Indianapolis Bar Association

IBA: Around the Bar

February 27, 2013
From IndyBar
See photos from the IndyBar's recent events.
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IBA: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Grant Supports Expansion Of In-School Teen Court

February 13, 2013
From IndyBar
As the recipient of the 2012 Impact Fund grant of $35,000 from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Reach for Youth expanded its successful Teen Court program to include an in-school Teen Court project aimed at halting disruptive behavior before it escalates to criminal activity requiring expulsion. Decatur Middle School, Warren Central High School, and Stony Brook Middle School were among the first participants.
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IBA: The 6th Annual Lawyer-Legislator Luncheon

February 13, 2013
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Blomquist: The Hon. Robyn Moberly, Indiana's First Female Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge

February 13, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
I am an unapologetic believer in, and admirer of, women lawyers.
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IBA Frontlines -2/13/13

February 13, 2013
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IBA: Still Time to Register for the IndyBar Attorney Apprentice Program

February 13, 2013
From IndyBar
Looking to build your skills in a new area of law or gain valuable experience that will advance both your career and employment opportunities? The IndyBar’s Attorney Apprentice Program is the perfect opportunity to gain real-world skills through hands-on practice while making meaningful connections with local colleagues.
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IBA: Don't Miss Out on Free CLE Fridays at the IndyBar

February 13, 2013
From IndyBar
It pays to associate...get six hours of Free CLE each year with the IndyBar!
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IBA: Interrogatories

January 30, 2013
From IndyBar
Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar
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Blomquist: The IndyBar's Attorney Apprentice Program

January 30, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
You have no doubt heard or read about it before—times are a changing and there is a lot of dialogue out there right now about the face of legal education in America, the uncertain economics of the practice of law, and how one affects the other.
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IBA Frontlines 1/30/13

January 30, 2013
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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IBA: Volunteer to Take a Family Law or Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Case

January 30, 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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IBA: Marion Superior Court Announces Court Assignments

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
New court assignments approved by the Marion Superior Court Executive Committee in Nov. 2012 became effective as of Jan. 1, 2013.
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IndyBar Unveils Attorney Apprentice Program

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
A common concern is routinely heard in the bar, from recently graduated law students and seasoned practitioners alike: “They don’t teach you how to actually be a lawyer in law school.
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Blomquist: One Column Down, One Amazing Year to Go

January 16, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Indeed, this is my first column as President of the Indianapolis Bar Association–the first of many I am told–and short of some bad state fair karaoke a few years back, this is the most intimidated I’ve been in a long while, though not by my position as steward of this exceptional organization but by assuming you want to hear my musings along the way.
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IBA Frontlines 1/16/13

January 16, 2013
Read news from around the IndyBar.
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IBA: Indiana High School Mock Trial Judge Volunteers Needed

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indiana High School Mock Trial Regional competitions are in need of volunteer judges to preside over and score the mock trials presented by high school teams from all over Indiana in February.
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IBA: Where the Legal Jobs Are: Litigation to Offer Greatest Opportunities in 2013

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
Which specialty areas are predicted to yield the most prospects for legal job seekers in the year ahead? Almost one-quarter of lawyers recently interviewed by Robert Half Legal expect litigation will generate the greatest number of job opportunities in 2013.
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Save the Date for IndyBar

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
Member Gatherings!
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IBA: Interrogatories - Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
Hon. Elaine B. Brown Judge, Indiana Court of Appeals
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IBA: The Bar Leader Series Journey: Facing the Community's Challenges Head On

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
As members of the Indianapolis bar and aspiring leaders, it is incumbent upon our group, the Bar Leader Series Class X, to work to understand important challenges facing our community and to contribute to the public discourse.
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IBA: Lawyers Doing Good

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
Upon first learning that I am an attorney, a non-attorney friend said to me, “despite all of the stereotyped joke opportunities, lawyers do a lot of good in this world.” He is right.
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IBA: Pro Bono Standing Committee Expands Low Asset Will Program for 2013

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association offers a Low Asset Will Program, which is made possible through the generosity of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. The Low Asset Will Program is designed to help as many of these individuals as possible.
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IBA: New FCRA Background Check Requirements Effective Jan. 1, 2013

December 19, 2012
From IndyBar
Employers utilizing consumer reporting agencies for purposes of conducting employee background checks are required to comply with specific requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).
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IBA: It's Dues Renewal Time!

December 19, 2012
From IndyBar
Renew your membership in the only local organization singularly committed to the Indianapolis legal community and its practitioners.
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IBA Frontlines - 12/21/12

December 19, 2012
News from the IndyBar.
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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

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  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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