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Love of football, coaching puts attorney Doyle in charge at Chatard

Veteran Indianapolis attorney Rob Doyle sees no end of 70-hour workweeks, but now less of that time will be at his law office and more will be on the sidelines at Bishop Chatard High School.More.

Indianapolis creates interagency response units

Indianapolis has created four interagency teams to reduce the number of people taken to an emergency room or to jail as the state struggles to keep up with the opioid epidemic.More.

DOJ, US Attorney’s Office offer resources to reduce crime

Olivia Covington
The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana have begun a new partnership with Indianapolis leaders and law enforcement officials to offer DOJ resources designed to enhance efforts to reduce local violence.More.

DOJ files brief in Title VII sexual orientation case

Marilyn Odendahl
The U.S. Department of Justice is adding its voice to the latest Title VII dispute, echoing 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Sykes that Congress, not the courts, should determine whether civil rights’ prohibitions against discrimination extend to sexual orientation.More.

In This Issue

JULY 26-AUG. 8, 2017
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Insurance defense attorney Rob Doyle will be spending less time in the office and more time on the football field now that he's head coach of the team at Bishop Chatard High School. The Department of Justice directive on civil forfeiture announced July 19 comes at a time when Indiana is considering revamping its civil forfeiture law. Family law attorneys are seeing more contentious divorce cases and are trying to be the calm in the dissolution storm.

Top Stories

DOJ directive creates civil forfeiture loophole

As Indiana considers revamping its civil forfeiture law, the federal government has given state and local law enforcement a mechanism to potentially do an end-run around whatever reforms are made.More.

We’re No. 4 in attorney growth! (Or are we?)

On paper, Indiana’s legal community appears to be among the healthiest in the nation. On paper, Indiana’s legal community also appears to be the weakest in the nation.More.

Lake County Bar Association forms amicus committee

The Lake County Bar Association has formed an amicus committee to write briefs in precedent-setting cases.More.

Damages in DCS abuse cases piling up

Indiana officials expect to settle a federal damages lawsuit in a second case where a court has found a Department of Child Services case manager violated the constitutional rights of a parent.More.

Effective social media use helps firms attract business

In today’s legal market, most attorneys understand that social media is the name of the legal marketing game.More.

New law gives grandparents notice about adoptions

A new law requiring grandparents be notified of adoption petitions passed the General Assembly this year without a single vote in opposition and was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb. That’s when the confusion began.More.

ABA tool highlights veterans’ legal issues

The concept of Legal Checkup for Veterans is similar to a routine checkup at a doctor’s office.More.

Love of football, coaching puts attorney Doyle in charge at Chatard

Veteran Indianapolis attorney Rob Doyle sees no end of 70-hour workweeks, but now less of that time will be at his law office and more will be on the sidelines at Bishop Chatard High School.More.


Family law attorneys work to keep the calm during stormy dissolutions

Fort Wayne attorney John Brandt hopes the rise in anger among his divorcing clients is just a blip.More.

Rise in divorces among older couples presents unique family law issues

The legal nuances of gray divorce can be different than what younger couples might encounter when dealing with a split. Chief among those nuances are financial considerations, which can present unique challenges for spouses who are at or nearing retirement.More.


Vaidik/Diaz-Bonilla: Let's talk about motion hearings

Most attorneys come to a hearing ready to lecture at the judge with a set agenda while judges crave a hearing full of clarifying conversation with the advocate clearing up any confusion.More.

Maing Rain: Utilize the 1-page strategy to eliminate dust bunnies

Here are some tips on how to create a simple plan that will not collect dust and can have a significant impact on your marketing and business development success.More.

Technology Untangled: Video editing technology can put words in your mouth

Sometimes in my technical work I am asked to analyze a video to see if it has been edited or altered. The argument typically goes along the lines that something has been added to a recording to make things appear worse than they really were, that words were added and essentially put in a person’s mouth.More.

Hammerle on ... 'War for the Planet of the Apes,' 'The Big Sick'

Bob Hammerle says "The Big Sick" is the best movie of 2017 so far.More.

In Brief

State Sen. Glick gets probationary deal in attorney discipline case

A northern Indiana state senator who was accused of mishandling 22 estate cases — including several open cases that are decades old — will not be suspended from the practice of law if she abides by conditions imposed by the Indiana Supreme Court.More.

Fort Wayne's Fred Beckman remembered as ‘excellent attorney’

The Fort Wayne legal community is remembering Frederick A. Beckman as a kind attorney who had a sharp mind and a nickname for everyone.More.

Justices allow strict enforcement of Trump refugee ban

The U.S. Supreme Court is granting the Trump administration's request to more strictly enforce its ban on refugees, at least until a federal appeals court weighs in.More.

