Nissa's News - 6/14/17

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iba-nissas-news-header.gifBench Bar: Come Early, Watch the Horses, Race a Justice and More!

It’s hard to believe it, but the time is here for our annual Bench Bar Conference! Our Conference Chairs Eric Engebretson and Judge Alicia Gooden have put together a jam-packed three days of fun at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Kentucky!

We are starting on Thursday afternoon with golf, zip lining or a distillery tour before we head to Churchill Downs for drinks, dinner and horse racing. Please plan to arrive early enough on Thursday afternoon so that you will have time to check in with IndyBar staff prior to boarding the busses for Churchill Downs. You must have special tickets in order to attend the event at Churchill Downs. The IndyBar conference registration desk will be open at the Hyatt Regency from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday (golfers will receive their Churchill Downs tickets at the golf course). The first busses will be leaving the hotel around 3:45 p.m. and we will have a continuous loop of buses to provide transportation to and from Churchill Downs. If you want to partake in our open host bar at the event, you are required to execute a waiver a release of liability affirming that you will not drive to the event. We want everyone to have fun watching the horses but we also want to make sure everyone is safe and able to participate in the rest of the conference events!

And make sure you don’t spend all your energy cheering on the horses, because you have an opportunity to race Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steve David and Jake Bradley of Quarles & Brady LLP on Friday morning at 7 a.m. during a three to five mile run!

After you recover from your run, you will be ready to hear about the challenges facing our legal community, the inspirational personal stories of local attorneys who have stepped up to meet some of these challenges and the importance of emotional, financial and physical wellness to your own legal practice, all while having the opportunity to pick and choose which breakout sessions you would like to attend to learn about the latest legal trends. Our Friday events will end with our annual trivia night to support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and then we will wrap up the conference on Saturday morning with an ethics session presented by James Bell (who always manages to get at least a few good jokes into his presentation) and then a panel discussion from our own Indiana Supreme Court justices. I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Louisville!

Thank you and Best Wishes to Caren Chopp

We have had 14 wonderful years with Caren Chopp on staff at the IndyBar, but it is time for us to wish her well as she moves on to new adventures as the Assistant Director of Operations at Sigma Kappa Foundation. Caren has been a true champion of the IndyBar’s pro bono efforts, spending hours recruiting volunteers to help provide legal services for some of the neediest in our local community.

Whether organizing our Ask a Lawyer community events or staffing a case for a litigant in Marion County, Caren has always demonstrated the utmost professionalism and compassion in matching attorneys to clients in need. She also has supported our Bar Leader Series and Impact Grant Fund efforts for the past several years, helping the IndyBar and our foundation make a true impact in our community. When you worked with Caren on a project, you always knew that she would greet you with a smile and that she would make sure that every last detail was completed to perfection. So, with a grateful heart, we wish Caren the best of luck with her new adventures. We will miss her greatly, but know that she will continue her efforts to better our community!•


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  1. The voices of the prophets are more on blogs than subway walls these days, Dawn. Here is the voice of one calling out in the wilderness ... against a corrupted judiciary ... that remains corrupt a decade and a half later ... due to, so sadly, the acquiescence of good judges unwilling to shake the forest ... for fear that is not faith ..

  2. So I purchased a vehicle cash from the lot on West Washington in Feb 2017. Since then I found it the vehicle had been declared a total loss and had sat in a salvage yard due to fire. My title does not show any of that. I also have had to put thousands of dollars into repairs because it was not a solid vehicle like they stated. I need to find out how to contact the lawyers on this lawsuit.

  3. It really doesn't matter what the law IS, if law enforcement refuses to take reports (or take them seriously), if courts refuse to allow unrepresented parties to speak (especially in Small Claims, which is supposedly "informal"). It doesn't matter what the law IS, if constituents are unable to make effective contact or receive any meaningful response from their representatives. Two of our pets were unnecessarily killed; court records reflect that I "abandoned" them. Not so; when I was denied one of them (and my possessions, which by court order I was supposed to be able to remove), I went directly to the court. And earlier, when I tried to have the DV PO extended (it expired while the subject was on probation for violating it), the court denied any extension. The result? Same problems, less than eight hours after expiration. Ironic that the county sheriff was charged (and later pleaded to) with intimidation, but none of his officers seemed interested or capable of taking such a report from a private citizen. When I learned from one officer what I needed to do, I forwarded audio and transcript of one occurrence and my call to law enforcement (before the statute of limitations expired) to the prosecutor's office. I didn't even receive an acknowledgement. Earlier, I'd gone in to the prosecutor's office and been told that the officer's (written) report didn't match what I said occurred. Since I had the audio, I can only say that I have very little faith in Indiana government or law enforcement.

  4. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  5. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.