The “In Case You Missed It” CLE Recap: Applicants and Criminal Records/Background Checks


By Julia Kleinschmidt, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

The Paralegal Committee organized a successful seminar on the subject of Applicants and Criminal Records/Background Checks at the Indianapolis Bar Association on August 8, 2013. Janeen Feinberg, Frost Brown & Todd, LLC, was a well-informed and dynamic speaker. Ms. Feinberg’s practice area includes Labor and Employment Law, as well as Complex Business Litigation. She brought further expertise to the subject matter through her background with the Maryland State Attorney’s Office in Rockville, Maryland Circuit Court where she assisted in prosecuting cold cases. Her familiarity with the criminal justice system and employment and labor law brought to life the subject of how to properly advise your business clients on avoiding common pitfalls in designing an employment application, and interviewing applicants. Continue reading

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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: IndyBar to Host Election Law Debate

Introducing first, in this corner, we have Bill Bock, hailing from Kroger Gardis & Regas, representing such heavy hitters as the United States Anti-Doping Agency. And his opponent, a partner of the Faegre Baker Daniels firm, is Scott Chinn, legal advisor to Indy political stars and public officials alike.

These two heavyweights of the Indy legal community will square off in a head-to-head debate on one of the most hotly contested topics of our day: election law. Keeping the fight clean will be Brian Bosma, partner at Kroger Gardis & Regas and Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives. Continue reading

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Go Green…and Save Green!

Saving the planet feels good…but does it feel as good as saving money? It turns out you can do both at the same time, according to IndyBar member Rick Mann, who heads up his own small firm in Indianapolis. Richard A. Mann PC was recognized for its outstanding efforts to go green in 2012 through the IndyBar’s Green Legal Initiative, which encourages firms, agencies and legal departments to adopt greener business practices.

“There are things that people can do that will save them money,” says Rick, who notes that he does have greater flexibility because he owns his own building. Several measures, though, can be applied from a big firm down to a solo practitioner. Continue reading

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IndyBar President’s Message: Valuing Our Judiciary

By Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence & 2013 IndyBar President

I am writing this President’s column in San Francisco at a meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Yes, there is an association of us, frightening though that may seem, yet I unapologetically say it is a good thing. This association helps bar leaders and executives analyze and confront the unique challenges we have as our legal worlds collide, whether it be defining (and paying for) the ideal legal education in 2013, triaging the challenges of our underfunded courts, the changing professional landscape for today’s (and tomorrow’s) practitioners or the very real access to justice issues apparent by the increasing percentage of individuals and businesses who just cannot afford to hire a lawyer anymore to solve their problems.
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Memories of Joe Russell

The legal community was shocked by the sudden passing of C. Joseph Russell on July 17, 2013. Joe was an attorney for 33 years, serving as President of the Indianapolis Bar Association in 1999 among many other leadership roles held in both the bar and other legal and civic organizations. He attended Western Kentucky University and received his J.D. from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

2009 Indianapolis Bar Association President James H. Voyles shares his fond memories of Joe Russell below.

While still shocked from Joe’s death, having spent the day before and the morning of his death with him, I am trying to adjust my own perception of life based on Joe’s premature departure. Continue reading

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Law Student Scholarship Available from IndyBar Government Practice Section

The Indianapolis Bar Association Government Practice Section is pleased to announce the availability of an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to be awarded to a second or third year law student with an interest in government practice.

To be eligible, applicants must be permanent residents of Indiana and must provide an official or unofficial law school transcript, a letter of recommendation by a faculty member, a resume, and the completed application form and essay.

All application materials are due by August 22, 2013. The scholarship will be awarded by August 30, 2013.

Please go here to view full application instructions and to access the application. Any questions should be directed to Sarah Burkman at 317-233-9455 or

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New in the IndyBar CLE Catalog: Nine New Courses Posted for Online Credit

The IndyBar is proud to offer an online CLE option to complement our many live educational programs. Earn up to six hours of CLE credit during each three year period from the comfort of your desk, couch, or anywhere with a WIFI signal! More than 90 programs are currently available in the online catalog, with new programs added weekly. Check out the full catalog here, and see new programs added this week below.

Business Law Skills Series: Alternative Investments–Current Legal Issues Relating to Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds & Venture Capital Funds, 1.0 General Credit

Update from the U.S. Trustee: New Fee Guidelines, National Servicer Settlement, Means Testing & More, 1.0 General Credit

High Tech Search & Seizure, 1.0 General Credit

Family Law Practical Application Series: Advanced Asset Identification and Valuation Techniques, 1.0 General Credit

Paternity–From Filing the Petition to Final Judgment, 1.0 General Credit

Defending a DUI–From Initial Hearing Through Sentencing, 1.0 General Credit

Four Reasons Why Law Firms Must Clean Up Their (Information Management) Act, 1.00 General Credit

Probate Practice Series: Estate Planning & Administration Update, 1.0 General Credit

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The “In Case You Missed It” CLE Recap: Credit Reporting Law

By the IndyBar Paralegal Committee

On May 30, 2013, the IndyBar Paralegal Committee sponsored a CLE seminar presented by G. John Cento of Cento Law, LLC on Creditors Rights. The objective of the seminar was to provide an oversight of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the reporting of accurate and inaccurate information on consumer credit reports by the consumer reporting agencies (TransUnion, Equifax and Experian) and what remedy provisions are provided. Continue reading

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The Appellate Courts Demystified: New Pause for Professionalism Video Available

By the IndyBar Professionalism Committee

For some trial attorneys, the courtroom becomes like a second home. They can come to feel like they spend more time there than with their families or friends. However, those same attorneys can feel the fear in their hearts when they hear a case has gone up in appeal. Many view the appellate process as if it were a foreign country where they don’t speak the language and have no idea of the local customs.
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Interrogatories: Candid Q&A with Matthew Butterick

By Tyler D. Helmond, Voyles Zahn & Paul

Matthew Butterick
Attorney and Author

He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. He is an attorney. He is the typeface designer behind Equity, a font for lawyers. And he is the author of “Typography for Lawyers.” He is Matthew Butterick, and he has been served with interrogatories. Continue reading

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