Bar Associations/Foundations

In case of dishonest lawyers

November 24, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The nearly 50-year-old Indiana State Bar Association Clients’ Financial Assistance Fund has seen an unprecedented number of claims against a single attorney.
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DTCI: Medical Negligence vs. Premises Liability

November 24, 2010
From DTCI
When a patient is harmed during a medical procedure, a patient may elect to file a medical negligence claim against his physician and the health care facility in which the procedure occurred. However, when a patient is harmed during a hospitalization, should the claim still be pursued as one of medical negligence or is it more appropriately a premises liability claim?
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IBA: Institute Offers Advocates an Invaluable Resource

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section recently created the Indiana Appellate Institute, a resource available to lawyers throughout the state who have oral arguments scheduled before the Indiana Supreme Court or Court of Appeals.
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IBA: Tips From the Bench

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
Each time you step into a courtroom, you have a goal to achieve.
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IBA: Bar Leadership for 2011 in Place

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
With nearly 40 groups within the Indianapolis Bar to provide service and support, it takes great leadership to accomplish the lofty goals set for each.
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IBA: Pro Bono Award Recipients – 2010

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
This year's Pro Bono Award winners.
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Hickey: Be Thankful - Check

November 24, 2010
Christine Hickey
I am a firm believer that checklists improve efficiency and increase accuracy.
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IBA: IndyBar Job Bank is Ready to Serve You

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
Are you looking to a job? Are you looking to hire qualified legal professionals? The newly re-designed indybar.org website is a great way to make a connection.
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IBA Frontlines

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
IBA Frontlines for Nov. 24-Dec. 7, 2010.
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Knox County Bar memorializes lawyer

November 24, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
The Knox County Bar Association adopted a resolution to memorialize former Indiana State Bar Association president E. Rabb Emison in mid-November.
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Tippecanoe president supports local events

November 10, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
The president of the Tippecanoe County Bar Association, Randall L. Vonderheide encouraged members of that organization to attend Indiana District 4 Pro Bono Corporation’s annual meeting Oct. 27 at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Lafayette and a Nov. 4 lecture about Helen Jackson Gougar, a female lawyer from Lafayette who was the third woman to argue before the Indiana Supreme Court.
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DTCI: Indiana's New Pattern Jury Instructions in Products Liability Cases

November 10, 2010
From DTCI
There has been great debate in the Indiana legal community about the recent changes to Indiana’s Model Jury Instructions that were revised to be written in plain English.
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DTCI: Be a good lawyer, but also be a good mentor

November 10, 2010
From DTCI
Libby Valos Moss lists what she has learned over the years in striving to be a good mentor.
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IBA: Unique ideas at heart of IBA Awards

November 10, 2010
From IndyBar
Tireless effort, unique ideas, and a commitment to service are shared qualities within those selected to receive special honors at the Indianapolis Bar Association’s annual Recognition Luncheon.
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IBA: Finalists Announced for Indiana Tax Court Judge

November 10, 2010
From IndyBar
Three finalists for Indiana Tax Court Judge, including IndyBar member Martha Wentworth, were recently announced by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
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IBA: Robb to Lead Indiana Court of Appeals

November 10, 2010
From IndyBar
The Court of Appeals of Indiana has selected Indianapolis Bar Association member, The Hon. Margret G. Robb to succeed The Hon. John G. Baker as the next Chief Judge of the Court.
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IBA: Changes Announced Impacting Protective Order Registry

November 10, 2010
From IndyBar
Great things are happening in Indiana in the ongoing fight against Intimate Partner Violence.
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Hickey: It's No Joke.

November 10, 2010
Christine Hickey
There is no such thing as a good lawyer joke.
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IBA: IBF - Your Local Bar's Charitable Arm

November 10, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has a distinct history and mission, making positive impact in the Indianapolis community through the philanthropy of thousands of IBA members.
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IBA Frontlines

November 10, 2010
From IndyBar
Frontlines for Nov. 10-23, 2010.
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IBF receives $100k; shares 2011 budget

October 27, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Following the unexpected gift from the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum’s governing board of $100,000 to the Indiana Bar Foundation on Oct. 15, leadership for IBF said it is unlikely the foundation will give all of that money to the pro bono districts.
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New ISBA president to focus on outreach, continue diversity efforts

October 27, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
New president Jeffry Lind plans to continue to work with all members of the state’s largest legal organization, with a focus on county and specialty bars around the state.
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Indiana State Bar Association celebrates diversity

October 27, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Hundreds of attorneys and judges converged on Indianapolis recently, attending the annual meeting of the Indiana State Bar Association, where the delegates dodged any new business.
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DTCI: Take time to smell flowers along the way

October 27, 2010
Jeffrey Crabill
When the name Rabb Emison comes to my mind, I immediately think of the word “great.”
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ISBA seeks mentors

October 27, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
New program offers 6 CLE credits for yearlong commitment.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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