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Retired lawyer among few who have run every 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

A few miles into the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 2, retired lawyer Eugene Lausch will reach a fitting milestone: He will have run 500 miles in the event.More.

2015 Law Day celebrates the Magna Carta

This year’s Law Day recognizes the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and its theme: No one is above the law.More.

2014 law school grads see slight uptick in employment

National data released by the American Bar Association shows that the Class of 2014 has a slightly larger percentage of its graduates employed in long-term, full-time positions that require bar passage as compared with the Class of 2013.More.

Indiana Tech Law School slips in first round of accreditation

Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School has failed to convince the American Bar Association to give provisional accreditation to its program, handing the Fort Wayne school a setback and raising questions about its students’ futures.More.

In This Issue

APRIL 22-MAY 5, 2015
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A retired lawyer is among the elite few to participate in every 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, which began in 1977. Bettie Page’s name and image popularized by once-scandalous pinups from the 1940s and 1950s remain hot properties still able to stir up trouble. The integration between Eskenzi Health and Indiana Legal Services coupled with the sustained effort to remedy the Medicaid waiver issue earned the Midtown Partnership national recognition.

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Medical-legal partnership honored for work on Medicaid waiver issue

The integration between Eskenzai Health and Indiana Legal Services coupled with the sustained effort to remedy the waiver issue earned the Midtown Partnership national recognition. In April, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership presented the Indianapolis-based partnership with a 2015 Outstanding MLP Award.


Dearborn County judges headed to trial on discrimination claims

Two judges and a magistrate judge in Dearborn County appear headed to trial in federal court on a discrimination claim arising from their decision not to provide a sign language interpreter for a courtroom spectator.More.

Marion County justice center debate proves divisive

Nearly a year-and-a-half after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Marion County Sheriff John Layton and other community leaders laid out a vision for an Indianapolis criminal justice center, its future is clouded as late opposition resulted in a major setback to the plan.More.

A killing in community corrections

Alan E. Cain drove on a forfeited license in March 2013, a probation violation that landed him in an Indianapolis work-release program. Sixteen days later, he was dead.More.

Retired lawyer among few who have run every 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

A few miles into the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 2, retired lawyer Eugene Lausch will reach a fitting milestone: He will have run 500 miles in the event.More.


Sanctioning Bettie Page

Bettie Page’s name and image popularized by once-scandalous pinups from the 1940s and 1950s remain hot properties still able to stir up trouble.More.

Intellectual property issues are increasingly arising in other practice areas

Intellectual property is no longer the geeky practice area, and it is going to continue to become more and more prominent. Patent and trademark issues continue to emerge in practice areas such as family law, estate planning and business law.More.

McCauley: Are you prepared for a data breach litigation?

Data breaches can be very stressful events for an organization and counsel should be prepared to help a client navigate the complexities of a proper response. At the end of the day, maintaining the client’s ongoing relationship with its customers and its reputation in the marketplace should be the primary goal of the client and counsel.More.

Lechleiter: PTO improves adversarial procedures for challenging patents

As the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issues more and more patents each year, inevitably many companies will find themselves named as defendants in patent-infringement litigation.More.


Making Rain: Use these tips to improve email etiquette

Maybe you are thinking, “What does email etiquette have to with business development?” Generally, quite a lot.More.

Hammerle On… 'Fast & Furious 7,' 'While We're Young'

Bob Hammerle says even if you have to wear a disguise, you should go see "Fast & Furious 7."More.

Living Fit: It's up to you to be happy

For most of us, the answer to the question, “Are you happy?” depends upon who we’re with, our health, work life, finances and family dynamics.More.

Indiana Lawyer owner reflects on paper’s 25-year history

The Indiana Lawyer was launched 25 years ago with a quest to have a prestigious publication that would be educational and enjoyable, and have a positive impact on the legal community.More.

In Brief

Evansville residency ordinance hearing to be broadcast

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush has approved a Vanderburgh Superior judge’s request that an en banc hearing be held regarding an ordinance passed last year that says a person appointed to a board serving the city of Evansville must live in the city.More.

IU Maurer partners with 5 more schools for scholarships

Indiana University Maurer School of Law announced Tuesday that it has signed partnerships expanding its scholarship and mentoring program with five Midwestern colleges and universities, including DePauw University in Greencastle.More.

