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Immunity laws flourishing in Indiana

June 17, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
ITLA task force examines number of protections in the Indiana Code.
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IndyBar: Are You The Next Nissa Ricafort?

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
In January, 2017, Nissa Ricafort will become the president of the Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar). One reason this is significant is because Ricafort will be the first IndyBar President who is also a graduate of the Bar Leader Series.
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Trimble: Do You Have a Brand?

June 17, 2015
John Trimble
Every professional meeting I attend these days seems to have a segment on the subject of “branding.” We are either being encouraged to develop a law firm brand or a personal brand, or both (At first I thought that a personal “brand” was just a euphemism for a tattoo, and the thought of a branding iron on my backside did not interest me.).
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IndyBar: Scholarships Top $200,000 Milestone

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
Twenty years ago, Rich Blaiklock received a scholarship from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, and the Lewis & Wagner LLP attorney remembers that it couldn’t have come at a better time.
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IndyBar: Incorrect Marion Superior Local Rule Published

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
The Marion Superior Court has announced that the local rule referenced in the 2015 Indiana Rules of Court Volume III- Local book published by Thomson Reuters does not contain the court’s current local rule regarding Writs of Attachment.
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IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Foundation to Award $35,000 Grant

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is now accepting applications through July 8, 2015, for its Impact Fund Grant of at least $35,000 to be awarded in early October 2015. Application instructions and additional information can be found at indybar.org/ibf.
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IndyBar: Arlene Morris Named IndyBar Paralegal of the Year

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2015. Morris will be recognized for this honor at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon, to be held Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Conrad Hotel.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, an honor named for the first woman who gained admittance to the Indiana Bar.
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IndyBar: Unlock Discounts with your IndyBar Membership

June 17, 2015
From IndyBar
From solo practitioners to large firms, the pressure to cut costs in the legal profession is greater than ever. For IndyBar members, there’s an easy way to save money on everything from folders to flights from companies like Staples, Verizon and Expedia, simply through IndyBar membership.
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ABA denies provisional approval to Indiana Tech Law School

June 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Bar Association has denied provisional accreditation to Indiana Tech Law School.
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Retired ILS leader gets national honor

June 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Norman Metzger, retired executive director of Indiana Legal Services, is receiving national recognition for his work and dedication to providing legal assistance for the poor. 
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Indiana Tech Law School meets with ABA

June 8, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Officials from Indiana Tech Law School met with representatives from the American Bar Association June 5 to discuss the Fort Wayne school’s accreditation.
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Legislature continues support of We the People program

June 3, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana's We the People program, a civics education curriculum that teaches elementary, middle and high school students about U.S. history and government, has received another round of funding from the Statehouse.
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Abeska: St. Joseph County Bar Foundation is hitting its stride

June 3, 2015
The St. Joseph County Bar Foundation's philanthropic efforts are made possible by support from attorneys and law firms, though fundraising remains a challenge for the board.
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DTCI: The limits of what’s reasonable

June 3, 2015
From DTCI
This article will analyze the current state of Indiana law and some of the pitfalls that practitioners and employers face when trying to enforce restrictive covenants.
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DTCI: Joint young lawyers cocktail hour

June 3, 2015
From DTCI
On May 14, the young lawyers sections of Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the Marion County Bar Association and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association held a joint networking reception at The Social in Indianapolis.
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IndyBar: Bar Leader Series Class XII Demonstrates Leadership in Action

June 3, 2015
From IndyBar
Throughout the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series, the importance of motivating, inspiring and leading for the benefit of the profession and community is emphasized at every turn. Participants in Class XII of the series clearly took this to heart, sharing impactful, visionary community service projects at the Class XII Celebration, held May 19.
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IndyBar: See the Future at Bench Bar 2015

June 3, 2015
From IndyBar
If you go to the Bench Bar Conference, you will meet some of Indy’s finest legal professionals – it’s guaranteed. You’ll also get to learn from some of the most well-known and experienced practitioners in the field.
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IndyBar: You Can Make a Difference

June 3, 2015
Three hours out of 744. That’s all it takes to help a family in need—a few hours each month. The result? Happier, safer families leading to a happier, safer city.
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Trimble: Mentoring: Do You Have it in You?

June 3, 2015
John Trimble
I will never forget the first mentoring moment that I received from my legal mentor, Robert Wagner.
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IndyBar: The Country We Call Home – Protecting the Kids Who Do, Too

June 3, 2015
From IndyBar
Start off the CLE season strong by checking out Representing Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Proceedings on Thursday, June 11 from noon to 1 p.m.
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Proposed rule bans T-shirts, gum-chewing in courtrooms

June 2, 2015
 Associated Press
A new rule being considered by judges in a southwestern Indiana county would prohibit lawyers, litigants and spectators from wearing T-shirts or shorts or chewing gum in courtrooms.
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FBI special agent to speak at Indiana Bar Foundation’s Fellows Dinner

May 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The 2015 class of Fellows will be inducted during the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Fellows Dinner at 6 p.m. June 13 at the historic Allen County Courthouse.
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DTCI: Why I belong to the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

May 20, 2015
Kevin Tyra
By far, the organization that is the greatest value to me and my practice is the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. I’d like to share with you some of the reasons why.
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IndyBar: Total Overhaul to IndyBar Low Asset Will Program Proves Beneficial to Clients and Volunteers Alike

May 20, 2015
From IndyBar
After eight years of matching volunteer attorneys with qualifying applicants and recognizing a notable decline in the rate of conversion between application and completion of signed and witnessed documents, the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee changed the Low Asset Wills program format this year to create a two-day clinic, reaching individuals in their respective communities.
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  1. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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