Bar Associations/Foundations

IBF announces pro bono award winners

September 15, 2010
IL Staff
Ralph Adams, the former staff attorney and director of Legal Services of Maumee Valley, will receive this year’s Randall T. Shepard Award for excellence in pro bono service. He, along with other recipients of pro bono awards, will be honored at the Shepard Award Dinner in October.
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Former ISBA president Rabb Emison dies

September 15, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Even after longtime attorney Ewing Rabb Emison Jr. had finished his service as a pivotal president of the Indiana State Bar Association more than two decades ago, his legacy has inspired generations of attorneys and will continue to do so in the future.
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Free CLE offered for TTALT volunteers

September 15, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
The Indiana State Bar Association will offer its ninth annual free CLE session to prepare for the Talk to a Lawyer Today program from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Barnes & Thornburg in downtown Indianapolis.
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DTCI: Amendment to the Child Wrongful Death Act

September 15, 2010
From DTCI
Andrew Palmison discusses the possible impact the amendment to the Child WDA will have on the defense of stillbirth claims.
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IBA: Nod to Professionalism

September 15, 2010
From IndyBar
Recognizing Jill Goldenberg.
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IBA: IndyBar to Honor Professionalism

September 15, 2010
From IndyBar
On Thursday, September 30 the Indianapolis Bar Association is elevating the discussion of professionalism within the practice of law by hosting Mentors Who Matter – a luncheon highlighting some outstanding professionals in our legal community.
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IBA: IndyBar Member Selected as New U.S. Magistrate Judge

September 15, 2010
From IndyBar
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana recently announced the selection of Mark J. Dinsmore as the new United States Magistrate Judge.
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Hickey: Those People

September 15, 2010
Christine Hickey
To say that we got where we are without the help of others would be a lie, no matter who you are.
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IBA: I Wouldn't Practice Law Without...

September 15, 2010
From IndyBar
When was the last time you thought about how you practice law?
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IBA Frontlines

September 15, 2010
From IndyBar
IBA Frontlines for Sept. 15-28, 2010.
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IBA: Evening Under the Stars

September 15, 2010
From IndyBar
IBF Dinner Auction photos.
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Indianapolis Bar Association forms PACRestricted Content

September 1, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The Indianapolis Bar Association may be the first statewide or nationally to create a plan aimed at combating judicial campaign-contribution concerns on the heels of a landmark court ruling last year.
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Lawyers tee off for annual event

September 1, 2010
IL Staff
The Hamilton County Bar Association hosted its annual Judges and Lawyers Golf Outing Aug. 25 at Fox Prairie Golf Course in Noblesville. Players of all skill levels participated in the 18-hole scramble-format tournament and enjoyed dinner, camaraderie, and prizes after golf.
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IBA: Court to Conduct Magistrate, Commissioner Evaluation

September 1, 2010
From IndyBar
The Marion Circuit and Superior Courts have announced they will be conducting a performance evaluation of all current Magistrates and Commissioners now serving those courts.
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IBA: Law Students Services Offered

September 1, 2010
From IndyBar
As another school year begins, the halls of IU Law School-Indianapolis are once again filled with anxious and overwhelmed first year students. Right away the IBA Student Division offers practical programming, networking, and fun events to help students acclimate to their new setting.
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Hickey: The Power of iNspiration

September 1, 2010
Christine Hickey
Sometimes, you get so busy that the weather out your window is as foreign as a fat-free Big Mac. Sometimes, you just need to stop and be inspired.
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IBA: Indiana Court Official to Lead National Court Organizations

September 1, 2010
From IndyBar
Lilia G. Judson, executive director of the Indiana Supreme Court Division of State Court Administration, has been elected vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
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IBA: Free CLE for Pro Bono Volunteers

September 1, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indybar’s Pro Bono Standing Committee is pleased to announce that the Julian Center, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic ad Heartland Pro Bono are teaming up to present three CLE’s this fall.
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IBA Frontlines

September 1, 2010
From IndyBar
Information for Sept. 1-14, 2010.
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Baker & Daniels hosts pro bono mediations

August 18, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
As a way to help judges and parties in paternity court in Marion County, an Indianapolis law firm recently offered conference rooms and support staff for a day of pro bono mediation in its offices, something firm members say they hope other law firms will consider if they have the available space.
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Legal community helps prosecutor

August 18, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Following a car accident in early June, a St. Joseph County deputy prosecutor’s life was dramatically changed.
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DTCI: Find your technological balance

August 18, 2010
Bryce Bennett
Bryce Bennett Jr. feels compelled to reminisce and record some of the law office history and evolution that he has witnessed during his career and to note the blinding speed with which technology has overtaken our professional lives.
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DTCI: Attention & Kudos

August 18, 2010
From DTCI
DTCI is seeking ideas and authors for articles for Volume 7, No. 2 of the Indiana Civil Litigation Review.
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Why join DTCI

August 18, 2010
From DTCI
Call the DTCI offices and let the DTCI help you become a more effective defense attorney!
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IBA: Criminal Jury Questionnaire Under Review

August 18, 2010
From IndyBar
Those practicing in the Marion County Criminal Courts have long sought revision to the jury questionnaire to improve the effectiveness of juror selection and to improve the efficiency of the process. A movement is now underway to undertake those needed revisions.
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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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