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Ex-lawyer accused of bilking relatives pleads not guilty

September 10, 2015
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A former Madison attorney accused of bilking relatives out of nearly $2 million has pleaded not guilty to those charges.
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Indiana Supreme Court affirms Kentucky lawyer not a Hoosier

September 10, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A Kentucky attorney who never practiced north of the Ohio River got the Indiana Supreme Court to agree she was not a Hoosier.
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7th Circuit: Marion County judge elections unconstitutional

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
The way Marion County judges are elected is unconstitutional, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, throwing out a system that assured an even split of Democratic and Republican judges and facilitated a pay-to-play party slating system.
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Judge orders resentencing for Indiana teen in sex case

September 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge in Niles, Michigan, has ordered resentencing for a 19-year-old from Indiana who had to register as a sex offender in two states because he had consensual sex with a 14-year-old Michigan girl he met online who lied about her age.
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Child interviewer’s vouching testimony reverses molest convictions

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
A man convicted of three counts of Class A felony child molesting must be retried because the trial court erred by admitting testimony from a forensic interviewer who said there was no evidence the alleged victims had been coached.
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Tax Court affirms assessments in exclusive addition

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
Arguments that land assessments in one of Allen County’s most exclusive residential additions should have been about one-third of the final valuation failed to persuade the Indiana Tax Court.
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Supreme Court releases annual report

September 9, 2015
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has released its annual report covering the fiscal year July 1, 2014-July 1, 2015. The report may be viewed here.
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COA resurrects lawsuit against Ford Motor Co.

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Although an expert did run additional tests after the discovery deadline, the Indiana Court of Appeals found the wholesale exclusion of his testimony was too severe and is allowing a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. to continue.
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Defendant fails to convince 7th Circuit he did not know his returns were false

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Describing the tax returns as “patently false and utterly groundless,” the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals kicked aside a defendant’s argument that he believed the government owed him $900,000.
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3 things to know about the ethics of files

September 9, 2015
James Bell, Jessica Whelan
A formal opinion recently issued by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility sheds light on what materials belong to the client.
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Indy nonprofit, law firm help curb childhood diseases

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
Lauren Braun has been helping safeguard the health of children in impoverished countries for years. A small band she’s developed could bring those efforts full circle with a pro bono assist from a small band of Indianapolis lawyers.
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Patent hub playing matchmaker for inventors, pro bono attorneys

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Under a mandate from Congress to help independent inventors, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office started opening patent hubs around the country. The Center for Intellectual Property Research at Indiana University Maurer School of Law will be the hub serving Indiana.
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Mental health inquiries get fresh look from the ABA

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana State Board of Bar Examiners is again reviewing its mental health questions in light of new guidance from the American Bar Association, but at this point, the board has no plans to make changes to the inquiries.
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Senior partner performs at ballroom dance competitions

September 9, 2015
Teryn Armstrong
Peter Velde, a senior partner at Kightlinger & Gray LLP, enjoys the many benefits of ballroom dancing, and has participated in four dance competitions alongside his wife, Doreen.
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Indianapolis lawyer to advocate for attorneys as ISBA president

September 9, 2015
Teryn Armstrong
On Oct. 9, Carol Adinamis will become the third woman to serve as president of the Indiana State Bar Association in its 119-year history.
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ISBA sets schedule for annual meeting in October

September 9, 2015
IBJ Staff
Indiana attorneys are invited to the 119th Annual Meeting of the Indiana State Bar Association where they can learn and network with their colleagues from across the state. The event will be Oct. 7-9 at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana.
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Leadership Academy project focuses on health, wellness

September 9, 2015
Catherine Clements, Colin Connor, Traci Cosby
the Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Development Academy Class IV strives to promote and educate our colleagues on attorney wellness through a CLE, which will be presented during the ISBA annual meeting at the French Lick Resort Oct. 7-9.
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Advertising rule would put lawyers on notice of violations

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
The House of Delegates will consider three advertising rule changes next month, including a proposal that would give the Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission the option of sending a warning to an attorney whose ads may violate Rules of Professional Conduct.
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Unconscious bias impact focus of ISBA presentation

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Kimberly Papillon, a California attorney and expert in the area of implicit bias, will be presenting her program, The Neuroscience of Legal and Judicial Decision Making, at the ISBA annual meeting. It will explore the things that can unconsciously interfere with how an individual makes decisions.
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Open House: Move north proves positive for Schuckit & Associates

September 9, 2015
IL Staff
The new location contains a calmer, more relaxed and “dog-friendly” environment for lawyers and staff.
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DTCI: Candor toward tribunal trumps attorney-client privilege

September 9, 2015
Jamie Oss
The requirement for candor toward the tribunal is set forth in Indiana Rule of Professional Conduct 3.3, and it qualifies the attorney-client privilege.
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Students committed to Indiana Tech

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
As Indiana Tech Law School begins its third year, it is welcoming a very small class of first-year students and, anticipating its second attempt at gaining ABA approval will be successful, positioning its third-year students to take the state bar exam.
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Nothing is more important to democracy than civic literacy

September 9, 2015
Kelly Sharp
As we approach the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution this Sept. 17, we might consider where civic literacy is taking place.
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Jailed clerk who fought gay marriage is ordered released

September 8, 2015
 Associated Press
After five days behind bars, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was ordered released from jail Tuesday by the judge who locked her up for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in the Kentucky county.
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Justices take 2 sex offender registry appeals

September 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court took two appeals last week challenging the application of the state’s Sex Offender Registry Act. The cases are among five transfers granted for the week ending Sept. 4.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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