Last UpdatedWED., SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 - 2:07 PM
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Lake Michigan private, public land rights clash before COA

Long Beach, Indiana, is at the center of a landmark dispute between public access and private property rights to the Indiana shore of Lake Michigan.More.

COA finds electrician can sue former employers for mesothelioma diagnosis02:06 pm

Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday that an electrician can sue his former employers for negligence and liability after he was exposed to asbestos.More.

COA says attempted murder is not an exception to voluntary intoxication statute01:58 pm

Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals found Wednesday that a man cannot have his attempted murder charge overturned because he was drunk at the time of the incident, writing that voluntary intoxication does not negate the specific intent to kill requirement of an attempted murder charge.More.

COA finds no evidence of severe mental illness to prohibit pro se proceedings01:46 pm

Olivia Covington
A woman’s convictions for possession of controlled substances and operating a vehicle while intoxicated will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Wednesday that she did not suffer from a severe mental illness that should have precluded her from proceeding pro se.More.

In This Issue

SEPT. 21-OCT. 4, 2016
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Incoming Indiana State Bar Association President Mitchell Heppenheimer plans to help the legal profession adapt to changes in the marketplace created by technology. Indiana Tech Law School has been mum one what's next for the school after disappointing July bar exam results. Public and private land rights over the Lake Michigan shore clash before the Court of Appeals.

Top Stories

‘Making a Murderer’ attorney sees reform taking root

Hoosier native Jerry Buting will continue the conversation about reform at the Indiana State Bar Association's annual meeting this month.More.

Judges blister Pence’s position, solicitor general in Syrian refugee case

Near the conclusion of more than 50 sometimes shouted questions and incredulous interruptions of Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher on Wednesday, exasperated 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner said to him, “Honestly. You are so out of it.”


Notre Dame police want records secret, ESPN lawyer argues

Case pits arguments for strict statutory interpretation against a determination based on public policy.More.

Tweeting reporters allowed in court?

Members of the media and judges are working together to develop standards for journalists who want to cover court proceedings to protect defendants and allow transparency.More.

Lake Michigan private, public land rights clash before COA

Long Beach, Indiana, is at the center of a landmark dispute between public access and private property rights to the Indiana shore of Lake Michigan.More.

Indiana Tech fails key test: 1 grad passes bar

The state’s newest law school has been mum about the dismal results and what’s next for the school and its students.More.

Putting renowned criminal defense lawyer Voyles on hot seat pays off for legal aid

Jim Voyles, the criminal defense attorney best known for representing a who’s who of famous clients thought ILAS board member and Frost Brown Todd LLC partner Tom Davis was making a sucker’s bet when he asked Voyles be the guest of honor at a fundraising roast marking ILAS’s 75th anniversary.More.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg entertains, educates Notre Dame audience

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about her life and career during a special appearance at Notre Dame Sept 12. During the two-hour event, Judge Ann Claire Williams of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals moderated the discussion that also included a handful of questions from students.More.


Incoming ISBA president outlines plans to help legal profession adapt to changing marketplace

Mitchell Heppenheimer’s agenda for his term at the helm is focusing on ways to help Hoosier lawyers be successful in the shifting landscape. In particular, he plans to launch a campaign to educate people on why they should turn to a lawyer for legal advice and that lawyers can be hired at reasonable prices.More.

Indiana Kids’ Election seeks legal volunteers for schools

Through the Indiana Kids’ Election Speakers’ Bureau, hundreds of attorneys, judges, paralegals and law students from across the state have volunteered to teach elementary, middle and high school students about the election process, and there are still spots open for other interested legal professionals.More.

Riley: The Indiana State Bar Association Future’s Committee

ISBA President Carol Adinamis appointed the Future of the Provision of Legal Services Committee to examine challenges to the profession from legal document and service providers and advances in technology. Here are the four recommendations of the committee.More.


Start Page: The appeal of the newest Apple iPhone? The core

This article will provide a brief overview of the new features available on the iPhone 7 to help you determine if it’s time to upgrade.More.

Federal Bar Update: Show up and pay attention to court matters

In the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, from time to time the federal bench has found it necessary to comment on deficient practitioner performance. A recent example also serves as a reminder of some basic principles in this age of phone conferences.More.