BMV intentionally overcharged, lawyer says after fresh settlement

The Indiana Bureau of Motor vehicles intentionally overcharged some 5.5 million Hoosiers for years, even after its misconduct was pointed out, said an attorney whose firm announced the second settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the agency.More.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions - July 5-18, 2017

Read summaries of recent appellate decisions.More.

On The Move


Read who's recently joined an Indiana firm, joined a board or honored for their work.More.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions - 7/26/17

Read who's been suspended and who has resigned from the bar.More.

Bar Associations

DTCI: Protecting a Final Judgment from Rule 60(B)

Young lawyers seeking to protect a judgment from one such form of attack — a motion brought under Indiana Trial Rule 60(B) — may consider the following information.More.

DTCI Partners with ESI to Present a Summer Seminar

CLE Seminar & ReceptionMore.

DTCI: Members On The Move

Congratulations to DTCI members who have formed Katz Korin Cunningham.More.

DTCI: Practical Advice for New Lawyers from Less-New Lawyers

I got the job. Now what?More.

Nissa's News - 7/26/17

What You Need to Know About the IndyBarMore.

IBF supporters tee up (and suit up) to help Hoosiers in need!

View photos from the 2017 Lawyer Links Classic golf outing and pool party.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.

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.

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.

Teaming up for change

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

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.


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.

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.

Aiming for exoneration

Inmate awaits court hearingMore.

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.

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.


How do managing partners manage their social media?

Do you have a LinkedIn account? If you are a managing partner, then you most likely do, although your online presence may be begrudgingly, depending on your age.More.


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Agency action. Affirms the denial of Charles O’Keefe’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury. Finds that even though O’Keefe drove a semi-truck, his work was agricultural in character, so he was exempt from the Worker’s Compensation Act and could not receive workers’ compensation benefits.More.
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  1. Ah ha, so the architect of the ISC Commission to advance racial preferences and gender warfare, a commission that has no place at the inn for any suffering religious discrimination, see details ..... this grand architect of that institutionalized 14th amendment violation just cannot bring himself to utter the word religious discrimination, now can he: "Shepard noted two questions rise immediately from the decision. The first is how will trial courts handle allegations of racism during jury deliberations? The second is does this exception apply only to race? Shepard believes the exception to Rule 606 could also be applied to sexual orientation and gender." Thus barks the Shepard: "Race, gender, sexual orientation". But not religion, oh no, not that. YET CONSIDER ... Of course the old dog's inability to see this post modern phenomena, but to instead myopically focus on the sexual orientation issues, again betrays one of his pet protects, see here Does such preference also reveal the mind of an anti-religious bigot? There can be no doubt that those on the front lines of the orientation battle often believe religion their enemy. That certainly could explain why the ISC kicked me in the face and down the proverbial crevice when I documented religious discrimination in its antechambers in 2009 .... years before the current turnover began that ended with a whole new court (hallelujah!) in 2017. Details on the kick to my face here Friends and countrymen, harbor no doubt about it .... anti-religious bias is strong with this old dog, it is. One can only wonder what Hoosier WW2 hero and great jurist Justice Alfred Pivarnik would have made of all of this? Take this comment home for us, Gary Welsh (RIP):

  2. my sister hit a horse that ran in the highway the horse belonged to an amish man she is now in a nurseing home for life. The family the horse belonged to has paid some but more needs to be paid she also has kids still at home...can we sue in the state f Indiana

  3. Or does the study merely wish they fade away? “It just hasn’t risen substantially in decades,” Joan Williams, director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law told Law360. “What we should be looking for is progress, and that’s not what we’re seeing.” PROGRESS = less white males in leadership. Thus the heading and honest questions here ....

  4. One need not wonder why we are importing sex slaves into North America. Perhaps these hapless victims of human trafficking were being imported for a book of play with the Royal Order of Jesters? Indianapolis hosts these major pervs in a big way .... I wonder what affect they exert on Hoosier politics? And its judiciary? A very interesting program on their history and preferences here:

  5. Joseph Buser, Montgomery County Chief Prosecutor, has been involved in both representing the State of Indiana as Prosecutor while filing as Representing Attorney on behalf of himself and the State of Indiana in Civil Proceedings for seized cash and merchandise using a Verified Complaint For Forfeiture of Motor Vehicle, Us Currency And Reimbursement Of Costs, as is evident in Montgomery County Circuit Court Case Number 54C01-1401-MI-000018, CCS below, seen before Judge Harry Siamas, and filed on 01/13/2014. Sheriff Mark Castille is also named. All three defendants named by summons have prior convictions under Mr. Buser, which as the Indiana Supreme Court, in the opinion of The Matter of Mark R. McKinney, No. 18S00-0905-DI-220, stated that McKinney created a conflict of interest by simultaneously prosecuting drug offender cases while pocketing assets seized from defendants in those cases. All moneys that come from forfeitures MUST go to the COMMON SCHOOL FUND.