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IndyBar: Recognition Awards Honor Indy’s Leading Legal Professionals

November 4, 2015
From IndyBar
Each year, the IndyBar takes time to honor and celebrate local leaders with innovative ideas through the Recognition Awards.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono: Do It And Do It Well

November 4, 2015
From IndyBar
Pro Bono Spotlight On: Michael A. Rogers, Quarles & Brady
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IndyBar: Committee Positions Available for 2016

November 4, 2015
From IndyBar
Would you like to network with your legal community and have fun through the practice of law? Volunteer to serve on an Indianapolis Bar Association committee. Appointments are now being made to the 2016 committees.
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Trimble: Have You Hired A Contract Lawyer Lately?

November 4, 2015
John Trimble
In a perfect world, my dream would be for every job seeker to land a full-time position. I would also hope that all of you could find the time to network and mentor our colleagues who cannot find work. In the meantime, I have one question for you: “Have you hired a contract lawyer lately?"
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IndyBar: Getting to Know Your Judicial Officers

November 4, 2015
From IndyBar
This is the sixth installment in the Solo/Small Firm Practice Section’s “Getting to Know Your Judicial Officers” series.
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IndyBar: IBF Fellows Give Back at Gleaners

November 4, 2015
From IndyBar
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana works to feed the hungry across the state, and on Oct. 21, Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellows pitched in to help them do just that during the Fellows service event.
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IndyBar: Shadley Honored with ADL Award

October 21, 2015
From IndyBar
Local trailblazer Sue Shadley, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, was honored as the 2015 recipient of the Women and the Law Division’s Antoinette Dakin Leach Award at a luncheon held in her honor on Monday, Oct. 12 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
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IndyBar: Nearly 600 Helped at Ask a Lawyer

October 21, 2015
From IndyBar
At Ask a Lawyer on Oct. 13, more than 100 IndyBar paralegal and attorney volunteers stepped out of their offices and into sites across Indy to provide meaningful advice and assistance to 596 Hoosiers.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

October 21, 2015
The IndyBar Family Law Section and Pro Bono Standing Committee hosted “Show Up to Sign Up,” a one-stop shop to connect attorneys and local organizations in search of volunteer help, on Wednesday, October 14.
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IndyBar: Pre-Suit Mediation: A Courtroom Detour

October 21, 2015
From IndyBar
Pre-suit mediation is a solution that many legal professionals overlook when it comes to their clients’ cases, which prompted the IndyBar ADR Section to host a CLE program on the topic on Oct. 28.
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Trimble: ‘A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart,’ Revisited

October 21, 2015
John Trimble
While Dr. King’s sermon was written and preached to Christians, his message applied equally to all enlightened human beings.
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Herceg: Millennials Unite: Join Up and #SHOWUP for Yourself and Your Community

October 7, 2015
The number of Millennials joining and participating in bar associations is declining. John Trimble, Terrance Tharpe and others have previously touted the benefits of joining and participating in bar associations, but this guest column (thanks to John for the invitation) is different. This column specifically goes out to my fellow Millennials.
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IndyBar: Pandemic Preparedness CLE Stays Ahead of Flu Season

October 7, 2015
From IndyBar
Last fall, the country dealt with the Ebola crisis, and flu season will be here before you know it. When IndyBar attorneys recognized the guidance organizations needed in order to deal with these outbreaks, they did something about it. Members of the Health Care & Life Sciences Section and the Labor & Employment Law Section planned an upcoming CLE addressing Pandemic Preparedness: Legal, Employment and Ethical Considerations on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
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Show Up and Sign Up - It’s Good for You!

September 23, 2015
Tiffany Vivo
The Family Law Section and the Pro Bono Standing Committee invite you to the inaugural Show Up to Sign Up, a social networking event to be held at the Indianapolis Bar Association Education Center on October 14 from 4 to 5 p.m.
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IndyBar: Final Appointments Made for 2016 Board of Directors

September 23, 2015
From IndyBar
The slate for the 2016 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors is now complete with the appointment of four Vice Presidents and the Counsel to the Board by President-Elect Judge Robyn Moberly of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Hopelessness in Indianapolis: Can We Do Anything About It?

September 23, 2015
John Trimble
Hopelessness in Indianapolis? Please, take a moment and consider the meaning of hopelessness. Can any of us even imagine what it would be like to be hopeless? Indeed, being hopeful is simply a standard state of mind for most of us.
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Indybar: Frontlines

September 23, 2015
From IndyBar
Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers!, Welcome New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies, Calling All IndyBar Paralegals!
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IndyBar: Statement Regarding 7th Circuit Judicial System Decision

September 23, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association (“IndyBar”) is reviewing the decision of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals holding the Marion County judicial selection system unconstitutional.
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IndyBar: Civility. Courtesy. Respect. Professionalism.

September 23, 2015
From IndyBar
We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
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IndyBar: Bar Leader Series Class Kicks Off at Ice Breaker, Retreat

September 23, 2015
From IndyBar
The class kicked off the 13th iteration of the series, which runs from September 2015 to May 2016, at a recent ice breaker reception with alumni on September 3 and a leadership and skills-developing retreat Sept. 10 and 11.
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IndyBar: Bell to Lead Indianapolis Bar Association in 2018

September 9, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association has announced the selection of James J. Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP as the 2018 president of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Bell will serve as the association’s first vice president on the 2016 board of directors and as president-elect in 2017.
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IndyBar: Ransberger and Johnson Recipients of 2015 Professionalism Awards

September 9, 2015
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee has named Magistrate Victoria Ransberger of Marion Superior Court the 2015 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, while Ruth Johnson of the Marion County Public Defender Agency has been awarded the bar’s Professionalism Award.
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Reasons to Consider Engaging a Forensic Accountant

September 9, 2015
Jordan Kraner
Forensic accountants utilize a variety of specialized skills, including auditing, accounting and investigative skills. A forensic accountant is different from a traditional accountant, such as a tax preparer or bookkeeper.
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Resistance is Futile, Join a Bar Association

September 9, 2015
Terrance Tharpe
If I as “Terrance Prime” had access to the lawyer sworn in twelve years ago, I would tell him—among many other things—to get and stay involved in bar and community activities.
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IndyBar: Shadley Named 2015 Antoinette Dakin Leach Recipient

September 9, 2015
From IndyBar
Each year, the IndyBar Women and the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award to recognize the accomplishments of a female attorney in central Indiana. This year’s recipient is Sue Shadley, of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun.
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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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