Indianapolis Bar Association

Blomquist: Valuing Our Judiciary

August 14, 2013
I am writing this President’s column in San Francisco at a meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Yes, there is an association of us, frightening though that may seem, yet I unapologetically say it is a good thing. This association helps bar leaders and executives analyze and confront the unique challenges we have as our legal worlds collide, whether it be defining (and paying for) the ideal legal education in 2013, triaging the challenges of our underfunded courts, the changing professional landscape for today’s (and tomorrow’s) practitioners or the very real access to justice issues apparent by the increasing percentage of individuals and businesses who just cannot afford to hire a lawyer anymore to solve their problems.
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IndyBar: Applications Now Accepted for IndyBar Review Scholarships

August 14, 2013
Planning to take the bar exam in Winter 2014? Applications are now being accepted for two scholarships for the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Winter 2014 IndyBar Review session. The application deadline is November 1.
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IndyBar: IBA Frontlines

August 14, 2013
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IndyBar: IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

August 14, 2013
View images from the 2013 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.
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IndyBar: Nominate a Colleague for an IndyBar Recognition Award

August 14, 2013
From IndyBar
Do you know of a deserving IndyBar member who has worked hard for the community? Nominate him or her for an IndyBar award! Nominations are being accepted for the following IndyBar awards: the Dr. John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education and the IndyBar Pro Bono Awards, which are presented in five categories: Practicing Attorney, Aiding Individuals; Practicing Attorney, Aiding Entities; Law Firm; Law Student and Paralegal. Go to www.indybar.org for a nomination form. Nominations are due September 30, 2013.
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IndyBar: Interrogatories - Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar

July 31, 2013
From IndyBar
He is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and the Valparaiso University School of Law. He served as a Marion County Deputy Prosecutor and Commissioner at both the Arrestee Processing Center and traffic court before his election to the Marion Superior Court bench in 2009. He is the Honorable Marc T. Rothenberg, and he has been served with interrogatories.
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IndyBar: Go Green…and Save Green!

July 31, 2013
From IndyBar
Saving the planet feels good…but does it feel as good as saving money? It turns out you can do both at the same time, according to IndyBar member Rick Mann, who heads up his own small firm in Indianapolis. Richard A. Mann PC was recognized for its outstanding efforts to go green in 2012 through the IndyBar’s Green Legal Initiative, which encourages firms, agencies and legal departments to adopt greener business practices.
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Indy Bar: IndyBar Health Section becomes the “Health Care and Life Sciences Section”

July 31, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Health Care Section was recently rebranded as the Health Care and Life Sciences Section. This section has long served attorneys representing local health care systems and providers by coordinating educational opportunities and maintaining a professional forum for information sharing and collaboration.
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Blomquist: In Defense of Hope

July 31, 2013
From IndyBar
I’ve been reading this book about the benefits of positive anticipation. Well actually I’ve owned this book for several years but I put everything aside and pick it back up when I start to believe that cynicism is the great disease of the era, and, frankly, I begin to feel infected.
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Indy Bar: Stock the Schools to Benefit Local Students, Teachers

July 31, 2013
From IndyBar
With over half of the children in Marion County unable to afford school lunch, it shouldn’t be surprising that there are little funds available for these students to purchase the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. As the school buses head out for a new year, the IndyBar Professionalism Committee urges firms, agencies and legal departments to “Stock the Schools” in the committee’s inaugural school supply drive to benefit local non-profit Teachers’ Treasures.
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IndyBar: IBA Frontlines

July 31, 2013
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IndyBar: Planning Ahead for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers

July 17, 2013
From IndyBar
Have you ever thought about what would happen if you were suddenly involved in an accident, or had an unexpected illness, or an untimely death? In such situations, how would your clients fare? Who would cover upcoming court dates? Who would guide clients to new counsel?
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IndyBar: Women & the Law Division Seeking Nominations for Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

July 17, 2013
From IndyBar
If you know a successful female attorney who exemplifies the determination and successes of Antoinette Dakin Leach, then please nominate her for the 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.
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IndyBar: US Law Firms on Pace for Record Year

July 17, 2013
From IndyBar
There were 18 law firm mergers and acquisitions announced in the United States in the second quarter of 2013, according to Altman Weil MergerLine. At the mid-year point, there have been 39 total mergers, putting 2013 on a potentially record–setting pace.
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Blomquist: Happy Summer

July 17, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Here is my self-directed summertime resolution: do something.
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IBA Frontlines - 7/17/13

July 17, 2013
From IndyBar
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

July 3, 2013
From IndyBar
The Women & the Law Division’s Annual Summer Reception was held Tuesday, June 25 at the Indiana Historical Society.
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IndyBar: Have a Question? Just Ask a Lawyer!

July 3, 2013
From IndyBar
It is no secret that the legal profession has been increasingly focused on community and pro bono services in the past few years. This emphasis has led many firms to recognize the pro bono efforts of their attorneys, with some firms enacting yearly pro bono hour requirements that count as credit toward an attorney’s billable hour requirement.
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IndyBar: I am humbled

July 3, 2013
From IndyBar
Kelley Johnson writes about how during her service this year as Indianapolis Bar Foundation president, she is continually humbled by IndyBar members.
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IBA Frontlines - 7/3/13

July 3, 2013
From IndyBar
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IndyBar: Simplify Your Practice with Forms and Resources

July 3, 2013
From IndyBar
The sharing of information and resources is one of the greatest benefits of an association. During the course of its more than 125 year history, the Indianapolis Bar Association has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk or in hard copy.
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IndyBar: Perfect Your Oral Argument with the Indiana Appellate Institute

July 3, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indiana Appellate Institute, created by the IndyBar Appellate Practice Section, is a resource available to lawyers throughout the state who have oral arguments scheduled before the Indiana Supreme Court or Court of Appeals.
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IndyBar: Bench & Bar Gather for 20th Bench Bar Conference

June 19, 2013
From IndyBar
It’s grown in size from 80 to more than 300, moved to different locations and has evolved into the premier event for education and networking for central Indiana attorneys, but the mission of the Bench Bar Conference has remained the same for the past 20 years—to promote collegiality and build positive relationships among practitioners in the Indy legal community.
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Blomquist: All I Really Need to Know About Being a Lawyer, I Learned in Kindergarten

June 19, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Okay, that is a bit sweeping, I admit, and before I rain on our academic colleagues’ summer parade and disenfranchise an entire generation of young lawyers out there who are trudging along with massive law school loan debt, let me revise.
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IBA Frontlines - 6/19/13

June 19, 2013
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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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