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IBA: Networking Today for Opportunities Tomorrow

March 30, 2011
From IndyBar
Never before has networking been more important to professional growth.
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IBA Frontlines

March 30, 2011
IBA Frontlines for March 30, 2011.
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Money and Ethics: "Non-refundable" Fees

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
It’s the beginning of a case and your client has agreed in writing to a $10,000 non-refundable retainer. You get to work. The case is messy. There are motions to prepare, witnesses to interview and your client is constantly calling for “updates.”
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IndyBar Adopts Policy on Social Media

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
More and more social media is being used as not just a personal form of communication, but as professional communication, as well. Recognizing the need to interact with its large membership, the Indianapolis Bar Association established a presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Time is Running Out to Volunteer

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Attorneys are needed to provide one-on-one legal counseling to members of the public during IndyBar’s Ask a Lawyer program on April 12 at the following Marion County Library locations from 2-4 p.m. or 4-6 p.m.
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Legal Hiring Expected to Remain Strong in Second Quarter

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Hiring in the legal field should remain strong in the second quarter of 2011, new research suggests.
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Law Student Scholarship Applications Now Available

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Annually, it awards academic and educational scholarships to deserving law students as one way of carrying out its mission – to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service. Applications for 2011 Academic and Educational Scholarships are now being accepted.
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IBA Frontlines - March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Learn more about what is happening at the IBA today!
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Seminar: The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly

March 16, 2011
View photos from the IBA 2011 Lawyer-Legislator panel.
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Looking on the Bright Side...

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
I freely admit this is the time of year that I question my family’s decision to establish our residence north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Going for weeks on end without sunshine is not good for one’s soul. In Indiana, March is the month that typically throws a couple of cruel jokes this way. About the time Hoosiers become convinced that we have turned the corner and Spring has really arrived, the weather gods typically throw in a last winter storm (or two).
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IBA: The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Award Luncheon

March 2, 2011

View photos from the 2011 luncheon.

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IBA: Jim Voyles - The Epitome of a Buchanan Award Recipient

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Award of Excellence is presented “from time to time”. It is intended to both reward the accomplishments of the recipient and to inspire others to such service. James H. Voyles, Jr. of Voyles Zahn Paul Hogan & Merriman was determined to be a worthy recipient and by the comments made at a recent luncheon in his honor, he certainly epitomizes the lawyer deserving of such recognition.
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IBA Frontlines

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
IBA Frontlines for March 2, 2011.
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IBA: AIB Leadership Announced

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
When the Indianapolis Bar Association created the first-of-its-kind Attorneys for an Independent Bench (“AIB”) PAC last year, it charted a new course to address public perception of lawyers and the legal system.
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IBA: Ogletree Deakins Names Keltner Managing Shareholder

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. has named Kristin Keltner as managing shareholder of the firm’s Indianapolis office.
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Hebenstreit: One Lunch Hour You Shouldn't Skip

March 2, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
On March 24th, the IndyBar hosts its annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” from noon to 1 PM at the Conrad Hotel.
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IBA: Special Situations That Are Not Unique in Witness Control

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
When cross examining a witness it’s not unusual to be confronted with the “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” witness. Evasive answers like “I don’t know or I can’t remember” shouldn’t necessarily frustrate the cross-examiner.
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Hebenstreit: Banding Together for the Greater Good

February 16, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Usually, the collective body of a group can accomplish greater good than the individual parts. That is one reason people band together, be it for religious purposes, political ideals, or service to a community. This is certainly true of your IndyBar.
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IBA: Eliminate Surprises; Use Caution and Care When Changing Fee Agreements

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
It’s a typical case and the potential client and you have agreed to a flat fee of $10,000 for the entire representation. However, as the case trudges through the system, the case requires more work than expected. You should get paid for the extra work, right?
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IBA: Local Attorneys to Lead Baker & Daniels

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Baker & Daniels LLP has announced its top leadership positions for 2011, including the election of Indianapolis lawyer David Barrett and re-election of Hud Pfeiffer to three-year terms on the law firm’s strategic and policy board.
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IBA: Two Hours Can Change a Life

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Provide the community with the opportunity to not only gain free legal advice, but to get to know what great community servants lawyers are by volunteering to assist with the Indianapolis Bar Association’s April 12, 2011 Ask a Lawyer program.
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IBA: When Disaster Strikes

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Icepocalypse 2011 is finally beginning to melt.hankfully, no local practitioners experienced damage to their offices due to collapsed roofs or other storm damage. However, if they had what were the chances they had a disaster plan in place to deal with the aftermath?
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IBA: Nod to professionalism

February 16, 2011
R. Anthony Prather
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IBA Frontlines

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Frontlines for Feb. 16, 2011.
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IBA: Techniques for Controlling Challenging Witnesses That Work, Some with Risk

February 2, 2011
From IndyBar
Third in a series of articles on Witness Control and Cross Examination.
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  1. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  2. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  3. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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