Indianapolis Bar Association

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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IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Foundation to Award $35,000 Grant

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is now accepting applications through July 8, 2015, for its Impact Fund Grant of at least $35,000 to be awarded in early October 2015. Application instructions and additional information can be found at indybar.org/ibf.
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IndyBar: Arlene Morris Named IndyBar Paralegal of the Year

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2015. Morris will be recognized for this honor at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon, to be held Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Conrad Hotel.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, an honor named for the first woman who gained admittance to the Indiana Bar.
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IndyBar: Unlock Discounts with your IndyBar Membership

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
From solo practitioners to large firms, the pressure to cut costs in the legal profession is greater than ever. For IndyBar members, there’s an easy way to save money on everything from folders to flights from companies like Staples, Verizon and Expedia, simply through IndyBar membership.
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IndyBar: Bar Leader Series Class XII Demonstrates Leadership in Action

June 3, 2015
From IndyBar
Throughout the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series, the importance of motivating, inspiring and leading for the benefit of the profession and community is emphasized at every turn. Participants in Class XII of the series clearly took this to heart, sharing impactful, visionary community service projects at the Class XII Celebration, held May 19.
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IndyBar: See the Future at Bench Bar 2015

June 3, 2015
From IndyBar
If you go to the Bench Bar Conference, you will meet some of Indy’s finest legal professionals – it’s guaranteed. You’ll also get to learn from some of the most well-known and experienced practitioners in the field.
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IndyBar: You Can Make a Difference

June 3, 2015
Three hours out of 744. That’s all it takes to help a family in need—a few hours each month. The result? Happier, safer families leading to a happier, safer city.
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Trimble: Mentoring: Do You Have it in You?

June 3, 2015
John Trimble
I will never forget the first mentoring moment that I received from my legal mentor, Robert Wagner.
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IndyBar: The Country We Call Home – Protecting the Kids Who Do, Too

June 3, 2015
From IndyBar
Start off the CLE season strong by checking out Representing Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Proceedings on Thursday, June 11 from noon to 1 p.m.
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IndyBar: Total Overhaul to IndyBar Low Asset Will Program Proves Beneficial to Clients and Volunteers Alike

May 20, 2015
From IndyBar
After eight years of matching volunteer attorneys with qualifying applicants and recognizing a notable decline in the rate of conversion between application and completion of signed and witnessed documents, the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee changed the Low Asset Wills program format this year to create a two-day clinic, reaching individuals in their respective communities.
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IndyBar: The Talk: The First Step in End-of-Life Health Care Planning

May 20, 2015
From IndyBar
May is Elder Law Awareness Month. Recent bar admittee and IndyBar member Lori Craig shares important information that’s valuable both in the practice and in personal life.
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IndyBar: Leading Litigators Come to Louisville for Bench Bar 2015

May 20, 2015
From IndyBar
At the 2015 Bench Bar Conference, you’ll have the chance to hear from some of the nation’s leading legal experts. One such speaker is James “Jim” P. Cooney III, partner at Womble Carlyle in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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IndyBar: BENCH BAR 2015: Is it Too Good to Be True?

May 20, 2015
John Trimble
To all of you … my friends in the IndyBar, I am here today to break the rule:  Bench Bar 2015 is going to be off the charts GOOD, and while it may sound too good to be true, take my word for it.  It’s true.
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New lawyers admitted to the Indiana bar

May 19, 2015
Kelly Lucas
Telling them that it is a "good day to become a lawyer," Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush welcomed Indiana's newest attorneys to the Indiana bar and oversaw the admission ceremony Tuesday that included the recitation of oaths to practice before the state courts and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono That Is Easier On Your Bottom Line

May 6, 2015
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Modest Means Project provides legal services to people who do not qualify for free representation but who cannot afford to pay attorney fees at ordinary rates.
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Trimble: Do You Hate Networking? Then Call it ‘Friend Making’

May 6, 2015
John Trimble
I was motivated to write this column when I overheard a lawyer say to another lawyer: “If I hear the word ‘networking’ again I am going to puke!
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IndyBar Frontlines - 5/6/15

May 6, 2015
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Financial Damages Expert Opinions: What’s the Difference?

April 22, 2015
From IndyBar
Oftentimes, it is curious how opposing financial damages experts, when presented with the same set of facts in a contested matter, can arrive at opinions with such wide disparities in their respective quantifications of damages.
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Trimble: The Time for a New Justice Center is Now

April 22, 2015
John Trimble
Your Indianapolis Bar Association continues to advocate for local government leaders to face the justice system facilities crisis head on, urging prompt action on whatever financing model can be agreed upon to move a project forward toward construction.
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IndyBar: Help the Homeless: Pro Bono Training and Free CLE Available at Upcoming Program

April 22, 2015
From IndyBar
Many people who call Indy home need legal assistance – even those without a home to live in. Attorneys have the opportunity to help homeless individuals with their legal issues, and an upcoming IndyBar program on April 29 will provide the training to do so.
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IndyBar: Register today for Bench Bar 2015!

April 22, 2015
From IndyBar
Call it Bench Bar 2.0: the event IndyBar members have grown to love over the last 20 years is back and better than ever, with nationally known speakers and a rejuvenated format featuring quick-hitting, high-impact TEDTalk style sessions on fresh, thought-provoking topics.
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  1. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  2. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

  3. She must be a great lawyer

  4. Ind. Courts - "Illinois ranks 49th for how court system serves disadvantaged" What about Indiana? A story today from Dave Collins of the AP, here published in the Benton Illinois Evening News, begins: Illinois' court system had the third-worst score in the nation among state judiciaries in serving poor, disabled and other disadvantaged members of the public, according to new rankings. Illinois' "Justice Index" score of 34.5 out of 100, determined by the nonprofit National Center for Access to Justice, is based on how states serve people with disabilities and limited English proficiency, how much free legal help is available and how states help increasing numbers of people representing themselves in court, among other issues. Connecticut led all states with a score of 73.4 and was followed by Hawaii, Minnesota, New York and Delaware, respectively. Local courts in Washington, D.C., had the highest overall score at 80.9. At the bottom was Oklahoma at 23.7, followed by Kentucky, Illinois, South Dakota and Indiana. ILB: That puts Indiana at 46th worse. More from the story: Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado, Tennessee and Maine had perfect 100 scores in serving people with disabilities, while Indiana, Georgia, Wyoming, Missouri and Idaho had the lowest scores. Those rankings were based on issues such as whether interpretation services are offered free to the deaf and hearing-impaired and whether there are laws or rules allowing service animals in courthouses. The index also reviewed how many civil legal aid lawyers were available to provide free legal help. Washington, D.C., had nearly nine civil legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty, the highest rate in the country. Texas had the lowest rate, 0.43 legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty. http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2014/11/ind_courts_illi_1.html

  5. A very thorough opinion by the federal court. The Rooker-Feldman analysis, in particular, helps clear up muddy water as to the entanglement issue. Looks like the Seventh Circuit is willing to let its district courts cruise much closer to the Indiana Supreme Court's shorelines than most thought likely, at least when the ADA on the docket. Some could argue that this case and Praekel, taken together, paint a rather unflattering picture of how the lower courts are being advised as to their duties under the ADA. A read of the DOJ amicus in Praekel seems to demonstrate a less-than-congenial view toward the higher echelons in the bureaucracy.

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