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All Day Ethics, Dec. 31 – Last Chance for CLE in 2014!

This is your last opportunity to get your CLE and Ethics hours for the year! Come see a Video Replay of some of the best ethical discussions of 2014 throughout the day at the ICLEF Conference Facility.

You may register for as many hours as you need for up to 8 CLE/8 Ethics hours from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on New Year’s Eve. ICLEF provides eight of our best ethics discussions from the past year conveniently available for you to finish the year in compliance with your annual CLE requirements. Finish your year on the right track and join us some of the day or all day for All Day Ethics…

Please Note: CLE credit cannot be certified for portions of the program already viewed by the attendee.

Up to 8 CLE / 8 E – Wednesday, December 31, 2014

- ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis

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Joining us at the Ritz Charles in Carmel for Year in Review?  US 31 is now open!!

Joining us at the Ritz Charles in Carmel for Year in Review? US 31 is now open!!

US 31 is now re-opened in time for this year’s Year In ReviewTM seminar on December 9-10. However, some of the access points you may be familiar with have changed or are still under construction.

To assist you, we suggest you try these directions or this handy map to assist you with accessing the Ritz Charles on seminar day! To learn more about this years seminar, Click Here.

Directions to Ritz Charles, Carmel, IN

* Coming from the South to Ritz Charles
Coming from the South or 465, Head North on US 31, Turn Left onto 116th Street, Turn Right onto Illinois Street (round-a-bout). Pass IU North Hospital and Ritz Charles will be on your Right Hand Side (back entrance to facility).

* Coming from the North to Ritz Charles
Coming from the North, Head South on US 31, Exit Right onto Main Street/131st (ramp) heading West. At the first round-a-about take the 3rd Exit Heading South onto Illinois Street. At the second round-a-bout, continue onto Illinois Street (first Exit). Follow Illinois Street South. Ritz Charles will be on your Left Hand Side (back entrance to facility).

2014 Year In Review Carmel US 31 Construction Map


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ICLEF Contributes $2500 to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

ICLEF is pleased to announce a contribution of $2500 to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation in support of the Neil E. Shook Scholarship Fund.  The Indianapolis Bar Foundation website lists the Neil E. Shook Scholarship as being available to 2nd year Robert H. McKinney School of Law students who exhibit the following characteristics: 1. academic proficiency; 2. interest in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law; 3. financial need; 4. exceptional leader­ship skills; 5. demonstrated commitment to excellence; 6. proponent of civility in the legal profession.

We are delighted to be able to provide financial support to this important scholarship fund.

Click here if you would like to make a donation to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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Father’s Due Process Rights Violated in Proceeding That Would Terminate His Parental Rights

Case: In Re the Adoption of K.W.: M.W. v. S.L. and T.L.
Case Summary by Mike Kohlhaas, Bingham Greenebaum Doll

HELD: Father’s due process rights were violated when the trial court failed to rule on Father’s request for appointed counsel in an adoption proceeding that would terminate Father’s parental rights.

Child was born to Mother in 2004. In 2008, Mother was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Mother died in 2009 as a result of a lethal dose of pain medication administered by Father, who was an EMT. Father was arrested and Child’s maternal grandmother (“Grandmother”) acquired guardianship of Child. Father later pleaded guilty to charges related to Mother’s death, and was sentenced to 12 years.

In 2013, Grandmother and her husband (“Grandparents”) filed a petition to adopt Child, and notice of same was issued to Father. Father responded with a pro se appearance, as well as a motion to have counsel appointed for him based upon indigence. The trial court never ruled on this motion.

At a subsequent hearing on Grandparents’ adoption petition, Grandparents appeared and Father appeared pro se telephonically. The trial court determined that Father’s consent to the adoption was not required, and granted the adoption in favor of Grandparents, thereby terminating Father’s parental rights. Father appealed.

The Court of Appeals noted that Ind. Code 31-32-2-5 provides that a parent is entitled to counsel in a proceeding that terminates parental rights. Thus, Father was entitled to counsel in the Grandparents’ adoption matter.

The trial court’s adoption order was reversed, and remanded with instructions to determine whether Father is indigent and, if so, to appoint counsel to represent Father at a new adoption hearing.

To view the text of this opinion in its entirety, click here: In Re the Adoption of K.W.: M.W. v. S.L. and T.L.


James A. Reed and Michael R. Kohlhaas of Bingham Greenebaum Doll represent clients in a wide spectrum of relationship transition and wealth planning matters, including premarital agreements, estate planning, cohabitation, separation, divorce (especially involving high net worth individuals and/or complex asset issues), custody, parenting arrangements, adoption, and domestic partnerships. Bingham Greenebaum Doll, a multidisciplinary law firm serving regional, national, and international clients, is the fourth-largest law firm in Indiana. The firm’s main practices include corporate, property, litigation, labor, government law, and personal services law. Visit the firm’s website at www.bgdlegal.com.

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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