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IndyBar: Green by Example – Going Green Starts at the Top

July 16, 2014
From IndyBar
Going green isn’t something that happens overnight – but Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler says it doesn’t take much longer than a night to see the changes adding up.
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IndyBar: Moberly Appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge

July 16, 2014
From IndyBar
The Hon. Robyn L. Moberly of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana will replace Judge James K. Coachys as the chief judge of the court Aug. 1.
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IndyBar: Together We are Making a Difference

July 16, 2014
From IndyBar
It is a good time of the year to highlight the significant impact that your financial contributions to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) are having on the community.
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Abrams: SUMMERTIME - Fun in the Sun and With the IndyBar

July 16, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
Summertime is a wonderful time of the year. Not only are there so many things to do outside (when it finally stops raining), but there are also lots of great events with the IndyBar and Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IndyBar: Jodie L. Bergeron Named IndyBar Paralegal of the Year

July 16, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Jodie L. Bergeron of Cohen & Malad LLP as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2014.
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IndyBar: Honor the Best of the Best

July 16, 2014
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee is soliciting nominations for the 2014 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge).
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IndyBar: Indy Legal Community to ‘Stock the Schools’ for Teachers’ Treasures

July 16, 2014
From IndyBar
With over half of the children in Marion County unable to afford school lunch, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are little funds available for these students to purchase the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. That’s why the Indianapolis legal community is once again “Stocking the Schools” before the school buses roll out for a new year.
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IndyBar: Attorney Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project

July 16, 2014
From IndyBar
Want to make an impact? The IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project is looking for attorney volunteers. Through this project, IndyBar volunteers visit four local homeless shelters each month, giving legal advice and occasionally offering limited representation.
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IndyBar: Lessons in Timing from the Washington Redskins Trademark Cancellation

July 2, 2014
From IndyBar
Last week, upon petition by five Native American individuals, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) cancelled six trademarks bearing the word “Redskin” registered to the Washington, D.C., based NFL team between 1967 and 1990.
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IndyBar: Volunteer to Take a Pro Bono Family Law Case

July 2, 2014
From IndyBar
The lack of licensed attorneys willing to assume responsibility for routine family law matters is a universal concern for pro bono legal service providers. Although volunteer programs such as the IndyBar’s Legal Line and Ask A Lawyer events provide general information to direct those with legal needs in the right direction, these independent events do not provide the ongoing legal services often necessary to fully resolve a particular issue.
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IndyBar: Civility. Courtesy. Respect. Professionalism.

July 2, 2014
From IndyBar
Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for Antoinette Dakin Leach and Paralegal Awards

June 18, 2014
From IndyBar
It’s no secret that Indianapolis is home to many talented, dedicated legal professionals. Give deserving colleagues the recognition they deserve: the nomination period is now open for two IndyBar awards, the Women and the Law Division’s Antoinette Dakin Leach Award and the IndyBar Paralegal of the Year award.
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IndyBar: Celebrating Summer with the Women and the Law Division

June 18, 2014
From IndyBar
More than 100 members of the bench and bar gathered to celebrate the arrival of warm weather with colleagues at the Women and the Law Division’s annual Summer Reception, held Tuesday, June 10 at the Indiana Historical Society.
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Abrams: See you in Cincinnati

June 18, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
By the time you are reading this article, I will be on my way to the 21st Annual Bench Bar in Cincinnati, Ohio. So, I asked myself when I attended my first Bench Bar, what is a Benesch commercial real estate lawyer going to do at a Bench Bar Conference? The answer? Lots of things.
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IndyBar: Diversity Job Fair Recognized with ABA Partnership Award

June 18, 2014
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair is enjoying the national spotlight as a recipient of the 2014 Partnership Award from the American Bar Association (ABA). The fair was selected for the award in early June; IndyBar representatives will accept the award during the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Boston this August.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono Opportunity Available for Tax Practitioners

June 18, 2014
From IndyBar
Have you found yourself wanting to use your tax knowledge to benefit members of the community? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way? Now there is! The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC) has partnered with the IndyBar Tax Section to create a unique opportunity for tax practitioners to use their tax knowledge in a new way
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IndyBar: Paralegal Committee Presents Third Annual Careers in Law Fair

June 18, 2014
From IndyBar
Building on the success of the past two years, the IndyBar Paralegal Committee presented its third “Careers in Law” Fair Wednesday, June 11.
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IndyBar: IBF awards $35,000 Impact Fund Grant to the Joseph Maley Foundation

June 4, 2014
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation announced May 28 that the Joseph Maley Foundation has been named the recipient of the 2014 Impact Fund Grant of $35,000. Specifically, the grant will fund the foundation’s new Parent Education and Pro Bono Legal Assistance Program for central Indiana students with individualized education plans.
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IndyBar: Interrogatories - Samantha DeWester

June 4, 2014
From IndyBar
A candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar.
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Abrams: Unjust Criticism of the Judicial System

June 4, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
The Indianapolis Bar Association has had a long-time policy on addressing unjust criticism of the judicial system. While we have not needed to review very many cases, a recent case provided an unusual twist on the review of the judicial system.
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IndyBar: Class XI Series Graduates Ready to Lead

June 4, 2014
From IndyBar
There were no caps and gowns, but the 25 participants in Bar Leader Series Class XI graduated May 21, full of encouragement to step into leadership roles both within the legal community and beyond. Congratulations to the talented, ambitious members of Class XI!
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IndyBar: Young Lawyers Make Their Mark in Fountain Square

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
The YLD played a significant role in this year’s cleanup, donating $500 toward supplies used in painting a 4,500 square-foot mural in the Fountain Square neighborhood.
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IndyBar: Belfast, 1972, The Troubles and the Confrontation Clause

May 21, 2014
James Bell
James Bell writes, "After stops in Ontario, Baltimore and Pennsylvania, I was raised in Alabama and later moved to Indiana where I became a United States citizen. Had I grown up in Northern Ireland, things may have been different for me."
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Around the IndyBar

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
Attorneys, judges and students gathered for the bar’s annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” event Thursday, May 15 at the Hilton Indianapolis.
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IndyBar Frontlines

May 21, 2014
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar!
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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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