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IBA: Altice, McMath Finalists for Court of Appeals

June 20, 2012
From IndyBar
Indianapolis Bar Association members the Hon. Robert R. Altice, Jr. of Marion Criminal Division 2 and attorney Patricia Caress McMath, were named by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission as finalists for the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Indiana.
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IBA: Lawyers Assistance Available

June 20, 2012
From IndyBar
Attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist during the Fall 2012 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 9.
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Chinn: Can of Worms Opened

June 20, 2012
Scott Chinn
This column is usually void of legal analysis. (Pause for various jokes told to yourself.) But in this edition, I want to highlight a recent legal opinion that bears upon an initiative of the IndyBar. I will raise more questions than I answer, and this likely won’t be the last time we will talk about the matter.
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IndyBar BenchBar Conference 2012

June 20, 2012
The 19th Annual Gathering of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bench and Bar was held June 14-16, 2012, at the French Lick Springs Resort and Casino in French Lick, Ind.
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IBA: Some Growth in Legal Hiring Anticipated Nationally

June 6, 2012
From IndyBar
A recent national survey indicated nearly nine in 10 (88 percent) executives anticipate no changes to the size of their teams in the next three months. Specifically in law, a net 30 percent of lawyers are planning to increase staff levels in the third quarter which actually represented the strongest growth among the professions surveyed.
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IBA: Gooden Joins City-County Council

June 6, 2012
From IndyBar
William W. Gooden, an attorney with Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn and a member of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Board of Directors, was sworn in as a City-County Council member last week after being selected by the Marion County Republican Caucus to represent District 3.
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IBA: Bar Leader Series Class IX

June 6, 2012
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series Class IX team presentations and graduation program was held Friday, May 18th, 2012.
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Chinn: Tell Us How We Are Doing

June 6, 2012
Scott Chinn
The leadership of the IndyBar is an active lot and my sense is that most members of leadership feel positive about the bar’s activity level and performance. And by any objective measure, the IndyBar’s event calendar is full and its service offerings are growing. Let me give you just five examples.
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IBA Frontlines -6/8/12

June 6, 2012
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IBA: A little professional humor

May 23, 2012
From IndyBar
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote professionalism, the Professionalism Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association has borrowed from the format of a popular comedian to portray everyday scenarios that may illustrate situations in which lawyers may fall short of each of the committee’s five Standards of Professionalism.
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IBA: Series Graduates Ready to Lead

May 23, 2012
From IndyBar
There were no caps and gowns, but the 25 participants in Bar Leader Series IX class graduated May 18 full of encouragement to step into leadership roles within the legal community and outside of it.
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Chinn: On the Bus

May 23, 2012
Scott Chinn
I knew from the time I was 10 years old that I wanted to be a lawyer. I remember being on the school bus one day and a tumbler clicking in place in my head to that effect as I watched the soybean field roll by from the window.
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IBA: Pause for Professionalism

May 23, 2012
From IndyBar
As a part of its Pause for Professionalism video series, the Professionalism Committee has recently released a video of Hon. Tim A. Baker, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana in a video entitled “Civility in Discovery.”
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IBA Frontlines - 5/25/12

May 23, 2012
Read news from around the IndyBar, including Terrence Brookie's appointment to the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry.
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IBA: Law Firm Mergers Hold Steady Nationally at Pre-Recession Pace

May 9, 2012
From IndyBar
There were 14 law firm mergers and acquisitions announced in the United States in the first quarter of 2012, according to Altlman Weil. This continues the rebound of law firm combinations that began in the fall of 2010 and held through all of 2011.
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IndyBar Law Day 2012

May 9, 2012
From IndyBar
Photos from the career fair organized by the IndyBar for Law Day 2012.
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Chinn: A Civics Lesson for All of Us

May 9, 2012
Scott Chinn
Scott Chinn writes about the importance of civic education and the need to fund programs.
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IBA Frontlines - 5/11/12

May 9, 2012
Read news from the IndyBar.
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IBA: Opportunity to Help

May 9, 2012
From IndyBar
With generous support from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, the Health and Human Rights Clinic (“HHRC”) at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law invites local attorneys to team with clinical faculty in providing pro bono representation to low-income clients in the Indianapolis community.
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IBA: New U.S. Supreme Court Case May Change Procedures in Indiana Courts

April 25, 2012
From IndyBar
The recent United States Supreme Court case of Missouri v. Frye, 132 S. Ct. 1399, 2012 U.S. LEXIS 2321 (2012) may create advisements for defendants who wish to take cases to trial and may make courts an unwilling witness to plea negotiations.
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IBA: Opportunity to Support the Rule of Law

April 25, 2012
From IndyBar
One of the most important responsibilities legal professionals have is to use their specialized skills to aid the community through volunteer efforts.
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Chinn: Law Day 2012

April 25, 2012
Scott Chinn
Every year, we celebrate Law Day – the day first proclaimed in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower to be set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Following a Congressional resolution passed in 1961, May 1 has been officially designated to celebrate Law Day.
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IBA Frontlines 4/27/12

April 25, 2012
Read about what's going on with the IndyBar!
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IBA: Indianapolis Lawyers Release Results of Judicial Candidate Peer Evaluation

April 25, 2012
From IndyBar
In order to assist voters in electing qualified and effective judges in the November 8 election, the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee has released the results of its 2012 judicial candidate peer evaluation.
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IBA: Impact Fund Making Impact

April 11, 2012
From IndyBar
In 2011, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation awarded its first Impact Fund grant, in the amount of $35,000, to the Health and Human Rights Clinic (HHRC) at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
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  1. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  2. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  3. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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