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IndyBar: Pro Bono That Is Easier On Your Bottom Line

May 6, 2015
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Modest Means Project provides legal services to people who do not qualify for free representation but who cannot afford to pay attorney fees at ordinary rates.
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Trimble: Do You Hate Networking? Then Call it ‘Friend Making’

May 6, 2015
John Trimble
I was motivated to write this column when I overheard a lawyer say to another lawyer: “If I hear the word ‘networking’ again I am going to puke!
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IndyBar Frontlines - 5/6/15

May 6, 2015
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Financial Damages Expert Opinions: What’s the Difference?

April 22, 2015
From IndyBar
Oftentimes, it is curious how opposing financial damages experts, when presented with the same set of facts in a contested matter, can arrive at opinions with such wide disparities in their respective quantifications of damages.
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Trimble: The Time for a New Justice Center is Now

April 22, 2015
John Trimble
Your Indianapolis Bar Association continues to advocate for local government leaders to face the justice system facilities crisis head on, urging prompt action on whatever financing model can be agreed upon to move a project forward toward construction.
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IndyBar: Help the Homeless: Pro Bono Training and Free CLE Available at Upcoming Program

April 22, 2015
From IndyBar
Many people who call Indy home need legal assistance – even those without a home to live in. Attorneys have the opportunity to help homeless individuals with their legal issues, and an upcoming IndyBar program on April 29 will provide the training to do so.
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IndyBar: Register today for Bench Bar 2015!

April 22, 2015
From IndyBar
Call it Bench Bar 2.0: the event IndyBar members have grown to love over the last 20 years is back and better than ever, with nationally known speakers and a rejuvenated format featuring quick-hitting, high-impact TEDTalk style sessions on fresh, thought-provoking topics.
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IndyBar: ‘Move forward aggressively’ on justice center vote

April 20, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indianapolis Bar Association urged the Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council on Monday to "move forward aggressively to construct the criminal justice facilities our city's citizens require."
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IndyBar: Women and the Law Division Mentoring Program Off to a Strong Start

April 8, 2015
From IndyBar
The Women and the Law Division (WLD) is proud to announce that it is continuing its mentoring program for the fourth consecutive year.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Open for IndyBar Paralegal of the Year Award

April 8, 2015
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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Trimble: ‘Reflections on a Lawyer’s Role in a Firestorm’

April 8, 2015
John Trimble
I would venture to say that every lawyer in our association was consulted by someone about the meaning of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 4/8/15

April 8, 2015
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Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Delivering Peace of Mind: Low Asset Wills Program Expands for 2015

April 8, 2015
From IndyBar
For years, IndyBar attorneys have helped community members living in poverty to safeguard their futures through the bar’s Low Asset Wills Program.
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IndyBar: Bench Bar Just Got Better: Registration Now Open!

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
Call it Bench Bar 2.0: the event IndyBar members have grown to love over the last 20 years is back and better than ever, with nationally known speakers and a rejuvenated format featuring quick-hitting, high-impact TEDTalk style sessions on fresh, thought-provoking topics.
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IndyBar: The Last of the Firsts: Feeding the Pipeline through the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
In a February issue of Indiana Lawyer, the Marion County Bar Association (MCBA) and Indianapolis Bar Association paid collaborative tribute to our local African-American trailblazers in honor of Black History Month. In reading this “Celebration of Trailblazers,” I was struck by the relative youth of our central Indiana legal pioneers, many of whom I have had the recent privilege of working alongside as either a judicial clerk, law firm associate or board member of the MCBA. As this “Celebration of Trailblazers” made clear, a good number of our local firsts have been achieved since the turn of the millennium.
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IndyBar: Volunteer Opportunity: ‘The Great Indy Cleanup’

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
IndyBar volunteers rolled up their sleeves to paint a mural in Fountain Square in spring 2014. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference this year!
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Trimble: ‘To Be or Not to Be…Connected 24/7’

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
I woke up this morning and did what most people now do…I grabbed my smart phone and scanned my email inbox for overnight news. I saw immediately that a client had written me at 2:36 a.m. to respond to an email that I had written at 5:45 p.m. the day before. I responded back to him at 5:30 a.m.
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IndyBar Frontlines 3/25/15

March 25, 2015
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Don’t Miss Out on Free CLE Fridays at the IndyBar

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
Get free CLE with your IndyBar membership!
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IndyBar: Work Hard AND Play Hard with the Solo/Small Firm Section

