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IBA Frontlines - 8/17/12

August 15, 2012
From IndyBar
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IBA: Board Approves Judicial Reform Resolutions

August 1, 2012
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors approved two resolutions related to the judicial system in Indiana at its July meeting on Friday, July 13.
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IBA: Last Call for Professionalism Nominations!

August 1, 2012
From IndyBar
Nominations are open for the 2012 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominate a deserving legal professional by emailing cchopp@indybar.org by 8 a.m. on Monday, August 6.
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Chinn: Why I Want to Be Like Judge Darden When I Grow Up (and You Should Too) or … Why Julie Armstrong Loves Carr Darden

August 1, 2012
Scott Chinn
I was pleased to have been invited on July 25 to provide a few remarks on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association on the occasion of the retirement of Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Carr L. Darden at a ceremony held in the Indiana Supreme Court.
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IBA Frontlines - 8/3/12

August 1, 2012
News from around the IndyBar!
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IBA:Students benefit from Diversity Job Fair

August 1, 2012
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s annual Diversity Job Fair recently welcomed more than 60 students to the Circle City for the opportunity to interview for potential summer employment in 2013.
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IBA: It's Time to Go Green: Join the IndyBar Green Legal Initiative

July 18, 2012
From IndyBar
Legal businesses face unique challenges even if they are willing to embrace environmentally sound business practices.
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IBA: IndyBar Hosts Luncheon for 2011 Diversity Job Fair Alumni

July 18, 2012
From IndyBar
One key point of difference consistently emphasized by participants in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair — both employers and by students — is the personal attention and consideration provided both prior to and during the job fair.
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IBA: A 'Safe Ask' is Just a Phone Call Away

July 18, 2012
From IndyBar
At the recommendation of Judge Sarah Evans Barker, the Executive Committee of the Seniors Lawyers Division determined that the nomenclature, “Safe Ask,” would properly describe the program’s purpose and would encourage potential users to believe that they could be safe in asking questions that would aid them and their clients.
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IBA: New Law Changes Child Support Age: Are You Prepared?

July 18, 2012
From IndyBar
Effective July 1, 2012, the law regarding a parent’s duty to support a child changed dramatically. Absent certain circumstances, previously a parent was obligated to pay child support until a child was 21 years of age. However, pursuant to the amended versions of I.C. §31-14-11-18 and §31-16-6-6, child support now generally terminates as of a child’s 19th birthday.
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Chinn: One of the Best Ways to Celebrate America's Birthday

July 18, 2012
Scott Chinn
There’s a lot I enjoy about being involved in the IndyBar. I must confess, though, that about the best thing I have been able to do a several times over the past few years is represent the IndyBar at naturalization ceremonies conducted by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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IBA Frontlines - 7/20/12

July 18, 2012
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar for July 20, 2012.
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IBA: Simplify Your Practice with Forms and Resources

July 4, 2012
From IndyBar
The sharing of information and resources is one of the greatest benefits of an association. During the course of its more than 125 year history, the Indianapolis Bar Association has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk, or in hard copy.
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IBA: Online Protective Orders

July 4, 2012
From IndyBar
In the past, victims of domestic violence might find themselves standing in line at the clerk’s office waiting to file a petition, and in the midst of all the other public business happening there, would then have to explain intimate details about the situation to get the petition completed. This changed when Indiana launched its online system to petition for protection orders.
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IBA: Did You Know

July 4, 2012
From IndyBar
IndyBar participates in each Naturalization Ceremony held by the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis? Volunteer to represent the bar and your country by contacting Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.
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IBA: Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Nominations Sought

July 4, 2012
From IndyBar
The Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, is presented by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Women & the Law Division in honor of Antoinette Dakin Leach, one of the first women admitted to the Indiana Bar.
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IBA Frontlines

July 4, 2012
News from around the bar from July 6, 2012.
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IBA: Magnus-Stinson Named Chair of Nominating Committee

June 20, 2012
From IndyBar
The nomination period has begun for the 2013 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Honorable Jane Magnus-Stinson of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has been appointed to chair the effort.
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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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  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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