Hammerle on…'The Light Between Oceans,' 'Sully'

Bob Hammerle recommends "The Light Between Oceans," but will never watch it again.More.

Young: Remembering US Probation Officer Tom Gahl

Sept. 22, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most tragic day in the history of the Southern District of Indiana: the murder of United States Probation Officer Thomas E. Gahl.More.

In Brief

Ex-Krieg DeVault attorneys sue over pay, alleged partner write-offs

Three partners who left Krieg DeVault LLP last year have sued their former firm over compensation. They claim they were shortchanged when they departed the firm and made to pay for other partners whose capital accounts with negative balances were written off.More.

Indiana law schools welcome Class of 2019

The students in the Class of 2019 who recently began their legal studies at Indiana law schools are, for the most part, very similar to the crop that enrolled one year ago.More.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions - Aug. 30 – Sept. 13, 2016

Read recent appellate decisions.More.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions - 9/21/16

Read who was recently disbarred.More.

Bar Associations

DTCI: Business associate classification and HIPAA liability for lawyers

Jarrod Malone writes about the impact of the business associate classification on lawyers and law firms.More.

DTCI: North Central Region Trial Academy

Need to enhance your skills as a litigator? Searching for a good trial advocacy seminar? If so, be sure to register today for the 2016 North Central Region Trial Academy!More.

DTCI: Women in the Law Division

An Interview With Chief Justice Loretta RushMore.

DTCI: Trifecta!

Insurance Coverage - Judges' Roundtable - Beer TastingMore.

IndyBar: Additional Appointments Made for 2017 IndyBar Board of Directors

The slate for the 2017 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors is now complete with the appointment of four Vice Presidents and the Counsel to the Board by President-Elect Nissa Ricafort of Broyles Kight & Ricafort PCMore.

IndyBar: Chief Justice Loretta Rush Named 2016 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Recipient

The spirit of Antoinette Dakin Leach lives on through each award winner and this year’s recipient, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, is no exception. Chief Justice Rush has forged a career from numerous groundbreaking accomplishments.<More.

IndyBar: Join the Indianapolis Bar Foundation for an Evening Under the Stars on October 14

This annual event helps to ensure that the IBF can continue to provide access to justice for many of our Hoosier neighbors that might not otherwise have access to a lawyer.More.

IndyBar: IndyBar to Launch New Section in 2017

Exciting things are happening at the IndyBar! A new section—the E-Discovery, Information Governance & Cyber Security Section—is coming in 2017.More.

IndyBar: Learn the E-Filing Ropes at the IndyBar

E-Filing: it’s here to stay in Indiana. Though the new system is designed to simplify the process for all users of the court system, making the change to e-filing means big changes for local lawyers.More.

IndyBar: Help Us Honor Excellence: Nominations Now Open for IndyBar Recognition Awards

This fall, IndyBar members will be honored for their contributions to our legal community.More.

Online Extra: Judicial Roundtable 2014

When Loretta Rush was named chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court in August, Indiana hit a milestone. For the first time, all of our state's appellate courts were being led by women. Indiana Lawyer recently invited Rush, Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik, Indiana Tax Judge Martha Wentworth and Chief Judge Robyn Moberly of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana's Bankruptcy Court to discuss their career paths as well as opportunities and challenges today's courts and lawyers face.More.
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Indiana makes gains in permanent placement

The state sees improvement, but aims to do better.More.

Views shift on use of executions

What if 1976 hadn’t played out the way it did, and some of the jurists on the U.S. Supreme Court had held the view of capital punishment at that juncture that they did at the end of their judicial careers? The death penalty may never have been reinstated.More.

What's next for Indiana's death penalty?

Unlike other states, Indiana has not abolished or suspended use of executions.More.

State death penalty cases averaged 17 years

When the moment of death finally arrives, it ends what may be described as a long legal journey to justice within the capital punishment system.More.

Balancing philosophical with practical concerns regarding death penalty

Indiana Lawyer takes an in-depth look at the death penalty in the "Cost of Justice" series.More.
Juvenile Justice Juvenile Justice


A last-minute change to a bill during the 2009 special session has stripped judges of their discretion regarding juvenile placements out of state by requiring them to get permission from the Department of Child Services. All three branches are reacting.