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Practice Section would like to invite everyone to our upcoming CLE and Social on April 20, 2015.
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IndyBar: Intellectual Property Section Patent Bar Scholarships Recipients Announced

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Intellectual Property Section is pleased to award its 2015 Patent Bar Scholarships to Prianka Ghanta and Kevin Oschman of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

March 25, 2015
From IndyBar
See photos from the March 18 Lawyer to Business event!
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IndyBar: Go Back to the Classroom with Associate 101

March 11, 2015
From IndyBar
There’s a lot to learn when starting your law career. Even if you’ve only spent one day on the job, you’ve probably already figured out that there are never enough hours in the day – lawyers are busy people whether it is year one or year 31!
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IndyBar: Turtlenecks, the New England Patriots & What That Tattoo Says About Your Client

March 11, 2015
From IndyBar
Sometime in 2002, when I was still a public defender, I discovered that I was the only one in the courtroom without one.
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Trimble: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: It’s Time To Pay Attention

March 11, 2015
John Trimble
In my spare time, I have the pleasure of chairing the Law Practice Management committee of a national bar association. My duties have taken me all over the place to attend seminars, symposia and managing partner forums to learn about the challenges facing our profession. One theme has been constant at every meeting, namely, that rank and file lawyers are not paying attention.
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  1. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) End of Year Report 2014. (page 13) Under the current system many local registering agencies are challenged just keeping up with registration paperwork. It takes an hour or more to process each registrant, the majority of whom are low risk offenders. As a result law enforcement cannot monitor higher risk offenders more intensively in the community due to the sheer numbers on the registry. Some of the consequences of lengthy and unnecessary registration requirements actually destabilize the life’s of registrants and those -such as families- whose lives are often substantially impacted. Such consequences are thought to raise levels of known risk factors while providing no discernible benefit in terms of community safety. The full report is available online at. http://www.casomb.org/index.cfm?pid=231 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs United States of America. The overall conclusion is that Megan’s law has had no demonstrated effect on sexual offenses in New Jersey, calling into question the justification for start-up and operational costs. Megan’s Law has had no effect on time to first rearrest for known sex offenders and has not reduced sexual reoffending. Neither has it had an impact on the type of sexual reoffense or first-time sexual offense. The study also found that the law had not reduced the number of victims of sexual offenses. The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/app/publications/abstract.aspx? ID=247350 The University of Chicago Press for The Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago and The University of Chicago Law School Article DOI: 10.1086/658483 Conclusion. The data in these three data sets do not strongly support the effectiveness of sex offender registries. The national panel data do not show a significant decrease in the rate of rape or the arrest rate for sexual abuse after implementation of a registry via the Internet. The BJS data that tracked individual sex offenders after their release in 1994 did not show that registration had a significantly negative effect on recidivism. And the D.C. crime data do not show that knowing the location of sex offenders by census block can help protect the locations of sexual abuse. This pattern of noneffectiveness across the data sets does not support the conclusion that sex offender registries are successful in meeting their objectives of increasing public safety and lowering recidivism rates. The full report is available online at. http://www.jstor.org/stable/full/10.1086/658483 These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of conclusions and reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. People, including the media and other organizations should not rely on and reiterate the statements and opinions of the legislators or other people as to the need for these laws because of the high recidivism rates and the high risk offenders pose to the public which simply is not true and is pure hyperbole and fiction. They should rely on facts and data collected and submitted in reports from the leading authorities and credible experts in the fields such as the following. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 0.8% (page 30) The full report is available online at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/Research_Documents/2014_Outcome_Evaluation_Report_7-6-2015.pdf California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) (page 38) Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 1.8% The full report is available online at. http://www.google.com/url?sa= t&source=web&cd=1&ved= 0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F% 2Fwww.cdcr.ca.gov%2FAdult_ Research_Branch%2FResearch_ documents%2FOutcome_ evaluation_Report_2013.pdf&ei= C9dSVePNF8HfoATX-IBo&usg=AFQjCNE9I6ueHz-o2mZUnuxLPTyiRdjDsQ Bureau of Justice Statistics 5 PERCENT OF SEX OFFENDERS REARRESTED FOR ANOTHER SEX CRIME WITHIN 3 YEARS OF PRISON RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. Within 3 years following their 1994 state prison release, 5.3 percent of sex offenders (men who had committed rape or sexual assault) were rearrested for another sex crime, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The full report is available online at. