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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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IndyBar: Welcomes New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
For attorneys, the courtroom is often rife with conflict and anxiety. But for some hopeful individuals, the courtroom is where their dreams of becoming United States citizens officially become reality.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Open for 2015 Professionalism Awards

July 15, 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 by 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 20.
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IndyBar: Make the Connection with Mentor Connect

July 15, 2015
From IndyBar
Mentor Connect is a new IndyBar program that matches mentor and mentee pairs to help create meaningful and productive mentor relationships.
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IndyBar: Deadline Approaching for 2015 Impact Fund Grant

July 1, 2015
From IndyBar
For a non-profit organization, $35,000 can mean the difference between whether a program or initiative ever makes it to fruition or remains a dream—the difference between whether our neighbors receive the assistance they need or are left helpless—the difference between whether our city thrives or withers.
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IndyBar: Clean Out Supply Closets and Stock the Schools

July 1, 2015
From IndyBar
With over half of the children in Marion County unable to afford school lunch, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are little funds available for these students to purchase the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom
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Trimble: Reflections on a ‘Family Reunion’: Bench Bar 2015

July 1, 2015
John Trimble
It was over as quickly as it started ... an overdose of food, fun, friends and education. For me, as IndyBar president this year, Bench Bar 2015 will long be etched in my memory. It was all I had hoped it might be and more.
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IndyBar: Meet Antoinette Dakin Leach

July 1, 2015
From IndyBar
In 1893, Antoinette Dakin Leach made history as the first woman to challenge a bar admission denial based on gender.
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IndyBar: Are You The Next Nissa Ricafort?

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
In January, 2017, Nissa Ricafort will become the president of the Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar). One reason this is significant is because Ricafort will be the first IndyBar President who is also a graduate of the Bar Leader Series.
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Trimble: Do You Have a Brand?

June 17, 2015
John Trimble
Every professional meeting I attend these days seems to have a segment on the subject of “branding.” We are either being encouraged to develop a law firm brand or a personal brand, or both (At first I thought that a personal “brand” was just a euphemism for a tattoo, and the thought of a branding iron on my backside did not interest me.).
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IndyBar: Scholarships Top $200,000 Milestone

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
Twenty years ago, Rich Blaiklock received a scholarship from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, and the Lewis & Wagner LLP attorney remembers that it couldn’t have come at a better time.
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IndyBar: Incorrect Marion Superior Local Rule Published

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
The Marion Superior Court has announced that the local rule referenced in the 2015 Indiana Rules of Court Volume III- Local book published by Thomson Reuters does not contain the court’s current local rule regarding Writs of Attachment.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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