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IndyBar: Bell to Lead Indianapolis Bar Association in 2018

September 9, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association has announced the selection of James J. Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP as the 2018 president of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Bell will serve as the association’s first vice president on the 2016 board of directors and as president-elect in 2017.
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IndyBar: Ransberger and Johnson Recipients of 2015 Professionalism Awards

September 9, 2015
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee has named Magistrate Victoria Ransberger of Marion Superior Court the 2015 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, while Ruth Johnson of the Marion County Public Defender Agency has been awarded the bar’s Professionalism Award.
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Reasons to Consider Engaging a Forensic Accountant

September 9, 2015
Jordan Kraner
Forensic accountants utilize a variety of specialized skills, including auditing, accounting and investigative skills. A forensic accountant is different from a traditional accountant, such as a tax preparer or bookkeeper.
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Resistance is Futile, Join a Bar Association

September 9, 2015
Terrance Tharpe
If I as “Terrance Prime” had access to the lawyer sworn in twelve years ago, I would tell him—among many other things—to get and stay involved in bar and community activities.
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IndyBar: Shadley Named 2015 Antoinette Dakin Leach Recipient

September 9, 2015
From IndyBar
Each year, the IndyBar Women and the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award to recognize the accomplishments of a female attorney in central Indiana. This year’s recipient is Sue Shadley, of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun.
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IndyBar: 2012 IBF Grantee Continues Good Work

August 26, 2015
Carolyn Hall
Each year, Teen Court reaches out to more than 600 youth and their families through multiple intervention and diversion programs, including an in-school Teen Court model.
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IndyBar: Getting Along is Not Wrong

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
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IndyBar: CLE Series to Tackle Legal Issues Surrounding Use of Force

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
Throughout the past months, the debate on police use of force has intensified. But how does this national issue relate to the practice of Indy lawyers?
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
Members of the bar mingled with trial and appellate-level judges from local, state and federal courts at the Indy Attorneys Network section’s annual “At the Bar with the Bench” event on Thursday, August 20.
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When a Barking Dog is a Good Thing: Some Tips for Success for Young Lawyers

August 26, 2015
John Trimble
There is no shortage of sources for lawyers of all ages to receive tips on how to succeed. The tips that follow in this article are just a few that have been passed along to me by my mentors through the years.
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IndyBar: Scholarship Available to Health Law Conference

August 26, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Health Care & Life Sciences Section is pleased to announce it is offering scholarships for the American Health Lawyers Association Fundamentals of Health Law Conference, November 15-17, 2015, in Chicago.
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IndyBar: Going Green Leads to Better Health Care

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
Studies show a direct link between health outcomes and human performance with the quality of both the built and natural environment.
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Disruptive Innovation: Lawyers Must Pay Attention

August 12, 2015
John Trimble
Everyone who will potentially be impacted by new innovations must study the competition and be prepared to adapt their practice so that competition with the innovators will be possible.
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IndyBar: Getting along is not wrong

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
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IndyBar: Nominations Due for Professionalism Awards

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due on Thursday, August 20.
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IndyBar: Impact in Action

August 12, 2015
From IndyBar
The Joseph Maley Foundation is the recipient of the 2014 Impact Fund, providing support and guidance to local kids and families.
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IndyBar: Go Green and Be Seen!

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
Going green is red hot across the nation - from recycling initiatives to political campaigns, it’s a topic that is constantly in the air.
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IndyBar: Civility, Courtesy, Respect

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
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IndyBar: Nominations for IndyBar Board Due August 13

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
The nomination period for the 2016 IndyBar Board of Directors is underway, and the Hon. Heather Welch of Marion Superior Court has been appointed to chair the effort.
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Implicit Bias: We All Have It

July 29, 2015
John Trimble
Implicit biases are the fabric of who we are. They are the product of our upbringing, education, experiences, neighborhoods, television, social media and what we have consciously learned or unconsciously learned from our families and friends.
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IndyBar: Free CLE Available at Pro Bono Training

July 29, 2015
From IndyBar
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the IndyBar have teamed up to offer a free training on August 15 to empower local attorneys to help children who desperately need legal assistance.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for Board of Directors

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
The nomination period has begun for the 2016 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Hon. Heather Welch of Marion Superior Court has been appointed to chair the effort. Judge Welch will lead a committee of members in selecting a slate of officers for the coming year.
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IndyBar: Talking Points with the Top Paralegal

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2015.
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Solo and Small Practice: It Takes Courage and Strength

July 15, 2015
John Trimble
Despite the challenges, fears and demands of solo and small practice, legal market experts tell us that more and more newly minted lawyers are entering law as solo and small firm owners.
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Getting to Know Your Judicial Officers: Judge Jose D. Salinas

July 15, 2015
Sean Hessler
Feeling comfortable in court can help you provide better advocacy for your client and getting to know your local judges can help improve your practice.
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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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