Bar Associations/Foundations

ISBA seeks malpractice time-limit legislation

December 3, 2014
A proposal adopted by the Indiana State Bar Association's House of Delegates in October has yet to be formalized, but it recommends legislation that would limit malpractice liability for attorneys to two years after discovery of an error or not more than three years after the conclusion of representation.
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Thomas Hays will lead DTCI as it embarks on new long-range plan

December 3, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
For nearly 37 years, Hays, a partner at Lewis Wagner LLP, has continued to enter courtrooms, building a solid reputation as a personal injury defense attorney. Now Hays is preparing to take on a new challenge. He is the incoming president of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana and will take office in January just as the organization is beginning to implement a new long-range plan.
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2014 DTCI Amicus Report

December 3, 2014
From DTCI
In 2014, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana’s Amicus Committee participated in a number of interesting appeals, several of which have not yet been decided. The cases DTCI became involved in this year addressed a variety of evidentiary and other issues that are of interest to the defense bar.
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IndyBar: The Evolution of Law: 50-Year Practitioners Look Back

December 3, 2014
From IndyBar
To get a better idea of what it means to spend 50 years devoted to the profession, some of these members shared an inside glimpse at some of their best memories in the field. Read on to see what has changed and which experiences have left a lasting impression.
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IndyBar: Save the Date for the 2015 Installation Luncheon

December 3, 2014
From IndyBar
The New Year is just weeks away…Make sure to mark your brand-new 2015 calendar now for the upcoming Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.
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Duncan: Thinking about Year-End Giving? Make a True Impact with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

December 3, 2014
From IndyBar
The final months of 2014 are now upon us and with the year-end quickly closing in, many of you are considering your giving options. I’ll happily take this opportunity to share my insight as to why you should put our Indianapolis Bar Foundation at the top of your list.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

December 3, 2014
From IndyBar
New admittees to the Indiana Bar gathered with seasoned pros to get the scoop on what it’s REALLY like to practice law in Indy at the IndyBar’s New Admittee Roundtable and Reception on Monday, November 17.
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IBA Frontlines - 12/3/14

December 3, 2014
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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Annual trivia contest benefits Evansville legal services

December 2, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Members of the Evansville bench and bar tested their knowledge of minutiae and raised money for legal services during the Evansville Bar Association’s annual Trivia Night.
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MCBA ‘saddened and disappointed’ by grand jury decision in Ferguson shooting

December 1, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Saying the justice system has failed the African-American community, the Marion County Bar Association has denounced the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury’s decision in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.
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Volunteers needed for civics contest and law student competitions

November 24, 2014
Volunteers are needed to help judge students learning about Democracy and studying to be future lawyers.
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DTCI: Is technology killing the work-life balance?

November 19, 2014
From DTCI
I will admit that when I first started practicing law, there were no BlackBerry phones, iPhones or tablets allowing one to access email at any time of the day, anywhere in the world. I also could not access the system in our office while at home or some other remote location. Now that all of these options are available to us, I can’t help but wonder is technology killing the ability to balance work with life?
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IndyBar: Role Models from the Bench and Bar

November 19, 2014
From IndyBar
John R. Maley writes about his role models in the legal profession.
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IndyBar: It’s Dues Renewal Time!

November 19, 2014
From IndyBar
Renew your membership in the only local organization singularly committed to the Indianapolis legal community and its practitioners. Bolstered by more than 5,000 members, the Indianapolis Bar Association and its leaders work tirelessly to provide resources, programming and initiatives to make your career more successful, more efficient, and more satisfying.
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IndyBar: Event Connects Pro Bono Providers and Social Service Agencies

November 19, 2014
From IndyBar
Among community-focused organizations in Indianapolis, the mission is often the same—assisting neighbors in need. But what happens when a question or situation arises that is outside of the scope or expertise of an agency or organization?
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Abrams: Leaders and Volunteers Recognized at Annual Luncheon

November 19, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
If you did not attend the IndyBar Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 13, you really missed out. We were able to recognize a select group of stellar performers to our profession and the IndyBar during the course of the year.
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ABA to prosecutors: Don’t give official letterhead to debt collection companies

November 12, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
The American Bar Association released a formal opinion Wednesday warning prosecutors that providing official letterhead to a debt collection company for its use may violate Rules of Professional Conduct.
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Evansville Bar Association honors veterans

November 11, 2014
IL Staff
The Evansville Bar Association is hosting its 4th annual Veterans Day Celebration Tuesday to honor the men and women of the bar association who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
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DTCI: Take time to invest in yourself

November 5, 2014
From DTCI
Where I work, it is the usual practice of the partnership to send attorneys with my level of experience (five to six years) to a seminar in order to prepare us for the eventual responsibility of trying a case on our own.
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DTCI: 15 years of court interpretation on presumption and products liability

November 5, 2014
From DTCI
In the 15 years since the presumption became a part of the IPLA, it has been invoked in a number of actions involving the design, manufacture, labeling and packaging of numerous products. This article explores Indiana court decisions that have transformed the breadth and impact of the presumption both in its application and the requirements necessary to overcome it.
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IndyBar Hosts Largest Pro Bono Event in its History

November 5, 2014
From IndyBar
The recent Ask a Lawyer event is the largest in the IndyBar's history.
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Abrams: Marion County Judicial Elections—Where Do We Go From Here?

November 5, 2014
Jeffrey Abrams
The IndyBar has looked at this issue for quite some time dating back to the early 1990s in an effort to establish a process where we could continue to have the same quality of judges currently on the bench while protecting the financial integrity of those attorneys who run for judge and creating an independent bench that can withstand scrutiny from the public.
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IndyBar: 2015 Pro Bono Clerkship in Consumer Law Available

November 5, 2014
From IndyBar
Heartland Pro Bono Council is currently seeking candidates for a 2015 Pro Bono Clerkship in Consumer Law.
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IndyBar: Upcoming Pro Bono Trainings

November 5, 2014
From IndyBar

Interested in getting involved in local pro bono programs? Upcoming trainings offered by both the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic combine training to prepare you to serve with low cost—or free—continuing legal education credits.

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IndyBar: Getting Along Is Not Wrong

November 5, 2014
From IndyBar
The latest installment from the IndyBar on professionalism.
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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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