Indianapolis Bar Association

IBA: Recognition and IBF board photos

November 23, 2011
View photos of IBA and IBF honorees.
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Hebenstreit: Judicial Elections Just Around the Corner

November 23, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
IBA President Michael Hebenstreit recognizes that the elections are over and everyone wants to get back to normal life again … but the process is beginning again.
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IBA Frontlines

November 23, 2011
From IndyBar
News from IBA for Nov. 23 - Dec. 6, 2011.
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Bar Crawl - 11/9/11

November 9, 2011
IL Staff
The Marion County Bar Association is now on Facebook; IndyBar will honor award winners at its Nov. 29 luncheon.
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IBA: The 2011 IndyBar Litigation Section Judicial Reception

November 9, 2011
From IndyBar
Photos from this year's Litigation section judicial reception.
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IBA: Bar to recognize excellence

November 9, 2011
From IndyBar
Congratulate your colleagues for a job well done by joining us at the Association/Foundation Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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IBA: Juvenile Delinquency 101

November 9, 2011
From IndyBar
Juvenile delinquency cases are unique. Hopefully, I can highlight some areas of delinquency law to help familiarize you with the system.
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Hebenstreit: Too Many Clients?

November 9, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Do you have too many clients? If so, you can probably skip this article; but, if not please read on.
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IBA Frontlines

November 9, 2011
News from the IBA for Nov. 9-22, 2011.
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IBA: Nominations open for education, pro bono awards

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
Help the Indianapolis Bar recognize the many ways lawyers and legal professionals inspire us and help our community. Nominate your peers for IndyBar awards — to be presented at the Recognition Luncheon on November 29, 2011.
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IBA: Tax Liens Live After Debts, Clients Die

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the drunken butler, Stephano, quips, “He that dies pays all his debts.” Obviously, the Bard’s fool had no experience with tax liens, which may cause as many problems for clients during and after life as the underlying debt itself.
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IBA: Ask a Lawyer

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
Photos from the Ask a Lawyer event in October 2011.
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Hebenstreit: FLYING SOLO????!!!!!

October 26, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
In the current legal market, there are many lawyers, both new and more experienced, who find that they have to "go it on their own."
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IBA: Bankruptcy Court seeks Volunteer Attorneys for Pro Bono Assignments

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana has formed a Bankruptcy Pro Bono Panel of volunteer attorneys to represent indigent parties on a pro bono basis in adversary proceedings and contested matters.
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IBA: Solo and Small Firm Practitioners - This Program is for You

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
Through the upcoming Surviving and Thriving program on Thursday, November 10, solo and small firm practitioners—whether newly graduated, seasoned pros or those transitioning to the solo/small firm world—will be provided with the tools, information and connections to not only survive, but thrive in the practice of law.
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IBA Frontlines

October 26, 2011
From IndyBar
News and info from the IndyBar.
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COA chief judge receives Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

October 12, 2011
IL Staff
Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Margret Robb was given the 2011 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Oct. 5 by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Women and the Law Division at a recent symposium.
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Bar Crawl - 10/12/11

October 12, 2011
IL Staff
A roundup of what's happening at bar associations around the state.
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IBA: Social Media and Ethics

October 12, 2011
A Florida case should remind Indiana lawyers to be cognizant of the Rules of Professional Conduct when participating in any form of social media.
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IBA: IndyBar's First Women's Symposium Exceeds Goals

October 12, 2011
Area lawyers gathered to attend the Women, Law & Leadership Symposium, hosted by the IndyBar Women and Law Division (WLD) on October 5 and 6, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Indianapolis.
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Hebenstreit: With a Need so Great, What Will We Do?

October 12, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
We all know what pro bono legal service means and probably know or believe that it is a good idea. But have you ever thought about how it actually works?
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IBA: Support Judicial Candidates for 2012

October 12, 2011
From IndyBar
IndyBar’s Attorneys for an Independent Bench (“AIB”) political action committee is a great alternative to direct political contributions for those seeking to support judicial candidates in the 2012 elections for Marion Circuit and Superior Courts.
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IBA Frontlines

October 12, 2011
Read IBA Frontlines for Oct. 12-25, 2011.
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IBA: Evening Under The Stars

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation Evening Under the Stars dinner was held Sept. 9.
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IBA: The Corporate Veil Wears Thin with the IRS

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
The legal metaphor “corporate veil” is doubly a tantalizing legal term of art and an effective marketing tool to illustrate to potential clients the benefits of corporate formation.
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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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