Indianapolis Bar Association

IBA: Bill Watch 2012 Available Each Week

January 18, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar’s Legislative Committee has launched Bill Watch 2012. Throughout the legislative session, the IndyBar will distribute each week through its electronic newsletter an updated report of progress and recent actions taken in regard bills and resolutions deemed of possible interest to IndyBar members.
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IBA: Mark Calendars for Sedona, Arizona

January 18, 2012
The Indianapolis Bar Association is going on the road with CLE to stunning Sedona, Ariz., November 15-17, 2012.
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IBA Frontlines

January 18, 2012
News from the IndyBar for Jan. 20-Feb. 2, 2012.
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Chinn: Opportunities To Serve In 2012

January 18, 2012
Scott Chinn
IBA President Scott Chinn writes his first column about how members can be involved in 2012.
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2012 IBA Installation Luncheon

January 18, 2012
View photos from the 2012 IBA Installation Luncheon at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis.
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IBA: Attorneys Beware - Conflicts of Interest and Attempts to Make a Buck

January 4, 2012
From IndyBar
Attorneys looking to profit from their experiences at trial take note: the principles behind the so-called “Son of Sam” laws, which prohibit criminal defendants from profiting from the publicity of their crimes, may apply to you too, at least during the pendency of a criminal case.
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IBA: When Kids Become Adults

January 4, 2012
From IndyBar
Charging juveniles as adults is a topic that has garnered media attention lately with a rash of gun-related deaths among teens. It’s also an area where we need to balance sympathy for the victims and for the minor offenders.
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Hebenstreit: Thanks

January 4, 2012
Michael Hebenstreit
Three hundred sixty five days sounds like a long time, but 2011 has flown by very quickly. This is my last column in Indiana Lawyer.
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IBA Frontlines -1/6/12

January 4, 2012
Read news briefs from the IndyBar.
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IBA: No Better Time to Remember our Soldiers

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
This year, why not take just a few minutes and a few dollars, and really do something special: remember a deployed American soldier.
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Hebenstreit: FIGHT ON!

December 21, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Less than 24 hours ago, I knew exactly what my topic for this column was going to be.
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IBA: One Last Gift to Make Before the Holidays End

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
Pro bono for families and children, leadership training for young lawyers, and legal education are all community services enriched by the charitable dollars gifted to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IBA: Volunteer for the IndyBar Hospice Program

December 21, 2011
Looking for a meaningful opportunity for pro bono service? Attorney volunteers are needed for the IndyBar Hospice Program.
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IBA: Courts Announce Renewal of Attorney Access Cards

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
The Marion County Court Administrator’s Office has announced the renewal schedule for attorney access cards to the City-County Building.
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IndyBar 2011 Holiday Party

December 21, 2011
View photos from the 2011 holiday party.
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IBA: Bar Announces Plans for Judicial Evaluation

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
The Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (“JEPAC”) of the Indianapolis Bar Association will begin conducting its evaluation of 2012 candidates for Marion Superior Court at midnight Monday, January 9.
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IBA Frontlines - 12/21/11

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
News from the IndyBar for Dec. 21, 2011.
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IndyBar 2011 Recognition Luncheon

December 7, 2011
From IndyBar
View photos from the 2011 Indianapolis Bar Association Luncheon.
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IBA Frontlines - Dec. 7, 2011

December 7, 2011
News from the IndyBar, including free CLE being offered.
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Hebenstreit: Making a Difference in a Child's Life

December 7, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
IndyBar President Michael Hebenstreit writes about volunteering to be a child advocate or guardian ad litem.
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IBA: Holidays - Time to Network

December 7, 2011
From IndyBar
Whether it’s your first or twenty-fifth holiday networking season, every member of the legal community can gain a great deal from leaving the desk behind and hitting the party circuit.
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Indianapolis Bar Foundation Honors Distinguished Fellows

December 7, 2011
From IndyBar
Each year the Indianapolis Bar Foundation honors individuals for their dedication to the law by bestowing on them the designation of Distinguished Fellow.
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IBA: Making Choices in Mediation

November 23, 2011
From IndyBar
Attorney John Trimble explains that one of the true ironies associated with the popularity of mediation is that many parties are refusing to negotiate outside of mediation.
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IBA Pro Bono Awards: Meeting the needs of our community

November 23, 2011
From IndyBar
Making a difference in providing free legal assistance to our neighbors in Indianapolis is second nature to this year’s winners of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Pro Bono Awards.
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IBA: Recognition and IBF board photos

November 23, 2011
View photos of IBA and IBF honorees.
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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.

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  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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