Bar Associations/Foundations

Bar crawl - 5/11/11

May 11, 2011
IL Staff
View the latest news from bar associations in Indiana.
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DTCI: Who needs government? Maybe we do!

May 11, 2011
Kevin Tyra
When I got out of bed this morning, a Tea Party activist on the morning news was decrying government intrusion into our lives and our freedom. He seemed to be saying that our lives would be so much better without government getting in our way and getting in the way of businesses trying to make our lives better through the free market system.
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IBA: Pro Bono Committee Seeks New Members

May 11, 2011
Andrew Campbell, Chair of IndyBar’s Pro Bono Standing Committee and an associate at Baker & Daniels, has announced that vacancies currently exist on the committee. Due to job transfers outside the city three vacancies have recently been created.
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IBA: 'Shut Up Already' and Four Other Top Tips for a Successful Family Law Mediation

May 11, 2011
Have you gone a little light on mediation preparation lately? It’s time to jump start your mediation mojo with some tips about how to get in, get settled and get out of the way.
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IBA: The Basics of Education Law for Lawyers

May 11, 2011
In an increasingly complex world full of legal intricacies and overlapping requirements, the sphere of Education Law has become a jungle filled with a multitude of federal and state laws, regulations, case law decisions, and executive orders. It is a practice area that requires a thorough knowledge of the law for both those representing schools and parents.
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IBA: IndyBar Member Wins Election to Challenge Mayor in November

May 11, 2011
Melina Kennedy won the Democratic primary race for Indianapolis Mayor last week.
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Hebenstreit: How Could You Not be Humbled

May 11, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
I don’t know about you, but when I was in law school, I read the appellate cases and was impressed with, and in awe of, the entire legal system. It was a system whose foundation rested soundly on the Constitution, but had immense flexibility in its application.
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IBA Frontlines - 5/11/11

May 11, 2011
Bingham McHale LLP was recently honored with the WFYI Community Involvement Award, which was presented to the firm at a recent volunteer appreciation luncheon hosted by WFYI.
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Munster students finish 10th in national We the People competition

May 3, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
A group of teens from Munster High School finished 10th from a field of 52 in the national finals of We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution.
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Pinched nerve causes chief justice to miss arguments, Evansville event

May 2, 2011
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard is dealing with a painful pinched nerve in his neck but is working on managing the pain and has not been hospitalized as a result of the condition, said Supreme Court Public Information Officer Kathryn Dolan.
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Effort seeks to revive citizens' civic interest

April 27, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The message from lawyers, lawmakers, and educators is clear: Civic education is suffering, and along with it, our country. But no one seems certain how to convince people to care about civics.
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Bar Crawl - 4/27/11

April 27, 2011
IL Staff
Lake County Bar hosts Law Day; Indy Bar annual appellate meeting; ISBA offers solo conference.
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IBA: Ask a Lawyer

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Ask a Lawyer program, held Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at libraries across Marion county, provided over 440 members of the public with free face-to-face legal advice from certified attorneys who generously volunteered their time.
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IBA: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Creates Impact Fund

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has reorganized its grant making activity with the intent to provide greater impact with its dollars.
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IBA: Judges to Co-Chair Diversity Initiative

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan were recently appointed to co-chair an Indianapolis Bar Association task force to address diversity within the Indianapolis legal community.
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IBA: Bar Leader Series - A 'Must Have'

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
In a time when so many are working to set themselves apart from the masses in the profession of law, the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series is a “must have.
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Hebenstreit: Bench Bar - Let's Get Acquainted

April 27, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Hopefully, you have seen the promotional material about the Bench Bar conference coming up June 16 to 18 in French Lick. What started about 20 years ago as a noble experiment has morphed into a first class educational event.
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IBA Frontlines

April 27, 2011
Frontlines for April 27, 2011.
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DTCI: New tool in defending defective products

April 27, 2011
From DTCI
The Indiana Supreme Court recently held that a plaintiff’s fault in initially causing an accident may be considered in a crashworthiness case against the car manufacturer.
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DTCI: Pennell receives ADTA President's Award

April 27, 2011
From DTCI
Stephen R. Pennell, former president of DTCI and partner in the Lafayette firm of Stuart & Branigin, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the ADTA at the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys’ annual meeting in Hawaii.
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Federal budget cuts lead to uncertainty for state's student civic programs

April 15, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
Chuck Dunlap, executive director of the Indiana Bar Foundation, says federal budget cuts mean the IBF’s Civic Education Program will have no federal funding as of September.
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Evansville Bar Association to celebrate 100th anniversary

April 13, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
The two-day celebration kicks off April 28 and will include a mock trial with area high school students.
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DTCI: Technology in the practice

April 13, 2011
From DTCI
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana's Dave DeMoss discusses the impact of technology and how it has created opportunities for attorneys.
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IBA: Take a Law Student to Lunch

April 13, 2011
From IndyBar
View photos from the "Take a Law Student to Lunch" event.
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IBA: Join the IndyBar at Komen Race for the Cure

April 13, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association has formed a team for the upcoming Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to be held on Saturday, April 16.
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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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