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IndyBar: Help a Colleague—And Your Oral Argument—With IndyBar Programs and Services

January 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Each year, more than 800 IndyBar members work on behalf of the bar through sections, divisions, committees and task forces, producing an impressive array of events, programs and services for the benefit of the membership and the legal community at large.
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IndyBar: Avoid the Rush: Plan Ahead with CLE Series Offerings

January 13, 2016
From IndyBar
If you spent the final weeks of 2015 in a CLE cram session, take note: two IndyBar sections have lined up a full year of CLE programs for 2016.
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IndyBar: Giving Back Made Easy: Pro Bono for Any Schedule

January 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Pro bono service is a rewarding—and expected—component of the practice of law. With reporting requirements now in place, the need to find opportunities that fit varied schedules, practice areas and interests is greater than ever.
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Trimble: Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

January 13, 2016
John Trimble
Hello all, and Happy New Year! I am amazed to be writing my last President’s Column in my year as IndyBar president. Where has the year gone?
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IndyBar: Attorney Access Card Renewal Now Available Online

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association is pleased to join with the Marion Superior Court in announcing the renewal of the successful “Attorney Access Card” program!
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IndyBar: Practice Milestones: Congratulating 2015 IndyBar 50-and 25-Year Practitioners

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
For 80 IndyBar members, 2015 marked a significant milestone in their careers. According to IndyBar records, these members celebrated their 50th or 25th year in the practice of law this year.
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Trimble: Do You Have a Sense of Urgency?

December 30, 2015
John Trimble
This time of year, as one year ends and another begins, I always feel a little anxiety.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 12/30/15

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
Volunteers are needed for Ask a Lawyer.
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IndyBar: Attorney Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
Want to make an impact? The IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project is looking for attorney volunteers.
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IndyBar: Save the Date for the 2016 Installation Luncheon

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
Make sure to mark your brand-new 2016 calendar now for the upcoming Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Columbia Club.
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IndyBar: Save Time and Simplify Your Practice with IndyBar Resources and Member Benefits

December 30, 2015
From IndyBar
It’s resolution time. Whether you’ve resolved to become more efficient, to save money or to become more effective in your practice, the IndyBar has a member benefit or resource available to help you along the path to resolution success.
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IndyBar: Start the New Year with a Clean Closet — And Help Local Students ‘Suit Up’

December 16, 2015
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and Law Student Division are teaming up to form a program called “Suited Up.” The concept is simple: provide college-bound seniors, both men and women, from low-income households with dress clothes.
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Trimble: No Time Like Now to Commit to Your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions!

December 16, 2015
John Trimble
A couple of days ago, I was rummaging through some old papers when I found my 2008 New Year’s resolutions. As I read over them, I thought to myself, “Johnny boy, I think you need to dust these off and try again, but let’s have a little better effort this time!”
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IndyBar Frontlines - 12/16/15

December 16, 2015
From IndyBar
Read news from around the bar association.
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IndyBar: Getting along is not wrong - James A. Edgar

December 16, 2015
From IndyBar
Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior.
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IndyBar: Overview of the Major Changes to the Indiana Child Support Guidelines

December 2, 2015
From IndyBar
On Nov. 5, 2015, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an Order Amending the Indiana Child Support Guidelines (“Guidelines”).
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Trimble: Please ... Tell Me Why Not?

December 2, 2015
John Trimble
Within the past two weeks I have had the pleasure of being a part of the 2016 planning retreats for the sections, committees and board of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the board of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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IndyBar:Legal Help Brings Light to Life’s Darkest Moments

December 2, 2015
From IndyBar
When fear, worry and pain make life dark, you can be the light. Local hospice patients facing end-of-life legal matters get free assistance from the IndyBar Hospice Program–and we need you to help!
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IndyBar: Share Savings with Your Employees at No Cost to You

December 2, 2015
From IndyBar
Here’s a holiday gift for your whole firm: Indianapolis Bar Association members can now offer firm members and employees—both legal and non-legal—discounts through NPP.
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IndyBar: Get Tips, Year’s Worth of CLE Credit

November 18, 2015
From IndyBar
These are challenging times for lawyers and law firms, especially for solo and small firm practitioners. Whether you are newly graduated, considering transitioning to the solo/small firm world or a seasoned pro, the IndyBar’s Survive & Thrive 2015 program coming up on Wed., Dec. 9 will help you build and brush up on essential tools, information and connections to help move beyond surviving and into thriving in the practice of law.
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Trimble: ‘Believe What You Wish To Believe: The Decision Is Yours’

November 18, 2015
John Trimble
On Friday, Nov. 6th, I had the opportunity to represent the Indianapolis Bar Association at a very special naturalization ceremony that was conducted at the site of the 39th annual Indy International Festival. One hundred and ninety five individuals from 62 countries took the oath of citizenship that day and became newly-minted United States citizens.
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IndyBar: Around the Bar

November 18, 2015
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Frontlines - 11/18/15

November 18, 2015
From IndyBar
News from the IndyBar.
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Bar associations work hard to show young lawyers the benefits of membership

November 4, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Organizations are working hard to welcome, attract and retain the young professionals because this new group shows little inclination to joining. Bar associations, like associations in different industries, are seeing millennials shy away from being part of an organized group.
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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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  3. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  4. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

  5. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

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