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IndyBar: Have you heard the news? IndyBar Launches Listservs for Sections and Divisions

April 20, 2016
From IndyBar
Some of the most valuable tips and resources come not from a scholarly journal or a classroom—they come from a productive discussion with colleagues.
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IndyBar: Ask a Lawyer - More than 560 people helped!

April 20, 2016
From IndyBar
Read more about the recent Ask a Lawyer event.
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Nominations Now Open for IndyBar Paralegal of the Year Award

April 6, 2016
From IndyBar
Make sure to recognize the important paralegal in your life by submitting a Paralegal of the Year Award nomination.
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Welcome New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

April 6, 2016
From IndyBar
Here's your chance to play a role in what is one of the most important days in the lives of new American citizens.
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Experience the Revival of the Indianapolis Medical-Legal Dinner

April 6, 2016
Bill Winingham
This event has drawn a large crowd in the past, and we are expecting another great turnout this year
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Pro Bono: One Attorney, One Big Impact

April 6, 2016
Kris Kazmierczak
Darrell has been a solo practitioner for the last 23 years, but he still dedicates many hours each year to pro bono work.
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Go Fund the IBF or Kickstart my Potato Salad?

April 6, 2016
From IndyBar
It’s tax season, which means it’s time to atone for the tax sins of 2015 and pledge to do better in 2016. Let’s see if you’re ready.
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IndyBar: Delivering Peace of Mind: Volunteer for Low Asset Wills Workshops

March 23, 2016
From IndyBar
For years, IndyBar attorneys have helped community members living in poverty to safeguard their futures through the Low Asset Wills Program.
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Moberly: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again (and Again, and Again…)

March 23, 2016
Robyn Moberly
It’s no secret that the IndyBar has supported merit selection for decades. It’s also no secret that view is not held by everyone. I sincerely respect our members who would prefer an open partisan election of our judges in Marion County. Mostly that view is held as a result of a reverence for voting rights, which I hope we all share.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 3/23/16

March 23, 2016
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Volunteer Opportunity: Help Out at Spring Mediation Day

March 23, 2016
From IndyBar
The IndyBar ADR Section Executive Committee is pleased to announce that we are hosting our second annual Spring Paternity Court Mediation Day.
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IndyBar: Meet the IndyBar Board of Directors

March 9, 2016
From IndyBar
They’re more than just board members! The 33 members of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors represent a rainbow of practice areas and types, backgrounds, passions and much more. Take a minute to learn more about your IndyBar leaders in this regular feature to follow throughout 2016.
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IndyBar: Diversity Through Intention: Sign on as a Diversity Job Fair Interviewer or Sponsor Today

March 9, 2016
From IndyBar
Intentionality in seeking career opportunities helps propel progress. The legal profession is no exception.
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IndyBar: Build Your Bankruptcy Practice and Provide a Valuable Service at the Same Time!

March 9, 2016
From IndyBar
What if you could ease stress on the courts caused by pro se representation, build your practice and help a member of our community all at the same time? It’s possible through the newly formed Bankruptcy Modest Means Program!
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Moberly: Maintaining Control Amid Change

March 9, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The IndyBar has recognized that lawyers want to be in control of their memberships in ways they never could before.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 3/9/16

March 9, 2016
From IndyBar
Read the latest news from around the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: New Resource Available to Marion County Litigators

March 9, 2016
From IndyBar
IndyBar members will be walking into the courtroom with even more confidence, thanks to a recent resource compiled by the association’s Litigation Section.
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IndyBar: Bar Leader Series Teams Tackle Community Issues Through Service Projects

February 24, 2016
From IndyBar
Each year, the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series provides a group of the bar’s rising stars with the tools and experiences that will further their growth into future leaders of the association and the Indianapolis community.
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IndyBar: Hospice Program Provides Comfort for Terminally Ill Patients

February 24, 2016
From IndyBar
In hospice care, those around the patient often work to ensure the he or she is comfortable during the final days of life–providing palliative care, creating a soothing environment and gathering loved ones close.
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Moberly: Don’t be the Next Betamax: The Necessity of Evolution in the Legal Profession

February 24, 2016
Robyn Moberly
I’ve had the chance the last few years to think about Internet access to justice, new forms of competition from large global corporations, the possible obsolescence of state-regulated practice of law, commoditized legal services and many other seismic shifts in the legal profession. Lots of other professions have dealt with these changes. You don’t have to look far to see the dramatic change in how medical services are delivered today.
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IndyBar: Demand For Specialized Expertise Among Top Trends Influencing Hiring In Legal Field

February 24, 2016
From IndyBar
As law firms and companies expand legal teams to pursue new business opportunities, competition is intensifying for job seekers with in-demand skills and niche backgrounds.
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Black lawmakers oppose Marion County judge selection bill

February 22, 2016
Dave Stafford
A proposal to create a 14-member merit-selection commission to nominate Marion Superior judges would harm minority representation on the bench of the state’s largest county, members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus said in a statement Monday as the bill awaited second reading on the House floor.
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IndyBar: Involving Your Expert in the Mediation Process: A Trap for the Unwary?

February 10, 2016
Cases can often involve technical issues. The author has heard of mediations where a party will bring an expert to the mediation to address and respond to the technical issues that are present in the case.
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Moberly: A New Day for Judicial Selection in Marion County

February 10, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The verdict will still be out on how we will select judges in Marion County when this article is printed, but for the first time in decades, we know we will have an entirely new system of selection before May 2017. Hopefully it will be in this legislative session but, if not, in the next.
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IndyBar: Court Rules Pension Survivor Benefits are Marital Assets

February 10, 2016
From IndyBar
The Indiana Court of Appeals in In Re The Marriage of Carr ruled that the survivor benefit that may go to a spouse in a dissolution of marriage is an asset for the purposes of property division and must be included in the marital pot.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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