Judge: Notre Dame police aren't subject to open records law

A judge in South Bend has ruled the University of Notre Dame’s police department isn't subject to Indiana’s open records laws, saying that is how the law has been understood for years and it would not be appropriate for the court to rewrite the statute.More.

Woman freed after wrongful conviction wants 2 suits combined

A woman wrongfully convicted of setting a fire that killed her 3-year-old son wants her two lawsuits alleging that investigators framed her combined into a single case.More.

COA now recording select 'Appeals on Wheels' arguments

When the Indiana Court of Appeals hits the road to hear arguments, some of those will now be recorded and archived online.More.

Law firms raise $39,000 for Lung Association

Indianapolis law firms smashed a fundraising goal of $35,000, raising more than $39,000 in the annual American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb Law Firm Challenge. Teams collected donations and climbed to the top of downtown Indy's Chase Tower.More.

Bob Woodward to speak at Indiana Bar Foundation anniversary dinner

In November, the Indiana Bar Foundation will commemorate its 65 years of ensuring that everyone has legal representation and that Hoosier students have an opportunity to learn about the Constitution and democracy.More.

Records: Ex-IPFW chancellor, Purdue settled suit for $52,500

Documents say Purdue University paid $52,500 to a former Fort Wayne campus chancellor in a settlement over an age discrimination lawsuit.More.

IU Maurer professor remembered for criminal justice work

A longtime professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law is being remembered as a ‘crusader for justice’ by those he worked with and taught. More.

Helping to plan for difficult decisions

Attorney volunteers offered their services during a pro bono clinic at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis to give patients a little peace of mind.More.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions - April 1 to 14, 2015

Read recent appellate decisions from Indiana courts.More.

On The Move

On the Move - 4/22/15

Read who's recently joined an Indiana firm or appointed to serve on a committee.More.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions - 4/22/15

Read who recently resigned from the Indiana bar.More.

Bar Associations

IndyBar: Register today for Bench Bar 2015!

Call it Bench Bar 2.0: the event IndyBar members have grown to love over the last 20 years is back and better than ever, with nationally known speakers and a rejuvenated format featuring quick-hitting, high-impact TEDTalk style sessions on fresh, thought-provoking topics.More.

IndyBar: Financial Damages Expert Opinions: What’s the Difference?

Oftentimes, it is curious how opposing financial damages experts, when presented with the same set of facts in a contested matter, can arrive at opinions with such wide disparities in their respective quantifications of damages.More.

Trimble: The Time for a New Justice Center is Now

Your Indianapolis Bar Association continues to advocate for local government leaders to face the justice system facilities crisis head on, urging prompt action on whatever financing model can be agreed upon to move a project forward toward construction.More.

IndyBar: Help the Homeless: Pro Bono Training and Free CLE Available at Upcoming Program

Many people who call Indy home need legal assistance – even those without a home to live in. Attorneys have the opportunity to help homeless individuals with their legal issues, and an upcoming IndyBar program on April 29 will provide the training to do so.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.
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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.

After exoneration

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

System delivers injustice

Exonerated face new, old legal hurdles after release.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.

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  1. I'm not sure what's more depressing: the fact that people would pay $35,000 per year to attend an unaccredited law school, or the fact that the same people "are hanging in there and willing to follow the dean’s lead in going forward" after the same school fails to gain accreditation, rendering their $70,000 and counting education worthless. Maybe it's a good thing these people can't sit for the bar.

  2. Such is not uncommon on law school startups. Students and faculty should tap Bruce Green, city attorney of Lufkin, Texas. He led a group of studnets and faculty and sued the ABA as a law student. He knows the ropes, has advised other law school startups. Very astute and principled attorney of unpopular clients, at least in his past, before Lufkin tapped him to run their show.

  3. Not that having the appellate records on Odyssey won't be welcome or useful, but I would rather they first bring in the stray counties that aren't yet connected on the trial court level.

  4. Aristotle said 350 bc: "The most hated sort, and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural object of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of an modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural.

  5. Oh yes, lifetime tenure. The Founders gave that to the federal judges .... at that time no federal district courts existed .... so we are talking the Supreme Court justices only in context that they could rule against traditional marriage and for the other pet projects of the sixties generation. Right. Hmmmm, but I must admit, there is something from that time frame that seems to recommend itself in this context ..... on yes, from a document the Founders penned in 1776: " He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."