Bar Associations/Foundations

Attorney who played key role in funeral legislation dies

March 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indianapolis-area attorneys are mourning the loss of a colleague they say was instrumental in shaping Indiana laws dealing with funeral services.
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Bar association speaks out against bill banning prospective liability releases

March 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
One of the state’s largest bar associations is speaking out against a bill in the Indiana General Assembly that would prohibit attorneys’ ability to prospectively release themselves from malpractice liability.
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ABA report sees role for lawyers in repairing public trust

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A report from the American Bar Association is calling upon attorneys to help their communities repair the mistrust that divides law enforcement and residents of the communities they serve.
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IndyBar: Making the Difference: The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

March 8, 2017
From IndyBar
As a 2015 participant in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, I can speak to the success of this particular job fair’s ability to match students with their ideal firms.
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Around the IndyBar - 3/8/17

March 8, 2017
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Women & the Law Division kicked off the division’s 2017 mentoring program with a luncheon on February 28.
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IndyBar: TRAC Zooms Back to Indy: Registration Now Open!

March 8, 2017
From IndyBar
The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), an annual motorsports legal conference planned and presented by the Indianapolis Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law Section, returns to Indianapolis on April 18 and 19, 2017.
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IndyBar: Mark Your Calendar: Spring Mediation Day – May 12

March 8, 2017
From IndyBar
The IndyBar ADR Section Executive Committee is pleased to announce that we will host our Spring Mediation Day on May 12 at Faegre Baker Daniels (300 N. Meridian St., Suite 2700).
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IndyBar: Nissa's News 3/8/21

March 8, 2017
Nissa Ricafort
What you need to know about the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Entry-Level Law Firm Recruiting Activity Remains Brisk, but May Have Peaked for Now

March 8, 2017
From IndyBar
The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) released its annual Perspectives on 2016 Law Student Recruiting report, showing that entry-level law firm recruiting remained robust, although flat compared to last year.
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IndyBar: Applications Now Being Accepted: Serve on the Law Student Division Executive Committee

March 8, 2017
From IndyBar
The spring 2017 nomination period for the Indianapolis Bar Association’s 2018 Law Student Division Executive Committee has begun.
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DTCI: The business end of Trial Rule 12(B)(6)

March 8, 2017
A dispositive motion is either a beacon of legal efficiency or a disfavored procedural shortcut that prematurely ends a perfectly good claim, depending on a party’s status as movant or nonmovant.
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Task force recommends changes to Indiana Bar Exam and grading system

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
After more than a year of study, a task force convened by the bar associations in Indianapolis has concluded part of the Indiana Bar Exam tests on “fake laws” and the revised grading system may be forcing the Board of Law Examiners to fail more students.
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IndyBar: Indiana Bar Examination Assessment Task Force Releases Report

February 22, 2017
From IndyBar
The Indiana Bar Examination Assessment Task Force has completed its 18-month study and issued its 82-page report.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

February 22, 2017
See photos from the IndyBar Lawyer-Legislator Luncheon, held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
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The IndyBar and Marion County Bar Association Celebrate Black History Month

February 22, 2017
From IndyBar
During Black History Month and every month, the IndyBar proudly joins the Marion County Bar Association in celebrating our diverse judiciary serving in and around Marion County.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 2/22/17

February 22, 2017
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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ISBA begins search for next executive director

February 10, 2017
IL Staff
Leaders of the Indiana State Bar Association are beginning the process of finding a new executive director.
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IndyBar Releases Statement Following Justice Center Site Selection

February 8, 2017
From IndyBar
On Tuesday, January 31, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the site selection for the city’s new justice center complex. The IndyBar, through its Justice Center Task Force, released the following statement.
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Asian attorneys less represented in Indianapolis than nationwide

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
In the post-recession economy, Asians were the only minority group to experience constant growth in partner and associate positions at large law firms each year, while black and Hispanic attorneys followed a roller coaster-like cycle of growth and decline. However, the situation is less promising for Asian attorneys in Indianapolis.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

February 8, 2017
From IndyBar
IndyBar Bar Leader Series alumni and current series participants teamed up on Tuesday, January 17, for a service event at Gleaners Food Bank.
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Ricafort: Crafting a Plan for the Future

February 8, 2017
Nissa Ricafort
The Indianapolis Bar Association has long supported merit selection for our local judges and we have thoroughly weighed the concern that a merit-selection system would minimize or eliminate diversity in the judicial branch.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 2/8/17

February 8, 2017
From IndyBar
News from around the bar!
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DTCI: Thanks and Welcome

February 8, 2017
From DTCI
DTCI members have now received the current issue of the Indiana Civil Litigation Review. Thanks are due the entire board of editors.
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DTCI: Medical malpractice and summary judgment

February 8, 2017
From DTCI
Are recent appellate court decisions raising the evidentiary threshold for health care defendants?
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ABA bar exam standard fails

February 7, 2017
IL Staff
The American Bar Association House of Delegates rejected a proposal to link law school accreditation to higher bar passage rates.
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  3. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  4. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

  5. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

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