Indianapolis Bar Association

IndyBar Unveils Attorney Apprentice Program

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
A common concern is routinely heard in the bar, from recently graduated law students and seasoned practitioners alike: “They don’t teach you how to actually be a lawyer in law school.
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Blomquist: One Column Down, One Amazing Year to Go

January 16, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
Indeed, this is my first column as President of the Indianapolis Bar Association–the first of many I am told–and short of some bad state fair karaoke a few years back, this is the most intimidated I’ve been in a long while, though not by my position as steward of this exceptional organization but by assuming you want to hear my musings along the way.
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IBA Frontlines 1/16/13

January 16, 2013
Read news from around the IndyBar.
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IBA: Indiana High School Mock Trial Judge Volunteers Needed

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indiana High School Mock Trial Regional competitions are in need of volunteer judges to preside over and score the mock trials presented by high school teams from all over Indiana in February.
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IBA: Where the Legal Jobs Are: Litigation to Offer Greatest Opportunities in 2013

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
Which specialty areas are predicted to yield the most prospects for legal job seekers in the year ahead? Almost one-quarter of lawyers recently interviewed by Robert Half Legal expect litigation will generate the greatest number of job opportunities in 2013.
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Save the Date for IndyBar

January 16, 2013
From IndyBar
Member Gatherings!
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2012 Year in Review

January 2, 2013
IL Staff
2012 was another busy year for the legal community. We welcomed new justices and a new chief justice, witnessed the beginnings of the state’s fifth law school, and saw local stories garner national and international attention. Here’s a look back at the top news stories from last year.
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IBA: Interrogatories - Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
Hon. Elaine B. Brown Judge, Indiana Court of Appeals
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IBA: The Bar Leader Series Journey: Facing the Community's Challenges Head On

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
As members of the Indianapolis bar and aspiring leaders, it is incumbent upon our group, the Bar Leader Series Class X, to work to understand important challenges facing our community and to contribute to the public discourse.
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IBA: Lawyers Doing Good

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
Upon first learning that I am an attorney, a non-attorney friend said to me, “despite all of the stereotyped joke opportunities, lawyers do a lot of good in this world.” He is right.
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IBA: Pro Bono Standing Committee Expands Low Asset Will Program for 2013

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association offers a Low Asset Will Program, which is made possible through the generosity of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. The Low Asset Will Program is designed to help as many of these individuals as possible.
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Paralegals give toys to ‘Bears on Patrol’ program

December 19, 2012
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Bar Association Paralegal Committee once again turned over thousands of teddy bears during its annual holiday luncheon.
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IBA: New FCRA Background Check Requirements Effective Jan. 1, 2013

December 19, 2012
From IndyBar
Employers utilizing consumer reporting agencies for purposes of conducting employee background checks are required to comply with specific requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).
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IBA: It's Dues Renewal Time!

December 19, 2012
From IndyBar
Renew your membership in the only local organization singularly committed to the Indianapolis legal community and its practitioners.
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IBA Frontlines - 12/21/12

December 19, 2012
News from the IndyBar.
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IBA: Giving Thanks: Pay it forward by offering your expertise

December 19, 2012
From IndyBar
Since 2007, attorney volunteers have assisted hundreds of individuals prepare for times when they can no longer speak for themselves through the Low Asset Wills program. For IndyBar volunteers it is easy: clients are pre-screened and template forms are provided.
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Paralegals collect thousands of teddy bears for program

December 6, 2012
IL Staff
The IndyBar Paralegal Committee Thursday delivered the thousands of teddy bears it has collected from various law firms to the “Bears on Patrol” program. The program is run by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and Wishard Health Services EMS.
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IBA: Interrogatories

December 5, 2012
From IndyBar
Candid Q&A with the bench and bar.
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IBA: Around the Bar

December 5, 2012
From IndyBar
The month of November has officially passed, but it wasn’t without an impressive array of social events, educational programming and special opportunities for both IndyBar members and the legal community.
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Chinn: What I'm Thankful For

December 5, 2012
Scott Chinn
With Thanksgiving meals, family gatherings and football games barely visible in the rear view mirror, I want to get my thoughts of holiday thankfulness in just under the wire. In full disclosure, I’m focused here on three things about which I am most thankful for the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA Frontlines

December 5, 2012
News from around the IndyBar for Dec. 7-20.
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IBA: Volunteer Needed to Coordinate IndyBar Hospice Program

December 5, 2012
From IndyBar
Want to provide legal help to dozens of terminally ill people in their last days without ever leaving your office? The IndyBar is searching for an attorney volunteer to coordinate its Hospice Program.
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IBA: Got a question? 'Safe Ask' has an answer

December 5, 2012
From IndyBar
Have you ever had a question that you couldn’t answer, and didn’t feel comfortable asking a colleague at your firm or even a close friend? Perhaps you’re in a solo practice and aren’t quite sure where to turn … or maybe you just need a second opinion on a course of action.
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IBA: In His Shoes: Beginning the Bar Leader Series Journey

November 21, 2012
From IndyBar
This September, 25 young lawyers from Indianapolis retreated to the Waycross Camp in Morgantown, Indiana, to kick off the 2012-2013 iteration of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series, known as Bar Leader Series X (“BLS X”).
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Chinn: Moral Imperative or Moral Dilemma?

November 21, 2012
Scott Chinn
There is an interwoven fabric of reasons why I love lawyers.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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.

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