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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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Around IndyBar

April 11, 2012
See photos from events happening around the IndyBar!
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IBA: Deadline Extended for Access Cards

April 11, 2012
From IndyBar
The Marion County Court Administrator’s Office has announced that the deadline for the mandatory renewal of attorney access cards to the City-County Building has been extended to April 13, 2012.
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Need a New Photo? Visit the IndyBar

April 11, 2012
In conjunction with the production of the IndyBar’s print Legal Directory, Bass Photo Company will be in the IndyBar Office to take professional headshots on several dates in April.
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Chinn: Why The Indiana Supreme Court Matters

April 11, 2012
Scott Chinn
The profession and the citizenry have been blessed with a great Supreme Court in Indiana over the past several decades. There are several reasons for that, and several reasons why it matters.
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IBA Frontlines

April 11, 2012
Read news from around the legal community from the IndyBar!
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Around IndyBar: Take a Law Student to Lunch 2012

March 28, 2012
From IndyBar
Photos from Take a Law Student to Lunch 2012.
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IBA: Make Time to Pause for Professionalism

March 28, 2012
From IndyBar
Civility and professionalism — and often the lack of it — have become increasingly discussed subjects in judicial opinions and between lawyers.
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IBA: Bench Bar Registration Scholarships Available

March 28, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference is heading back to French Lick this year from June 14-16, and thirty scholarships are available to make participating possible for any attorney wanting to attend.
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Chinn: (A Small) Part of the Solution

March 28, 2012
Scott Chinn
The American Bar Association’s theme for Law Day to be observed on May 1 is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom”.
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IBA Frontlines

March 28, 2012
News briefs from the IndyBar for March 30-April 12, 2012.
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IBA: Unanimity On Anonymity: COA Tests Anonymous Speech

March 14, 2012
From IndyBar
Media lawyers and litigators who frequently handle defamation cases have new guidance from the Indiana Court of Appeals on whether and when a litigant can compel a nonparty media organization or Internet website to disclose the source of allegedly defamatory statements posted anonymously online.
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IBA: Kilies and McGoff Law Students of the Year

March 14, 2012
From IndyBar
The annual Take a Law Student to Lunch event is a chance for the practicing bar to mix and mingle with some of the finest future lawyers in the land. To further highlight the high quality of future lawyers in our community the IndyBar’s Law Student Division will be honoring Janelle Kilies and Sean P. McGoff as Law Students of the Year.
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Chinn: Law and Politics

March 14, 2012
Scott Chinn
As it always is in the winter and early spring, the workings of the Indiana General Assembly is big news. So it has been this year.
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IBA Frontlines

March 14, 2012
Read news from around the IndyBar for March 16-29, 2012.
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Around IndyBar

March 14, 2012
Check out photos from IndyBar activities!
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IBA: Startup Launches as a Result of America Invents Act

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
For most patent attorneys, the American Invents Act has created an opportunity to engage clients on a variety of legal matters. For one Indianapolis-based entrepreneur, James Burnes of Project Brilliant, it sparked an opportunity to launch a new software venture.
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  1. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  2. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  3. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

  4. Have been seeing this wonderful physician for a few years and was one of his patients who told him about what we were being told at CVS. Multiple ones. This was a witch hunt and they shold be ashamed of how patients were treated. Most of all, CVS should be ashamed for what they put this physician through. So thankful he fought back. His office is no "pill mill'. He does drug testing multiple times a year and sees patients a minimum of four times a year.

  5. Brian W, I fear I have not been sufficiently entertaining to bring you back. Here is a real laugh track that just might do it. When one is grabbed by the scruff of his worldview and made to choose between his Confession and his profession ... it is a not a hard choice, given the Confession affects eternity. But then comes the hardship in this world. Imagine how often I hear taunts like yours ... "what, you could not even pass character and fitness after they let you sit and pass their bar exam ... dude, there must really be something wrong with you!" Even one of the Bishop's foremost courtiers said that, when explaining why the RCC refused to stand with me. You want entertaining? How about watching your personal economy crash while you have a wife and five kids to clothe and feed. And you can't because you cannot work, because those demanding you cast off your Confession to be allowed into "their" profession have all the control. And you know that they are wrong, dead wrong, and that even the professional code itself allows your Faithful stand, to wit: "A lawyer may refuse to comply with an obligation imposed by law upon a good faith belief that no valid obligation exists. The provisions of Rule 1.2(d) concerning a good faith challenge to the validity, scope, meaning or application of the law apply to challenges of legal regulation of the practice of law." YET YOU ARE A NONPERSON before the BLE, and will not be heard on your rights or their duties to the law -- you are under tyranny, not law. And so they win in this world, you lose, and you lose even your belief in the rule of law, and demoralization joins poverty, and very troubling thoughts impeaching self worth rush in to fill the void where your career once lived. Thoughts you did not think possible. You find yourself a failure ... in your profession, in your support of your family, in the mirror. And there is little to keep hope alive, because tyranny rules so firmly and none, not the church, not the NGO's, none truly give a damn. Not even a new court, who pay such lip service to justice and ancient role models. You want entertainment? Well if you are on the side of the courtiers running the system that has crushed me, as I suspect you are, then Orwell must be a real riot: "There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." I never thought they would win, I always thought that at the end of the day the rule of law would prevail. Yes, the rule of man's law. Instead power prevailed, so many rules broken by the system to break me. It took years, but, finally, the end that Dr Bowman predicted is upon me, the end that she advised the BLE to take to break me. Ironically, that is the one thing in her far left of center report that the BLE (after stamping, in red ink, on Jan 22) is uninterested in, as that the BLE and ADA office that used the federal statute as a sword now refuses to even dialogue on her dire prediction as to my fate. "C'est la vie" Entertaining enough for you, status quo defender?

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