Indianapolis Bar Association

IndyBar: Attorneys Needed for Naturalization Ceremonies

August 10, 2016
From IndyBar
Indianapolis Bar Association attorney members participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. Volunteers are currently being recruited to represent the IndyBar during these ceremonies.
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IndyBar: Professionalism – What Exactly Does it Mean?

July 27, 2016
From IndyBar
Professionalism—it can mean something different to everyone. Luckily, a recent IndyBar program—“Can’t We All Get Along?”—shed light on this topic and was the first IndyBar CLE program to be aired on Facebook Live.
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IndyBar: Meet Caren Chopp

July 27, 2016
From IndyBar
Are you wondering why you should donate to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation? Meet Caren Chopp, and you will understand the importance of the IBF and the funding that it provides.
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Moberly: Finding Comfort in History

July 27, 2016
Robyn Moberly
As we scratch our head over the behavior of those we see on the nightly news, we must do our part to maintain the integrity of the law, treat each other with respect and serve as a far more positive example to our colleagues, our clients and our community.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 7/27/16

July 27, 2016
From IndyBar
Read news from around the bar!
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IndyBar: Legal Community to ‘Stock the Schools’ for Teachers’ Treasures

July 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Cleaning out your closet never felt so good! Bring your lightly-used or no longer needed office supplies like folders, notepads, pens, art supplies and more to Monument Circle on July 20 and you’ll not only clear out your own clutter—you’ll help teachers working hard to educate our local schoolchildren.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Open for 2016 Professionalism Awards

July 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Professionalism—it’s a trait that sets apart one stellar attorney or judge from another. Now is your chance to honor this invaluable quality in your Indy colleagues.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 7/13/16

July 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar.
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Moberly: The Association’s Crystal Ball: Shaping Our Next Strategic Plan

July 13, 2016
Robyn Moberly
One of the many reasons the Indianapolis Bar Association has served the needs of attorneys very well for 138 years has been that its future is targeted and planned by a cross-section of our legal community.
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IndyBar: Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Nominations Due July 25

July 13, 2016
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.
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IndyBar: Welcome New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

June 29, 2016
From IndyBar
For attorneys, the courtroom is often rife with conflict and anxiety. But for some hopeful individuals, the courtroom is where their dreams of becoming United States citizens officially become reality.
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Moberly: Take Time to Make Memories

June 29, 2016
Robyn Moberly
Your law practice will not dissolve if you leave it for a week or two. I’m always happy to see that a lawyer needs a continuance to take a family vacation. You probably won’t have plenty of time and money for a vacation until you’re retired and your kids are too busy with their own lives. So don’t wait.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono in the Fast Lane!

June 29, 2016
From IndyBar
In the mood for meaningful pro bono service without the long-term commitment? Volunteer just a couple hours at Ask a Lawyer on Oct. 11 and you’ll provide guidance that can make a world of difference to our neighbors in need.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 6/29/16

June 29, 2016
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Intellectual Property Section Awards Patent Bar Scholarships

June 29, 2016
From IndyBar
Congratulations to Melissa Haulcomb, a second-year law student at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and to Derek Hamilton, a second-year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law! These IndyBar law student members are the recipients of the IndyBar Intellectual Property Section’s 2016 Patent Bar Scholarships.
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IndyBar: Meet Antoinette Dakin Leach

June 15, 2016
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.
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IndyBar: Stock the Schools and Help Local Kids

June 15, 2016
From IndyBar
Bring your lightly-used or no longer needed office supplies like folders, notepads, pens, art supplies and more to Monument Circle on July 20 and you’ll not only clear out your own clutter—you’ll help teachers working hard to educate our local schoolchildren.
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IndyBar: Get on Board! Nominations Open for 2017 Board of Directors

June 15, 2016
From IndyBar
The nominations for The IndyBar’s 2017 Board of Directors are now open, and it’s up to you to help determine the future of your local bar association! Several positions, noted below, will be available in 2017.
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Moberly: A Quarter-Century In, She’s A Legend for a Lifetime

June 15, 2016
Robyn Moberly
Well, I can tell you about one person who has worked at the same place for 25 years—our Executive Director, Julie Armstrong.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for 2017 IndyBar Board of Directors

June 1, 2016
From IndyBar
The nomination period has begun for the 2017 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and Jeff Abrams of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has been appointed to chair the effort.
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IndyBar: Congratulations, Bar Leader Graduates!

