Bar Associations/Foundations

ISBA welcomes 25 lawyers to leadership program

January 20, 2012
IL Staff
Twenty-five attorneys make up the 2012 inaugural class of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy.
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IBA: Magnus-Stinson to be Honored with Buchanan Award

January 18, 2012
From IndyBar
A blue ribbon selection committee acting on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation has announced the selection of The Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana as a recipient of the IndyBar’s prestigious Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence.
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IBA: Judicial Candidate Survey Ends January 18

January 18, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (“JEPAC”) survey of 2012 candidates for the Marion Superior Court will close at 11:59 p.m. on January 18.
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IBA: Bill Watch 2012 Available Each Week

January 18, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar’s Legislative Committee has launched Bill Watch 2012. Throughout the legislative session, the IndyBar will distribute each week through its electronic newsletter an updated report of progress and recent actions taken in regard bills and resolutions deemed of possible interest to IndyBar members.
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IBA: Mark Calendars for Sedona, Arizona

January 18, 2012
The Indianapolis Bar Association is going on the road with CLE to stunning Sedona, Ariz., November 15-17, 2012.
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IBA Frontlines

January 18, 2012
News from the IndyBar for Jan. 20-Feb. 2, 2012.
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Chinn: Opportunities To Serve In 2012

January 18, 2012
Scott Chinn
IBA President Scott Chinn writes his first column about how members can be involved in 2012.
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2012 IBA Installation Luncheon

January 18, 2012
View photos from the 2012 IBA Installation Luncheon at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis.
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State bar sponsors Talk to A Lawyer program on MLK day

January 16, 2012
IL Staff
The Indiana State Bar Association will sponsor “Talk to a Lawyer Today,” a pro bono program to provide legal assistance to underserved populations, throughout the state as a tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The program is an opportunity for attorneys statewide to offer free legal consultations to members of the general public who might not otherwise be able to afford the counsel of an attorney.
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Registration open for Allen County Bench/Bar Conference

January 16, 2012
IL Staff
The Allen County Bar Association will host its Bench/Bar Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne.
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DTCI: Meet your 2012 Board of Directors

January 4, 2012
From DTCI
Read about the 2012 Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana board of directors.
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IBA: Attorneys Beware - Conflicts of Interest and Attempts to Make a Buck

January 4, 2012
From IndyBar
Attorneys looking to profit from their experiences at trial take note: the principles behind the so-called “Son of Sam” laws, which prohibit criminal defendants from profiting from the publicity of their crimes, may apply to you too, at least during the pendency of a criminal case.
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IBA: When Kids Become Adults

January 4, 2012
From IndyBar
Charging juveniles as adults is a topic that has garnered media attention lately with a rash of gun-related deaths among teens. It’s also an area where we need to balance sympathy for the victims and for the minor offenders.
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Hebenstreit: Thanks

January 4, 2012
Michael Hebenstreit
Three hundred sixty five days sounds like a long time, but 2011 has flown by very quickly. This is my last column in Indiana Lawyer.
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IBA Frontlines -1/6/12

January 4, 2012
Read news briefs from the IndyBar.
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Young lawyers 'giving back'

January 4, 2012
The Indiana State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section sponsored families this past Christmas.
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Funding less for legal aid offices

December 21, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The groups will tap reserves in 2012 as their budgets decrease.
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The state bar honors an environmental leader

December 21, 2011
IL Staff
The ISBA's environmental section recently honored Sen. Beverly Gard, R-Greenfield, for her work on environmental issues.
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IBA: No Better Time to Remember our Soldiers

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
This year, why not take just a few minutes and a few dollars, and really do something special: remember a deployed American soldier.
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Hebenstreit: FIGHT ON!

December 21, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Less than 24 hours ago, I knew exactly what my topic for this column was going to be.
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IBA: One Last Gift to Make Before the Holidays End

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
Pro bono for families and children, leadership training for young lawyers, and legal education are all community services enriched by the charitable dollars gifted to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IBA: Volunteer for the IndyBar Hospice Program

December 21, 2011
Looking for a meaningful opportunity for pro bono service? Attorney volunteers are needed for the IndyBar Hospice Program.
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IBA: Courts Announce Renewal of Attorney Access Cards

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
The Marion County Court Administrator’s Office has announced the renewal schedule for attorney access cards to the City-County Building.
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IndyBar 2011 Holiday Party

December 21, 2011
View photos from the 2011 holiday party.
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IBA: Bar Announces Plans for Judicial Evaluation

December 21, 2011
From IndyBar
The Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (“JEPAC”) of the Indianapolis Bar Association will begin conducting its evaluation of 2012 candidates for Marion Superior Court at midnight Monday, January 9.
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  1. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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