Bar Associations/Foundations

Moberly: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again (and Again, and Again…)

March 23, 2016
Robyn Moberly
It’s no secret that the IndyBar has supported merit selection for decades. It’s also no secret that view is not held by everyone. I sincerely respect our members who would prefer an open partisan election of our judges in Marion County. Mostly that view is held as a result of a reverence for voting rights, which I hope we all share.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 3/23/16

March 23, 2016
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Volunteer Opportunity: Help Out at Spring Mediation Day

March 23, 2016
From IndyBar
The IndyBar ADR Section Executive Committee is pleased to announce that we are hosting our second annual Spring Paternity Court Mediation Day.
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Evansville Bar Association honors firm, professionals at luncheon

March 18, 2016
IL Staff
The Evansville Bar Association and Volunteer Lawyer Program of SW Indiana recognized pro bono work, legal secretaries and paralegals during their annual joint awards luncheon Wednesday.
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Park Tudor scandal reignites debate about lawyers reporting child abuse

March 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
Charges that former Park Tudor basketball coach and teacher Kyle Cox attempted to coerce and entice a 15-year-old student into a sexual relationship — and an attorney’s alleged actions after learning of the accusations — have refocused attention on a 2015 advisory ethics opinion that largely exempts lawyers from a law that requires reporting suspected child abuse.
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IndyBar: Meet the IndyBar Board of Directors

March 9, 2016
From IndyBar
They’re more than just board members! The 33 members of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors represent a rainbow of practice areas and types, backgrounds, passions and much more. Take a minute to learn more about your IndyBar leaders in this regular feature to follow throughout 2016.
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IndyBar: Diversity Through Intention: Sign on as a Diversity Job Fair Interviewer or Sponsor Today

March 9, 2016
From IndyBar
Intentionality in seeking career opportunities helps propel progress. The legal profession is no exception.
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IndyBar: Build Your Bankruptcy Practice and Provide a Valuable Service at the Same Time!

March 9, 2016
From IndyBar
What if you could ease stress on the courts caused by pro se representation, build your practice and help a member of our community all at the same time? It’s possible through the newly formed Bankruptcy Modest Means Program!
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Moberly: Maintaining Control Amid Change

March 9, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The IndyBar has recognized that lawyers want to be in control of their memberships in ways they never could before.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 3/9/16

March 9, 2016
From IndyBar
Read the latest news from around the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: New Resource Available to Marion County Litigators

March 9, 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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DTCI: Bridging the generational gap

March 9, 2016
From DTCI
The issue of “dealing with millennials” isn’t just a hot topic; it is a real issue facing the legal industry that not only warrants our collective attention, regardless of our age group, but also deserves an honest conversation.
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DTCI: March Membership Madness

March 9, 2016
From DTCI
Sure it’s madness, but DTCI is pulling out the stops to encourage current members to sponsor other defense attorneys as NEW DTCI members.
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DTCI: Oral argument: your brief’s critical supplement

March 9, 2016
From DTCI
United States Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, considering the relationship between brief writing and oral argument, likened the former to a movie preview and the latter to the movie itself.
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Marion County Bar Association opposes judicial selection bill

March 8, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lawmakers are working to craft an 11th-hour agreement on how judges should be chosen in Marion County after they were unable to reach a compromise Monday. Meanwhile, Indianapolis’ historically black bar association called for direct election of judges instead of a proposed merit-selection system.
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Indiana High School Mock Trial finals this weekend

March 4, 2016
IL Staff
More than 185 high school students will get their chance to try a trial Saturday and Sunday in front of a panel of experienced judges.
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March Against Hunger competition kicks off

March 1, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana State Bar Association is hosting its eighth annual March Against Hunger food drive competition beginning Tuesday and lasting through March 31. The drive raises food and monetary donations for Indiana’s 11 regional food banks.
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DTCI: Rights of refusal and ‘cooling-off periods’

February 24, 2016
Jason Massaro
I find myself often representing companies that are subject to all sorts of tangential laws that they must know about and adhere to. Many times these laws require certain notice requirements to the clients with whom my clients do business.
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IndyBar: Bar Leader Series Teams Tackle Community Issues Through Service Projects

February 24, 2016
From IndyBar
Each year, the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series provides a group of the bar’s rising stars with the tools and experiences that will further their growth into future leaders of the association and the Indianapolis community.
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IndyBar: Hospice Program Provides Comfort for Terminally Ill Patients

February 24, 2016
From IndyBar
In hospice care, those around the patient often work to ensure the he or she is comfortable during the final days of life–providing palliative care, creating a soothing environment and gathering loved ones close.
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Moberly: Don’t be the Next Betamax: The Necessity of Evolution in the Legal Profession

February 24, 2016
Robyn Moberly
I’ve had the chance the last few years to think about Internet access to justice, new forms of competition from large global corporations, the possible obsolescence of state-regulated practice of law, commoditized legal services and many other seismic shifts in the legal profession. Lots of other professions have dealt with these changes. You don’t have to look far to see the dramatic change in how medical services are delivered today.
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IndyBar: Demand For Specialized Expertise Among Top Trends Influencing Hiring In Legal Field

February 24, 2016
From IndyBar
As law firms and companies expand legal teams to pursue new business opportunities, competition is intensifying for job seekers with in-demand skills and niche backgrounds.
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Indianapolis family law attorney Strain dies

February 19, 2016
IL Staff
An Indianapolis solo practitioner who was active leader in bar associations died Wednesday. Jana K. Strain was 51.
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IndyBar: Involving Your Expert in the Mediation Process: A Trap for the Unwary?

February 10, 2016
Cases can often involve technical issues. The author has heard of mediations where a party will bring an expert to the mediation to address and respond to the technical issues that are present in the case.
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Moberly: A New Day for Judicial Selection in Marion County

February 10, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The verdict will still be out on how we will select judges in Marion County when this article is printed, but for the first time in decades, we know we will have an entirely new system of selection before May 2017. Hopefully it will be in this legislative session but, if not, in the next.
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  1. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  2. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  3. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  4. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  5. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

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