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IndyBar: Pro Bono in the Fast Lane!

June 29, 2016
From IndyBar
In the mood for meaningful pro bono service without the long-term commitment? Volunteer just a couple hours at Ask a Lawyer on Oct. 11 and you’ll provide guidance that can make a world of difference to our neighbors in need.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 6/29/16

June 29, 2016
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Intellectual Property Section Awards Patent Bar Scholarships

June 29, 2016
From IndyBar
Congratulations to Melissa Haulcomb, a second-year law student at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and to Derek Hamilton, a second-year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law! These IndyBar law student members are the recipients of the IndyBar Intellectual Property Section’s 2016 Patent Bar Scholarships.
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IndyBar: Meet Antoinette Dakin Leach

June 15, 2016
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.
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IndyBar: Stock the Schools and Help Local Kids

June 15, 2016
From IndyBar
Bring your lightly-used or no longer needed office supplies like folders, notepads, pens, art supplies and more to Monument Circle on July 20 and you’ll not only clear out your own clutter—you’ll help teachers working hard to educate our local schoolchildren.
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IndyBar: Get on Board! Nominations Open for 2017 Board of Directors

June 15, 2016
From IndyBar
The nominations for The IndyBar’s 2017 Board of Directors are now open, and it’s up to you to help determine the future of your local bar association! Several positions, noted below, will be available in 2017.
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Moberly: A Quarter-Century In, She’s A Legend for a Lifetime

June 15, 2016
Robyn Moberly
Well, I can tell you about one person who has worked at the same place for 25 years—our Executive Director, Julie Armstrong.
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IndyBar: Deadline Approaching for 2016 Impact Fund Grant

June 15, 2016
From IndyBar
Through the Impact Fund, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation works to these bring important and impactful projects to life.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for 2017 IndyBar Board of Directors

June 1, 2016
From IndyBar
The nomination period has begun for the 2017 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and Jeff Abrams of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has been appointed to chair the effort.
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IndyBar: Congratulations, Bar Leader Graduates!

June 1, 2016
From IndyBar
Class XIII Series has officially completed their Bar Leader Series journey. Learn more about the graduates and their community service team projects.
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Moberly: It’s Time to get IndyBar-Involved!

June 1, 2016
Robyn Moberly
Like many members, I have always attended the association’s brown bag seminars and Bench Bar, but for years I didn’t do too much more with the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Applications Now Accepted for $35,000 Impact Fund Grant

June 1, 2016
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is now accepting applications through July 1 for the 2016 Impact Fund Grant.
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IndyBar: Why Attending Bench Bar is a Great Idea

May 18, 2016
From IndyBar
The Bench Bar Conference is where judges and lawyers learn the "inside baseball" of our profession. Here are reasons why you should take advantage of this great opportunity and consider attending this year's Bench Bar.
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IndyBar: Bench Bar A ‘Can’t Miss’ Event for 22 Years

May 18, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The idea for the IndyBar Bench Bar Conference came from similar events in the 1990s in St. Louis and Kansas City. Now, the local event is bigger than either of those and offers great opportunities for education, networking and fun.
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IndyBar: Talking Points with the Top Paralegal

May 18, 2016
From IndyBar
IndyBar recently recognized Cheryl Keene as the 2016 Paralegal of the Year. The award is given to an outstanding paralegal in the Indianapolis community, and Keene exemplifies the passion, dedication, and service worthy of this recognition.
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IndyBar: IndyBar Service Plays a Supporting Role in Historic Oral Argument

May 4, 2016
From IndyBar
Josh Tatum discusses the Indiana Appellate Institute.
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IndyBar: Cheryl Keene Named IndyBar Paralegal of the Year

May 4, 2016
The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Cheryl Keene of Cohen & Malad LLP as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2016.
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Campbell: Everything Is AWESOME!!! At The Indianapolis Bar Foundation

May 4, 2016
From IndyBar
Everything is AWESOME!!! from the "Lego Movie" is really about what the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) does every day—advance justice and lead positive change in our community through philanthropy, education, and service. And, yes, that work is awesome!
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IndyBar: Stay in the Loop with News and Resources Just for Solo/Small Firm Attorneys!

May 4, 2016
From IndyBar
Signing up for the new IndyBar solo/small firm listserv is easy AND FREE! This new resource gives you a chance to personally interact with colleagues to solve a problem and provide tips and guidance.
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IndyBar: New IndyBar Resource Available to Marion County Litigators

May 4, 2016
From IndyBar
IndyBar members will be walking into the courtroom with even more confidence, thanks to a recent resource compiled by the association’s Litigation Section.
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IndyBar: Breakfast with the Bar Serves up ‘Cold Pizza’ Tips

April 20, 2016
From IndyBar
Breakfast with the Bar is a monthly IndyBar Law Student Division event held throughout the academic year where law students mingle with attorneys in a small group setting. Each event features a different practice area or type. While Breakfast with the Bar will take a break for the summer, keep an eye out for it to start back up in September, and enjoy a law student’s recap of the most recent session!
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Wright: In Full Swing for Spring: Get Involved with the YLD!

April 20, 2016
From IndyBar
The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) had a very successful first quarter – thanks to our diligent board and dedicated membership. On behalf of the YLD, I am happy to report on the YLD’s accomplishments to date, as well as our upcoming objectives next quarter.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Open for IndyBar Paralegal of the Year Award

April 20, 2016
From IndyBar
Assistance from qualified and competent paralegals is crucial to the success of many attorneys. This year, make sure to recognize the important paralegal in your life by submitting a Paralegal of the Year Award nomination.
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IndyBar: Have you heard the news? IndyBar Launches Listservs for Sections and Divisions

April 20, 2016
From IndyBar
Some of the most valuable tips and resources come not from a scholarly journal or a classroom—they come from a productive discussion with colleagues.
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IndyBar: Ask a Lawyer - More than 560 people helped!

April 20, 2016
From IndyBar
Read more about the recent Ask a Lawyer event.
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  1. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

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  3. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  4. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

  5. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

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