employees, to enter, among other things). The law requires employers to prohibit smoking in areas within eight feet of a public entrance to a “place of employment” or a “public place.”
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IBA: Go West, IndyBar! Go West! Quality CLE & Networking Await You

October 10, 2012
From IndyBar
It is with great pleasure that I will host this year’s IndyBar Destination CLE, taking place in Sedona, Arizona from November 15 to November 17. To entice your attendance, this year’s CLE will be held at the Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa, nestled into the red rock wall of Sedona’s Boynton Canyon.
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Chinn: Special Relationships

October 10, 2012
Scott Chinn
A special relationship exists between the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and the Indianapolis Bar Association. It is easy to think of the IBF as the “fund raising arm” of the IndyBar. And that isn’t wrong.
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IBA frontlines - 10/12/12

October 10, 2012
Read news briefs from around the IndyBar!
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IBA: Trimble to Lead Bar as President in 2015

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of John C. Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP as the 2015 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA: No Easier Way to Network

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
Think networking is difficult or intimidating? Wish you could easily meet and talk with leaders in the legal community? The IndyBar has a solution!
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Chinn: A New Section, If You Can Keep It

September 26, 2012
Scott Chinn
It falls upon me to make the happy announcement that the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association has approved the creation of a new section of the bar — the Indy Attorneys Network.
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IBA Frontlines - 9/28/12

September 26, 2012
News from around the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA: WLD Invites IndyBar Members to Explore Women's Legal History

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
Did you know that a number of Indiana women played important roles in the national fight for women’s suffrage?
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IBA: Nearly One-Third of Lawyers Plan to Hire in Fourth Quarter

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
Nearly one-third (32 percent) of lawyers interviewed for the Robert Half Legal Hiring Index plan to hire full-time legal professionals during the fourth quarter of 2012, while three percent anticipate staff reductions.
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IBA: IndyBar Review Scholarship Deadline November 1

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
Students, check out the scholarships available from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Two scholarships for the Winter 2013 IndyBar Review session are up for grabs. The application deadline is November 1.
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IBA: Volunteer Judges Needed for Teen Court

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
Reach for Youth is seeking local attorneys to serve as volunteer judges at Teen Court, a program designed to reduce recidivism for first-time juvenile offenders by giving them a second chance to repair the harm they’ve caused without experiencing formal court prosecution.
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IBA: Metz, Zweig IndyBar Professionalism Award Winners

September 12, 2012
From IndyBar
Chosen by the bar’s Professionalism Committee, the 2012 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award is the Hon. Anthony Metz III of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, while the 2012 Professionalism Award will be presented to Sally Zweig of Katz & Korin PC. Both recipients were roundly praised for their professionalism by the committee, which is chaired by David K. Herzog of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
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Around the IndyBar: Welcome Bar Leader Series Class X!

September 12, 2012
From IndyBar
Photos from the Bar Leader Series Class X kickoff.
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IndyBar Election Season Round-Up

September 12, 2012
News and commentary on the upcoming election are nearly impossible to escape at this point. Take a break from the non-stop back and forth political banter with several upcoming election-related non-partisan events and programs.
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Chinn: Checking Our Institutions

September 12, 2012
Scott Chinn
Every time I travel alone, say for an out-of-town deposition, I am conscious of those blocks of time in which you get to be alone in your thoughts. As much as the travel itself is rarely fun, I almost always find great value in those periods of “travel reflection,” especially when things prior to leaving home have been so busy.
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IBA Frontlines - 9/14/12

September 12, 2012
IL Staff
News from around the IndyBar!
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Marion County slating reform gets new push

August 29, 2012
Dave Stafford
The Indianapolis Bar Association takes aim at the Marion Superior judicial selection process.
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IBA: Escape to Sedona this November with the IndyBar

August 29, 2012
From IndyBar
Stargazing, sunsets over the Red Rocks and…CLE? This unlikely combination makes for a can’t miss trip to this year’s IndyBar Destination CLE, to be held at the Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona November 15 to November 17.
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Chinn: Back to School

August 29, 2012
Scott Chinn
At the law school level, I have already taken part in back-to-school activities. I met some 2L students at a reception at the Maurer School the other evening hosted by my law firm. And on behalf of the IndyBar, I spoke briefly to the incoming 1L class at the McKinney School at orientation weekend.
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IBA Frontlines - Aug. 31, 2012

August 29, 2012
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IBA: The IndyBar's Been Busy

August 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Read highlights from the 2012 Section, Division & Committee Mid-Year reports.
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Chinn: Diversity Efforts Can't End with Successful Job Fair

August 15, 2012
Scott Chinn
The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair won’t by itself create the kind of diverse and inclusive environment that so many of us want to see promoted in our legal community. But being part of it this year put me in mind of what we would lose without it.
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IBA: Defining Professionalism, or the 'Case of the Incredible Shrinking Crack'

August 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Professionalism is a very difficult word to define with any precision.
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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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