Escaping execution

Exoneree joins statewide campaign calling for a death-penalty moratorium.More.

Reforms urged to prevent mistakes

Indiana explores what revisions to make to its criminal justice system.More.

Aiming for exoneration

Inmate awaits court hearingMore.

CJ: Most players in appeals acting responsibly

The Indiana chief justice said in an order that he would "smack down" judicial overreaching or overspending.More.

Bose lays off lawyers

Cuts are state's first announced publiclyMore.

Lawyer lands on feet

Attorney's job loss leads to his own legal consulting businessMore.

Mergers: Are we done yet?

2008 could be record year for law firm consolidationMore.

Tough times drive change

Attorneys see evolving legal work caused by economic woesMore.

System delivers injustice

Exonerated face new, old legal hurdles after release.More.

Counties must pay for juvenile facilities

Indiana counties are responsible to pay a portion of costs to operate juvenile detention facilities.More.

Teens share stories about juvenile justice experience

Two Elkhart County teens say it took incarceration to teach them a lesson.More.

Detaining questions

Funding of youth detention, alternatives draws concern.More.

State slow to achieve juvenile justice reforms

Local successes exist; systematic changes lag.More.
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Improving a child's access to counsel

A proposed draft rule would change waiver procedures in the juvenile justice system.More.

Early intervention for juveniles

A new law, along with pilot programs, encourage alternatives to keep kids out of courts.More.

The evolution of capital punishment

The Indiana Lawyer takes a historical look at how the death penalty system has evolved during the past 40 years and how Indiana has amended its practices and procedures through the decades.More.

Enduring legal process doesn't change parents' desire for justice

For 11 years, Dale and Connie Sutton’s lives as parents have been about ensuring what they see as justice for their murdered daughter.


Mental aspect of capital cases can be challenging

When it comes to tallying the total price of capital punishment, the cost of those cases for the legal community is more than just expansive legalese and court procedures that span a decade or two.More.

Prosecutors: money doesn't trump other factors when considering death penalty

At a time when capital punishment requests are down and some state officials are questioning the cost and overall effectiveness of seeking a death sentence, the issue of what it’s worth to go after this ultimate punishment is getting more scrutiny in Indiana and nationwide. Read more in Indiana Lawyer's in-depth look at the death penalty and the cost of justice.More.

Recent changes impact state justice system

National and state advocates pushing for wrongful conviction reforms judged that Indiana was behind other jurisdictions in strengthening its justice system, but they emphasized that ongoing discussions were a good starting point for the Hoosier legal community.More.

Clinic argues for man's innocence

the Indiana Supreme Court is considering whether to accept a post-conviction case on an issue some say is an important question of law relating to wrongful convictions.More.

Rising number of exonerees reflects flaws in justice system

Convicts are turning to methods that have freed others who were wrongfully convicted, as well as new issues that continue surfacing in the nation's court system.More.

Teaming up for change

National, local experts meet in Indiana to discuss juvenile justice.More.

Indiana: Better economic climate

State's legal community successfully rising to recession-related challengesMore.

Lawyers challenge imbalance of power

Budget statute affected juvenile codes and gives the Department of Child Services oversight of judicial decision-making.More.

Attorneys squeezing savings

Bar associations offer discounts, cost-cutting options for legal communityMore.

Money woes 'going to get worse'

County courts, prosecutors, public defenders face tight budgetsMore.

Indiana's legal aid in trouble?

3 legal aid providers discuss the economy's effectsMore.

After exoneration

Wrongfully convicted Hoosier settles federal suit for $4.5 million.More.

Marion County a model for juvenile detention reforms

Detention alternatives, Initial Hearing Court draw national praise.More.

What's next for Indiana's juvenile system?

Indiana lags in statewide reform, but builds on localized successes.More.

'Out of the court's hands'

Lake County teen recognizes she is responsible for future in juvenile system.More.

Motor vehicle accident: Noblesville collision
Patricia Acker and Peter Acker v. Keyna Sanders  More


Motor vehicle accident: rear-end collision
Dannis R. Thomas and Luisa Thomas v. Phyllis A. Isenhower More


Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination
Kristine R. Rednour v. Wayne Township Fire Department and Wayne Township More



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