Bar Associations/Foundations

DTCI Kudos

October 12, 2011
Congratulations to DTCI member Susan E. Cline of Lewis Wagner in Indianapolis upon her being named the Indianapolis Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year.
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IBA: Social Media and Ethics

October 12, 2011
A Florida case should remind Indiana lawyers to be cognizant of the Rules of Professional Conduct when participating in any form of social media.
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IBA: IndyBar's First Women's Symposium Exceeds Goals

October 12, 2011
Area lawyers gathered to attend the Women, Law & Leadership Symposium, hosted by the IndyBar Women and Law Division (WLD) on October 5 and 6, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Indianapolis.
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Hebenstreit: With a Need so Great, What Will We Do?

October 12, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
We all know what pro bono legal service means and probably know or believe that it is a good idea. But have you ever thought about how it actually works?
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IBA: Support Judicial Candidates for 2012

October 12, 2011
From IndyBar
IndyBar’s Attorneys for an Independent Bench (“AIB”) political action committee is a great alternative to direct political contributions for those seeking to support judicial candidates in the 2012 elections for Marion Circuit and Superior Courts.
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IBA Frontlines

October 12, 2011
Read IBA Frontlines for Oct. 12-25, 2011.
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Legislative study committee to discuss UPL

October 10, 2011
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Probate Code Study Commission, which meets for the first time this year on Wednesday, will focus on three items at its meeting, including the unauthorized practice of law.
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SJCBA releases results of judicial survey

September 30, 2011
IL Staff
The St. Joseph County Bar Association has released the findings of its annual survey of Superior judges. The bar association conducts the survey each year even if no judges are up for retention, which is the case for 2011.
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Magic, music on the menu for ISBA annual meeting

September 28, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
Lawyers with a flair for entertainment will have the opportunity to shine this year at the Indiana State Bar Association’s annual meeting.
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Talk to a Lawyer training

September 28, 2011
IL Staff
On Oct. 10, Heartland Pro Bono Council will hold its annual Talk to a Lawyer Today training from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Barnes & Thornburg, 11 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis.
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IBA: Evening Under The Stars

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation Evening Under the Stars dinner was held Sept. 9.
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IBA: The Corporate Veil Wears Thin with the IRS

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
The legal metaphor “corporate veil” is doubly a tantalizing legal term of art and an effective marketing tool to illustrate to potential clients the benefits of corporate formation.
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IBA: Second Annual Mediation Days a Success

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
While a struggling economy does not slow down the caseload at the Marion County Circuit Court Paternity Division, it does increase the need for pro bono services.
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IBA: Size DOES Matter

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
Who says size doesn’t matter? To the IndyBar, small firms matter a lot!
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Hebenstreit: Lawyers and the Election Process

September 28, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
In 2010, 61.2% of Hoosiers were registered to vote which placed us in 43rd place in the United States. We were even worse in voter turnout. Only 39.4% of Indiana residents actually voted in the 2010 elections which placed us in 48th position. The national average was 45.4%—a full six points higher than Indiana was able to muster.
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IBA Frontlines

September 28, 2011
Read the IBA Frontlines for Sept. 28, 2011.
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IBA: Pre-Mediation Communications

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
When does confidentiality attach?
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IndyBar names new officers

September 28, 2011
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s nominating committee has announced the selection of Jeffrey Abrams of Benesch Friedlander Copland & Aronoff as the 2014 president of the association.
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Baeverstad: Does M.D. allow expert to rely on junk science?

September 28, 2011
A patient comes to the hospital and receives twice the amount of thrombolytics ordered by the cardiologist. The thrombolytics have a risk of causing hemorrhagic stroke. Two days later, the patient strokes and dies. The treating cardiologist is of the opinion that the stroke was caused by the excessive dose given to the patient. Does this seem like a “no brainer” on causation?
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Questioning judicial campaign contributions

September 14, 2011
Michael Hoskins
The American Bar Association urges states to adopt recusal rules because of judicial fundraising concerns.
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DTCI: Admissibility of subsequent product modifications

September 14, 2011
From DTCI
Andrew Palmison writes about Indiana's treatment in a strict liability action.
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Nov. 17-18 DTCI conference speakers

September 14, 2011
From DTCI
Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David is the featured speaker at the luncheon Nov. 18.
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Bar Crawl - 9/14/11

September 14, 2011
IL Staff
Evansville Bar Association is having a CLE about "A Life in the Law." The Indiana State Bar Association is accepting applications for its first Leadership Development Academy.
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IBA: Abrams announced as 2014 IndyBar President

September 14, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of Jeffrey Abrams of Benesch Friedlander Copland & Aronoff as the 2014 President of the Association. Currently serving as IndyBar’s Treasurer, Abrams will serve as the Association’s 1st Vice President on the 2012 Board of Directors.
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Hebenstreit: Collaborating to Provide Services for All

September 14, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Service has always been important, but in today’s frenetic world, receiving good and prompt service is critical.
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  1. 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)

  2. "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.

  3. 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.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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