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IndyBar: Annual Summer Associate Scavenger Hunt a Success

July 12, 2017
From IndyBar
On June 23, 2017, the IndyBar Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”) held its annual Summer Associate Scavenger Hunt which gives summer associates, law students, and interns the opportunity to know the city—and one another—with a little friendly competition.
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Nissa's News - 7/12/17

July 12, 2017
Nissa Ricafort
What you need to know about the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Open for 2017 Professionalism Awards

July 12, 2017
From IndyBar
Professionalism—it’s a trait that sets apart one stellar attorney or judge from another. Now is your chance to honor this invaluable quality in your Indy colleagues.
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IndyBar: IndyBar, ISBA and IPA Paralegals Host Annual Joint Meeting

July 12, 2017
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Paralegal Committee, the Indiana Paralegal Association (IPA) and the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Affiliate Committee came together on May 24, 2017 for their annual joint meeting.
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IndyBar: Appellate Practice Section Donates to Avondale-Meadows YMCA National Judicial Competition in Honor of Lt. Col. William and Barbara Randolph

July 12, 2017
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section has made a monetary contribution to support the Avondale-Meadows YMCA National Judicial Competition in memory of Bill and Barbara Randolph.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 7/12/17

July 12, 2017
News from around the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: ESI Bytes: The Custodian Interview: Humanizing the eDiscovery Process

June 28, 2017
From IndyBar
Because each case is different, companies cannot blast boilerplate requests to an IT department and expect to catch all the data needed to effectively ready themselves for litigation or investigation. Identifying the proper custodians and conducting thorough and focused live interviews are key to both compliance and cost management.
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IndyBar Frontlines -6/28/17

June 28, 2017
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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Nissa's News - 6/28/17

June 28, 2017
Nissa Ricafort
I went to Churchill Downs a couple weeks ago as part of the IndyBar Bench Bar Conference, and I bet on several horse races. But, despite my best efforts, I did not win any cash (this will not come as a shock to anyone who knows my betting skills).
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IndyBar: Building More Than Muscle: Mottos Applied To Practice

June 14, 2017
From IndyBar
As members of the Indiana Bar, we can all use the following fitness-related mottos to guide how we shape our practice, represent our clients, and tackle difficult situations on a daily basis.
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IndyBar: When Crowdfunding Works Best

June 14, 2017
From IndyBar
At the highest level, I want to suggest that investment crowdfunding today has its best chance for success in: (1) real estate placements, and (2) in second round deals that have been successful in attracting venture capital or angel investment already in moving their capital advancement forward.
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Nissa's News - 6/14/17

June 14, 2017
Nissa Ricafort
What you need to know about the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Meet Antoinette Dakin Leach

June 14, 2017
From IndyBar
To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.
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IndyBar: 2017 'Suited Up' a Resounding Success

June 14, 2017
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association, partnering with Starfish Initiative, hosted the second annual Suited Up “Senior Send-Off” event on Wednesday, May 10.
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IndyBar: Don’t Miss the Boat - Keep an Eye on These IndyBar Deadlines

May 31, 2017
From IndyBar
Along with summer come several opportunities with the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation. Check out details and mark these deadlines on your calendar today!
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IndyBar: Members Get Healthy, Earn CLE at Unique Education Event

May 31, 2017
From IndyBar
CLE and cycling, ethics and endorphins…whatever you call it, one thing was for sure—it was fun!
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IndyBar: Nissa's News 5/31/17

May 31, 2017
Nissa Ricafort
Please forgive me for taking the opportunity to get a little personal this week, but I felt compelled to share this message.
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IndyBar Introduces New Pro Bono Opportunity

May 31, 2017
From IndyBar
Sometimes, all it takes to change a life is a helping hand. Be that helping hand at a new IndyBar volunteer opportunity with Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana.
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IndyBar: New Volunteers Needed for Expansion of Homeless Shelter

May 30, 2017
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Homeless Shelter Project and its attorney volunteers have been serving the residents of five local homeless shelters over the past 26 years.
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IndyBar: Bar Leader Series Class XIV Demonstrates Leadership in Action

May 17, 2017
From IndyBar
Throughout the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series, the importance of motivating, inspiring and leading for the benefit of the profession and community is emphasized at every turn.
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IndyBar: Volunteers Deliver Free Wills, Peace of Mind at Pro Bono Clinic

May 17, 2017
From IndyBar
Low-income individuals are more likely to die younger and without wills or advance directives in place, but an Indianapolis Bar Association program on Wednesday, May 10 provided qualified community members with these vital documents for free in just one day.
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IndyBar: A Roadmap to Professionalism: Just Follow the Five C’s!

May 17, 2017
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism strives to improve public confidence and trust in lawyers. For 2017, the Professionalism Committee has adopted as its organizing principles the Five C’s.
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IndyBar Frontlines -5/17/17

May 17, 2017
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Awards Academic and Educational Scholarships

May 17, 2017
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation recently awarded three academic and three educational scholarships to deserving law students and recent graduates preparing to take the Indiana Bar Exam in an effort to fulfill its mission.
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IndyBar: Civility in the Reality TV Era

May 3, 2017
From IndyBar
Many of the people who appear in court are experiencing the legal system for the first time. Their only prior experience may be what they’ve seen on television. The problem is that they’re no longer watching the virtuous Perry Mason or my personal favorite, Ben Matlock.
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  1. He TIL team,please zap this comment too since it was merely marking a scammer and not reflecting on the story. Thanks, happy Monday, keep up the fine work.

  2. You just need my social security number sent to your Gmail account to process then loan, right? Beware scammers indeed.

  3. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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