Indianapolis Bar Association

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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IBA: Second Annual Mediation Days a Success

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
While a struggling economy does not slow down the caseload at the Marion County Circuit Court Paternity Division, it does increase the need for pro bono services.
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IBA: Size DOES Matter

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
Who says size doesn’t matter? To the IndyBar, small firms matter a lot!
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Hebenstreit: Lawyers and the Election Process

September 28, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
In 2010, 61.2% of Hoosiers were registered to vote which placed us in 43rd place in the United States. We were even worse in voter turnout. Only 39.4% of Indiana residents actually voted in the 2010 elections which placed us in 48th position. The national average was 45.4%—a full six points higher than Indiana was able to muster.
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IBA Frontlines

September 28, 2011
Read the IBA Frontlines for Sept. 28, 2011.
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IBA: Pre-Mediation Communications

September 28, 2011
From IndyBar
When does confidentiality attach?
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IBA: Abrams announced as 2014 IndyBar President

September 14, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of Jeffrey Abrams of Benesch Friedlander Copland & Aronoff as the 2014 President of the Association. Currently serving as IndyBar’s Treasurer, Abrams will serve as the Association’s 1st Vice President on the 2012 Board of Directors.
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Hebenstreit: Collaborating to Provide Services for All

September 14, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Service has always been important, but in today’s frenetic world, receiving good and prompt service is critical.
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IBA highlights

September 14, 2011
Photos from Mentors Who Matter and of Nod to Professionalism Honorees.
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IBA Editorial: Court Funding in Critical Condition Nationwide

August 31, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
One of the corner stones of our American system of jurisprudence is free and open access to the trial courts and judicial system. The ability of businesses to solve their disputes in an orderly fashion and the predictability of outcomes encourages business to be conducted in our country.
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IBA: Estate Planning 101 for Lawyers – Are You Prepared?

August 31, 2011
From IndyBar
As an estate planning attorney, I regularly counsel clients about disability and death planning. If truth be told, however, I’m not always good at following my own advice. Attorneys procrastinate as much as the clients we represent, too often getting caught up in our daily endeavors and failing to make sure our own affairs are in order. As fall approaches, I’m making time to review my estate planning, and I encourage you to do the same.
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IBA: 25th Anniversary of the Women and the Law Division: A Symposium on Women, Law & Leadership

August 31, 2011
From IndyBar
This year marks an exciting milestone for IndyBar’s Women and Law Division. Twenty-five years ago, a number of visionary lawyers in our community founded WLD to create opportunities for professional growth and personal connections among women lawyers. A quarter of a century later, WLD remains a strong presence in the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA: Diversity Job Fair

August 31, 2011
View photos from the 2011 IBA Diversity Job Fair.
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IBA: IndyBar Revitalizes School Education Advocacy Program

August 17, 2011
This fall, the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee will rejuvenate its School Education Advocacy Program through collaboration with FosterEd, a project of the National Center for Youth Law.
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IBA Frontlines - 8/17/11

August 17, 2011
Read Indianapolis Bar Association news for Aug. 17-30, 2011.
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Hebenstreit: Has the Time Come for Articling?

August 17, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Do you know what the term “articling” means? I did not until recently, but it is quite relevant to the discussions swirling around about the value and importance of a law school education.
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IBA: Trial Judges No Longer Required to Retire

August 3, 2011
From IndyBar
I had this dream for retirement when I got elected judge: I would work until I was 68, near when I would be forced to retire by mandatory retirement (assuming the voters thought I was still doing a good job through each of my re-elections), fade off the scene to my boat on Lake Cumberland, maybe work in the winter part time as an usher or scorekeeper for the Pacers or Colts, read U.S. history books, see a musical or play every once in awhile, and generally ignore any pleas for money from my then-adult kids.
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Michael J. Hebenstreit: Life Rushing By

August 3, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Life moments. Some may be an accomplishment (winning a big trial), a disappointment, a funeral or a seemingly insignificant event. We all have them—some good, some not so good, but they are those events that for some reason stick with us for a lifetime.
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IBA: Insurance Practices in Commercial Real Estate Loans

August 3, 2011
From IndyBar
Requesting appropriate insurance coverages and obtaining certificates of insurance verifying such coverages are in place may be one of the least understood, and thereby, among the most overlooked issues in commercial real estate loan transactions.
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IBA: Providing Benefits to Same-Gender Partners Can Be Taxing

August 3, 2011
From IndyBar
More than a dozen states and the District of Columbia now recognize same-sex relationships under various names, such as domestic partnerships, civil unions, or same-gender marriages.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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