Bar Associations/Foundations

Solo and Small Firm Conference puts focus on future of law

June 18, 2014
Dave Stafford
With a focus on “The Future of Law” and highlighted by a healthy dose of ethics and a look at coming changes and challenges, the Indiana State Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Conference at the French Lick Resort drew the second-largest crowd in the event’s history, organizers said.
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Muncie attorney is a 'Legendary Lawyer'

June 18, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Frank Gilkison Jr. built a distinguished reputation with superior legal skills and a quick smile.
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DTCI: Attorney-expert communications

June 18, 2014
From DTCI
When you assist and prepare an expert witness and ask him to formulate his opinion, you may wonder whether your oral and written communications with the expert will be discoverable. Being required to disclose such communications in discovery depends on whether your case is in federal or state court since the federal and Indiana rules currently differ as to what is protected.
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DTCI: Author! Author!

June 18, 2014
From DTCI
Volume XI of the DTCI Indiana Civil Litigation Review is now in the planning stages. The board of editors is seeking ideas and authors for articles for Volume XI, deadline September 2014.
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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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State bar solo and small conference examining future of law

June 6, 2014
IL Staff
The 2014 Indiana State Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference runs through Saturday and the theme of the 13th annual conference is “The Future of Law.”
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Longtime private practitioner Steve Langer leads ITLA

June 4, 2014
Dave Stafford
Valparaiso attorney Steven Langer brings to bear more than 30 years of experience as the new president of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. He answers a few questions from Indiana Lawyer about the organization, the practice of law, and his family. And he had a pet black bear in his youth.
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ITLA Institute hits a big milestone

June 4, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The 50th annual conference will give attorneys a chance to recharge, connect with others, and learn tips from a comedian.
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Ex-officer for MCBA may lose law license

June 4, 2014
Jennifer Nelson, Dave Stafford
Members and officers of the Marion County Bar Association say the organization has put behind it the theft and subsequent repayment of more than $10,000 by its former treasurer.
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DTCI: Young attorneys should rely on their own devices at work

June 4, 2014
Kevin Tyra

To the extent practicable, young attorneys should rely on their own devices to determine what needs to be done, and how to do it, rather than expect the more senior attorney to spell it out for them.

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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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Indianapolis Bar Foundation awards grant to Joseph Maley Foundation

May 28, 2014
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has awarded its $35,000 Impact Fund Grant to the Joseph Maley Foundation, the IBF announced Wednesday. The money will fund the Joseph Maley Foundation’s new parent education and pro bono legal assistance program for central Indiana students with individualized education plans.
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Lawyers question enforcement of advertising rules

May 21, 2014
Dave Stafford
One of Indiana’s most familiar legal names – a frequent flier on buses, billboards and TV commercials – says enforcement of disciplinary rules governing attorney advertising is a mess and needs an overhaul. The Indiana State Bar Association is considering preapproving ads.
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Establishing Miller Trusts

May 21, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorneys offer their pro bono services to help nursing home residents keep their Medicaid benefits.
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DTCI: Public works statute tested

May 21, 2014
From DTCI
Publicly funded construction projects in Indiana have long been governed by statutes that set forth the procedures by which certain public entities must select the contractors performing the work.
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DTCI Women in the Law launch and lunch

May 21, 2014
From DTCI
On April 17, 2014, more than 60 female defense attorneys attended the kick-off luncheon for DTCI’s newest committee: Women in the Law.
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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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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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