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IBA: Meaningful Pro Bono and Courtroom Experience Available through the Mediation Assistance Program

October 24, 2012
From IndyBar
More than 25 percent of the cases pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, have a least one pro se litigant. To address this community need, the Court launched the Mediation Assistance Program (MAP) in September 2009.
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IBA: Indiana's No-Smoking Law and Potential Penalties to Employers for Failure to Adhere

October 10, 2012
From IndyBar
If you recall, smoking is now prohibited in most Indiana workplaces (exceptions being places like riverboats, horse racing facilities and other gaming facilities, retail tobacco stores, and bars that do not employ individuals under the age of 18 or allow individuals under the age of 21, other than employees, to enter, among other things). The law requires employers to prohibit smoking in areas within eight feet of a public entrance to a “place of employment” or a “public place.”
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IBA: Go West, IndyBar! Go West! Quality CLE & Networking Await You

October 10, 2012
From IndyBar
It is with great pleasure that I will host this year’s IndyBar Destination CLE, taking place in Sedona, Arizona from November 15 to November 17. To entice your attendance, this year’s CLE will be held at the Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa, nestled into the red rock wall of Sedona’s Boynton Canyon.
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Chinn: Special Relationships

October 10, 2012
Scott Chinn
A special relationship exists between the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and the Indianapolis Bar Association. It is easy to think of the IBF as the “fund raising arm” of the IndyBar. And that isn’t wrong.
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IBA frontlines - 10/12/12

October 10, 2012
Read news briefs from around the IndyBar!
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IBA: Trimble to Lead Bar as President in 2015

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of John C. Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP as the 2015 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA: No Easier Way to Network

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
Think networking is difficult or intimidating? Wish you could easily meet and talk with leaders in the legal community? The IndyBar has a solution!
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Chinn: A New Section, If You Can Keep It

September 26, 2012
Scott Chinn
It falls upon me to make the happy announcement that the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association has approved the creation of a new section of the bar — the Indy Attorneys Network.
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IBA Frontlines - 9/28/12

September 26, 2012
News from around the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA: WLD Invites IndyBar Members to Explore Women's Legal History

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
Did you know that a number of Indiana women played important roles in the national fight for women’s suffrage?
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IBA: IndyBar Review Scholarship Deadline November 1

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
Students, check out the scholarships available from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Two scholarships for the Winter 2013 IndyBar Review session are up for grabs. The application deadline is November 1.
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IBA: Volunteer Judges Needed for Teen Court

September 26, 2012
From IndyBar
Reach for Youth is seeking local attorneys to serve as volunteer judges at Teen Court, a program designed to reduce recidivism for first-time juvenile offenders by giving them a second chance to repair the harm they’ve caused without experiencing formal court prosecution.
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IBA: Metz, Zweig IndyBar Professionalism Award Winners

September 12, 2012
From IndyBar
Chosen by the bar’s Professionalism Committee, the 2012 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award is the Hon. Anthony Metz III of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, while the 2012 Professionalism Award will be presented to Sally Zweig of Katz & Korin PC. Both recipients were roundly praised for their professionalism by the committee, which is chaired by David K. Herzog of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
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Around the IndyBar: Welcome Bar Leader Series Class X!

September 12, 2012
From IndyBar
Photos from the Bar Leader Series Class X kickoff.
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IndyBar Election Season Round-Up

September 12, 2012
News and commentary on the upcoming election are nearly impossible to escape at this point. Take a break from the non-stop back and forth political banter with several upcoming election-related non-partisan events and programs.
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Chinn: Checking Our Institutions

September 12, 2012
Scott Chinn
Every time I travel alone, say for an out-of-town deposition, I am conscious of those blocks of time in which you get to be alone in your thoughts. As much as the travel itself is rarely fun, I almost always find great value in those periods of “travel reflection,” especially when things prior to leaving home have been so busy.
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IBA Frontlines - 9/14/12

September 12, 2012
IL Staff
News from around the IndyBar!
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Marion County slating reform gets new push

August 29, 2012
Dave Stafford
The Indianapolis Bar Association takes aim at the Marion Superior judicial selection process.
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IBA: Escape to Sedona this November with the IndyBar

August 29, 2012
From IndyBar
Stargazing, sunsets over the Red Rocks and…CLE? This unlikely combination makes for a can’t miss trip to this year’s IndyBar Destination CLE, to be held at the Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona November 15 to November 17.
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Chinn: Back to School

August 29, 2012
Scott Chinn
At the law school level, I have already taken part in back-to-school activities. I met some 2L students at a reception at the Maurer School the other evening hosted by my law firm. And on behalf of the IndyBar, I spoke briefly to the incoming 1L class at the McKinney School at orientation weekend.
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IBA Frontlines - Aug. 31, 2012

August 29, 2012
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar hosting free electronics recycling drive

August 22, 2012
IL Staff
Have an old computer, cell phone, or other electronics lying around your house or office that you’d like to get rid of? This Friday, you can drop off those items at a free drive-thru e-cycling event sponsored by the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA: The IndyBar's Been Busy

August 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Read highlights from the 2012 Section, Division & Committee Mid-Year reports.
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Chinn: Diversity Efforts Can't End with Successful Job Fair

August 15, 2012
Scott Chinn
The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair won’t by itself create the kind of diverse and inclusive environment that so many of us want to see promoted in our legal community. But being part of it this year put me in mind of what we would lose without it.
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IBA: Defining Professionalism, or the 'Case of the Incredible Shrinking Crack'

August 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Professionalism is a very difficult word to define with any precision.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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