Indianapolis Bar Association

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
From IndyBar
News from the IndyBar.
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IndyBar Interrogatories - Matthew Butterick

June 19, 2013
From IndyBar
He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. He is an attorney. He is the typeface designer behind Equity, a font for lawyers. And he is the author of “Typography for Lawyers.” He is Matthew Butterick, and he has been served with interrogatories.
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IndyBar: The Appellate Courts Demystified

June 19, 2013
From IndyBar
For some trial attorneys, the courtroom becomes like a second home.
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IBA: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Awards $35,000 Impact Fund Grant to Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

June 5, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation announced May 29 that Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) has been awarded the organization’s 2013 Impact Fund Grant of $35,000.
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IBA: Celebrating the Journey

June 5, 2013
From IndyBar
Reflections on the Bar Leader Series Class X Experience
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Blomquist: Changing the World and Having a Good Time Through The IndyBar Bar Leader Series

June 5, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Me again. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you that I once dreaded the idea of writing these columns. I really did.
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IBA Frontlines - 6/5/13

June 5, 2013
From IndyBar
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IBA: An Alternative to Rule 28(E) For Service of Non-Party Discovery

June 5, 2013
From IndyBar
Did you know that Indiana law provides an easier way to pursue non-party discovery for use in out-of-state litigation?
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IBA: Interrogatories

May 22, 2013
From IndyBar
She is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She served as Revisor of Statutes, Director of the Public Law Division of the Indiana Legislative Services Agency, and Chief Counsel to the Indiana Senate before entering private practice in 1988. She is Marcia Oddi, the preeminent Indiana law blogger, and she has been served with interrogatories.
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IBA: Bar Gathers to Honor Paralegals

May 22, 2013
From IndyBar
The assistance of qualified and competent paralegals is crucial to the success of many attorneys.
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Blomquist: Gideon at 50 is A Work in Progress

May 22, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established that under the Constitution, states are required to provide a lawyer to criminally charged defendants who cannot otherwise afford one.
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IBA Frontlines -5/22/13

May 22, 2013
From IndyBar
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IBA: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Awards Academic and Educational Scholarships

May 22, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation recently awarded seven scholarships to both law students and to individuals preparing to take the Indiana Bar Exam in summer 2013.
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IBA: Shortridge High School Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Students at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy experienced the final step to becoming an American citizen first-hand Thursday, May 2 as the school hosted a naturalization ceremony for more than 80 individuals seeking citizenship.
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IBA Bar Leader Series Class X: Public Safety in the Spotlight

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Regrettably, we see all too often in the news the various threats to the safety of our citizens in Indianapolis and throughout the country. These struggles are universal and impact all of us as a society in different ways.
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IBA: Fun Abounds at the Bench Bar Conference

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Though the Bench Bar Conference’s unparalleled educational programming naturally receives top billing, its plentiful non-CLE related offerings are also worthy of being shared and appreciated. From golf to trivia, these activities are vital in creating the casual, relaxed atmosphere that has mad
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Blomquist: The IBA Bench Bar Conference, Well Worth the 'Conference Depression' Risk

May 8, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Here is a new phrase for me: “Conference Depression. According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition of “conference depression” is: “Being extremely depressed after an awesome weekend at a conference.” Withdrawal usually lasts a day or two depending on the conference.
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IBA Frontlines - 5/8/13

May 8, 2013
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IBA: How to Save Time and Increase Cash Flow

May 8, 2013
From IndyBar
Time is money. You may not be able to detail it on a year-end balance sheet or claim a whiled away afternoon as a legitimate loss, but the old adage is still true. For lawyers dependent on hourly billing, managing time is one of the most essential professional practices to be mastered.
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IBA: Have Impact. Be One. Support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

April 24, 2013
From IndyBar
April is a busy month for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IBA Interrogatories - Benjamin Keele

April 24, 2013
Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar.
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Blomquist: No Joke — Let’s Take Care of the Lawyers

April 24, 2013
A dear non-lawyer friend of mine recently gave me a joke book about lawyers. If you’re like me you have received such a gift before and you smile, nod your head, chuckle at the gesture, and relegate the book to being a bathroom staple until your conscience allows you to throw it away.
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IBA: Volunteer to Take a Family Law or Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Case

April 24, 2013
From IndyBar
The day has arrived when local legal service providers and the bar are coordinating efforts to provide pro bono help in family law cases, and we’re ready for your help.
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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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