Indianapolis Bar Association

Blomquist: No Joke — Let’s Take Care of the Lawyers

April 24, 2013
A dear non-lawyer friend of mine recently gave me a joke book about lawyers. If you’re like me you have received such a gift before and you smile, nod your head, chuckle at the gesture, and relegate the book to being a bathroom staple until your conscience allows you to throw it away.
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IBA: Volunteer to Take a Family Law or Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Case

April 24, 2013
From IndyBar
The day has arrived when local legal service providers and the bar are coordinating efforts to provide pro bono help in family law cases, and we’re ready for your help.
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IBA: The Answer for a Good Time?

April 24, 2013
From IndyBar
Members of the legal community gathered to spar over trivia while supporting the Indianapolis Bar Foundation at the fourth IBF Trivia Night, held Tuesday, April 16 at the Northside Knights of Columbus.
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IBA: IndyBar Launches Online CLE

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
In an age where nearly every task can be completed on the Web, it’s no surprise that online education is gaining in popularity for busy professionals across the globe.
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IBA: Client Development Through Relationship-Building

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
As a seasoned professional, you know the ins and outs of laws and regulations, the guidelines and the sound strategies that will benefit your clients. You have no trepidations offering advice. When it comes to your business, however that confidence often evaporates.
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IBA: Nod to Professionalism

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism seeks to promote positive images of lawyers throughout the Indianapolis community and within our bar.
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Blomquist: Online and on Your Time

April 10, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
This week, your IndyBar is launching its Online CLE Course offerings after months of planning by both the IndyBar staff and leadership.
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IBA: Public Opinion Requested on Possible Court Rule Changes

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indiana Supreme Court is interested in obtaining comments from judges, attorneys and the general public as it considers changes to the Rules of Court.
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IBA Frontlines 4/10/13

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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Pause For Professionalism - Civility in the Trial Court

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
Even the best law school does not teach everything that a lawyer needs to know.
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IBA: Twentieth Bench Bar Conference Features In-House Counsel Track

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
The 2013 Bench Bar Conference, to be held June 13-15, at the Mariott Downtown in Louisville, Ky., offers a total of 18 different CLE sessions, with five of those sessions included in the new In-House Counsel Track developed by the 2013 Bench Bar Conference Committee.
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IBA: Volunteers Needed for National High School Mock Trial Championship

April 10, 2013
From IndyBar
For the first time, Indiana will host the 2013 National High School Mock Trial Championship May 9-11, 2013, in downtown Indianapolis.
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IBA: Bar Leader Series Service Projects Impact Local Community

March 27, 2013
From IndyBar
As part of the leadership development curriculum of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series, the 25 members of Bar Leader Series Class X (BLS X) have been charged with creating, developing and executing service projects to benefit the Indianapolis community.
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Blomquist: Lawyers Confront Human Trafficking

March 27, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
A series of resolutions passed by the ABA’s House of Delegates at the February Midyear meeting encourages the creation of policies to protect victims. One of those resolutions urges bar associations to develop more training programs to help identify trafficking victims.
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IBA: Interrogatories

March 27, 2013
She is a graduate of Indiana University and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. She has served as a Deputy Public Defender at the Indiana State Public Defender’s Office, the Principal Clerk of the Indiana House of Representatives, and a Donor Relations Officer at Indiana Landmarks. She is Lee Smith, and she has been served with interrogatories.
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IndyBar Hosts Bar Leader Series Alumni Event

March 27, 2013
From IndyBar
The IndyBar welcomed Ron Gifford of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Central Indiana Transit Task Force to present the latest business developments, legislative updates and the financial implications of bringing mass transit to Indianapolis at the first Bar Leader Series Alumni Program on Thursday, March 14.
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IBA: Coaching To Help Meet Professional Goals

March 13, 2013
From IndyBar
You’re an expert in the legal arena. You live and breathe assisting individuals in this litigious society … or so you thought. It doesn’t take long in your field to realize all those various law classes back in law school failed to cover the basics of managing a successful practice.
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IBA: Racing Attorney Conference Returns to Indy in April

March 13, 2013
From IndyBar
Indianapolis prides itself as the “racing capital of the world.” But even as numerous industries in Indiana have benefited enormously from motorsports, for many years the benefit to the legal community of Indiana was less certain.
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Blomquist: Funding our Guarantors of Democracy

March 13, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist

Although it’s a challenge to separate the reality from the hype when discussing impact of sequestration on our court system, it is a necessary dialogue, and numbers and potential impact must be shared.

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IBA Frontlines - 3/13/13

March 13, 2013
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IBA: Do You Know the 5 Rules of Civility?

March 13, 2013
From IndyBar
How do you want to be remembered when you retire from the practice of law? Or, if you have already retired, how do you hope your former colleagues speak of you now?
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IBA: Register today for upcoming Member Gatherings!

March 13, 2013
From IndyBar
Escape from your office to enjoy an hour with your colleagues and these engaging programs and speakers at this year’s lineup of IndyBar member gatherings. Save the dates and register today!
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IBA: Interrogatories

February 27, 2013
Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar
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Blomquist: Meaningful, Relevant and Fun, Oh My!

February 27, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
When time, technology and specialization challenge us to stay engaged, how do we as a bar association stay meaningful, relevant and fun?
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IBA Frontlines -2/27/13

February 27, 2013
From IndyBar
News from the IndyBar!
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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  2. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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