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm Document title; A Model of Static and Dynamic Sex Offender Risk Assessment Author: Robert J. McGrath, Michael P. Lasher, Georgia F. Cumming Document No.: 236217 Date Received: October 2011 Award Number: 2008-DD-BX-0013 Findings: Study of 759 adult male offenders under community supervision Re-arrest rate: 4.6% after 3-year follow-up The sexual re-offense rates for the 746 released in 2005 are much lower than what many in the public have been led to expect or believe. These low re-offense rates appear to contradict a conventional wisdom that sex offenders have very high sexual re-offense rates. The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/236217.pdf Document Title: SEX OFFENDER SENTENCING IN WASHINGTON STATE: RECIDIVISM RATES BY: Washington State Institute For Public Policy. A study of 4,091 sex offenders either released from prison or community supervision form 1994 to 1998 and examined for 5 years Findings: Sex Crime Recidivism Rate: 2.7% Link to Report: http://www.oncefallen.com/files/Washington_SO_Recid_2005.pdf Document Title: Indiana’s Recidivism Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Year BY: Indiana Department of Correction 2009. The recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%, one of the lowest in the nation. In a time when sex offenders continue to face additional post-release requirements that often result in their return to prison for violating technical rules such as registration and residency restrictions, the instances of sex offenders returning to prison due to the commitment of a new sex crime is extremely low. Findings: sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05% Link to Report: http://www.in.gov/idoc/files/RecidivismRelease.pdf Once again, These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. No one can doubt that child sexual abuse is traumatic and devastating. The question is not whether the state has an interest in preventing such harm, but whether current laws are effective in doing so. Megan’s law is a failure and is destroying families and their children’s lives and is costing tax payers millions upon millions of dollars. The following is just one example of the estimated cost just to implement SORNA which many states refused to do. From Justice Policy Institute. Estimated cost to implement SORNA Here are some of the estimates made in 2009 expressed in 2014 current dollars: California, $66M; Florida, $34M; Illinois, $24M; New York, $35M; Pennsylvania, $22M; Texas, $44M. In 2014 dollars, Virginia’s estimate for implementation was $14M, and the annual operating cost after that would be $10M. For the US, the total is $547M. That’s over half a billion dollars – every year – for something that doesn’t work. http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/08-08_FAC_SORNACosts_JJ.pdf. Attempting to use under-reporting to justify the existence of the registry is another myth, or a lie. This is another form of misinformation perpetrated by those who either have a fiduciary interest in continuing the unconstitutional treatment of a disfavored group or are seeking to justify their need for punishment for people who have already paid for their crime by loss of their freedom through incarceration and are now attempting to reenter society as honest citizens. When this information is placed into the public’s attention by naive media then you have to wonder if the media also falls into one of these two groups that are not truly interested in reporting the truth. Both of these groups of people that have that type of mentality can be classified as vigilantes, bullies, or sociopaths, and are responsible for the destruction of our constitutional values and the erosion of personal freedoms in this country. I think the media or other organizations need to do a in depth investigation into the false assumptions and false data that has been used to further these laws and to research all the collateral damages being caused by these laws and the unconstitutional injustices that are occurring across the country. They should include these injustices in their report so the public can be better informed on what is truly happening in this country on this subject. Thank you for your time.

  2. Freedom as granted in the Constitution cannot be summarily disallowed without Due Process. Unable to to to the gym, church, bowling alley? What is this 1984 level nonsense? Congrats to Brian for having the courage to say that this was enough! and Congrats to the ACLU on the win!

  3. America's hyper-phobia about convicted sex offenders must end! Politicians must stop pandering to knee-jerk public hysteria. And the public needs to learn the facts. Research by the California Sex Offender Management Board as shown a recidivism rate for convicted sex offenders of less than 1%. Less than 1%! Furthermore, research shows that by year 17 after their conviction, a convicted sex offender is no more likely to commit a new sex offense than any other member of the public. Put away your torches and pitchforks. Get the facts. Stop hysteria.

  4. He was convicted 23 years ago. How old was he then? He probably was a juvenile. People do stupid things, especially before their brain is fully developed. Why are we continuing to punish him in 2016? If he hasn't re-offended by now, it's very, very unlikely he ever will. He paid for his mistake sufficiently. Let him live his life in peace.

  5. This year, Notre Dame actually enrolled an equal amount of male and female students.

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