June 1, 2016
From IndyBar
Class XIII Series has officially completed their Bar Leader Series journey. Learn more about the graduates and their community service team projects.
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Moberly: It’s Time to get IndyBar-Involved!

June 1, 2016
Robyn Moberly
Like many members, I have always attended the association’s brown bag seminars and Bench Bar, but for years I didn’t do too much more with the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Applications Now Accepted for $35,000 Impact Fund Grant

June 1, 2016
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is now accepting applications through July 1 for the 2016 Impact Fund Grant.
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IndyBar: Why Attending Bench Bar is a Great Idea

May 18, 2016
From IndyBar
The Bench Bar Conference is where judges and lawyers learn the "inside baseball" of our profession. Here are reasons why you should take advantage of this great opportunity and consider attending this year's Bench Bar.
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IndyBar: Bench Bar A ‘Can’t Miss’ Event for 22 Years

May 18, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The idea for the IndyBar Bench Bar Conference came from similar events in the 1990s in St. Louis and Kansas City. Now, the local event is bigger than either of those and offers great opportunities for education, networking and fun.
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  1. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  2. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  3. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

  4. Have been seeing this wonderful physician for a few years and was one of his patients who told him about what we were being told at CVS. Multiple ones. This was a witch hunt and they shold be ashamed of how patients were treated. Most of all, CVS should be ashamed for what they put this physician through. So thankful he fought back. His office is no "pill mill'. He does drug testing multiple times a year and sees patients a minimum of four times a year.

  5. Brian W, I fear I have not been sufficiently entertaining to bring you back. Here is a real laugh track that just might do it. When one is grabbed by the scruff of his worldview and made to choose between his Confession and his profession ... it is a not a hard choice, given the Confession affects eternity. But then comes the hardship in this world. Imagine how often I hear taunts like yours ... "what, you could not even pass character and fitness after they let you sit and pass their bar exam ... dude, there must really be something wrong with you!" Even one of the Bishop's foremost courtiers said that, when explaining why the RCC refused to stand with me. You want entertaining? How about watching your personal economy crash while you have a wife and five kids to clothe and feed. And you can't because you cannot work, because those demanding you cast off your Confession to be allowed into "their" profession have all the control. And you know that they are wrong, dead wrong, and that even the professional code itself allows your Faithful stand, to wit: "A lawyer may refuse to comply with an obligation imposed by law upon a good faith belief that no valid obligation exists. The provisions of Rule 1.2(d) concerning a good faith challenge to the validity, scope, meaning or application of the law apply to challenges of legal regulation of the practice of law." YET YOU ARE A NONPERSON before the BLE, and will not be heard on your rights or their duties to the law -- you are under tyranny, not law. And so they win in this world, you lose, and you lose even your belief in the rule of law, and demoralization joins poverty, and very troubling thoughts impeaching self worth rush in to fill the void where your career once lived. Thoughts you did not think possible. You find yourself a failure ... in your profession, in your support of your family, in the mirror. And there is little to keep hope alive, because tyranny rules so firmly and none, not the church, not the NGO's, none truly give a damn. Not even a new court, who pay such lip service to justice and ancient role models. You want entertainment? Well if you are on the side of the courtiers running the system that has crushed me, as I suspect you are, then Orwell must be a real riot: "There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." I never thought they would win, I always thought that at the end of the day the rule of law would prevail. Yes, the rule of man's law. Instead power prevailed, so many rules broken by the system to break me. It took years, but, finally, the end that Dr Bowman predicted is upon me, the end that she advised the BLE to take to break me. Ironically, that is the one thing in her far left of center report that the BLE (after stamping, in red ink, on Jan 22) is uninterested in, as that the BLE and ADA office that used the federal statute as a sword now refuses to even dialogue on her dire prediction as to my fate. "C'est la vie" Entertaining enough for you, status quo defender?

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