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Jury still out if Marion County courts will go to new jail location

The Indianapolis judges will decide by May 1 if their future venue will be at new justice center a few miles outside of downtown.More.

Federal judge denies declaratory judgment to former Supreme Court employee

Olivia Covington
A district court judge has officially denied declaratory judgment to a former Indiana Supreme Court employee alleging disability discrimination on the part of state judicial leaders.More.

High court reverses termination of father’s parental rights

Olivia Covington
A Montgomery County father’s parental rights have been restored after the Indiana Supreme Court held Friday that lower courts erred in granting and affirming the Department of Child Services’ petition to terminate them.More.

AG: ‘Can you hear me?’ scam calls proliferate

Complaints are soaring about telephone scammers who call and ask “Can you hear me?” to get a recipient to simply say “yes.”More.

In This Issue

FEB. 8-21, 2017
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The pace of attorneys jumping from one firm to another has been strong, and may even accelerate this year, according to a recent report. After losing the founder of a legal tech startup and a sales rep in a car accident last year, Case Pacer is focusing on growing the business. The Indiana Court of Appeals heard arguments in two medical malpractice cases that ask the same question: Can new evidence or theories be presented at trial that weren't presented to the medical review panel?

Top Stories

Lateral hiring up

The pace of attorneys jumping from one firm to another is expected to continue this year.More.

Asian attorneys less represented in Indianapolis than nationwide

In the post-recession economy, Asians were the only minority group to experience constant growth in partner and associate positions at large law firms each year, while black and Hispanic attorneys followed a roller coaster-like cycle of growth and decline. However, the situation is less promising for Asian attorneys in Indianapolis.More.

Jury still out if Marion County courts will go to new jail location

The Indianapolis judges will decide by May 1 if their future venue will be at new justice center a few miles outside of downtown.More.

Indiana Bar Foundation gets help in Statehouse

A Barnes & Thornburg lobbyist is advocating for the organization as well as promoting access to justice.More.

Birth certificate battle moves to 7th Circuit

The new Indiana administration does not want to recognize non-birth mothers as parents.More.

COA considers new allegations in medical malpractice cases

Can parties present evidence or theories at trial that were not presented to the medical review panel?More.

State immigration lawyers say clients fearful amid Trump orders

Indiana immigration attorneys and their clients face uncertainty after President Donald Trump issued executive orders in his first week banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, suspending refugee resettlement programs and stepping up domestic enforcement.More.

Hoosier attorneys travel to Rwanda on legal mission trip

A group of Indianapolis attorneys, determined to provide support to their African counterparts, traveled to Rwanda in late January to get a firsthand look at what it means to be an attorney in a country filled with blatant corruption and intentional oppression.More.

Lawyers who sought to destroy stored newborn samples vow to keep up fight

The Indiana State Department of Health says it holds 2.2 million records on paper and in database regarding the newborn blood samples.More.


After heartbreak, tech startup maintains focus on case management software

Case Pacer, launched in 2013, continues to move forward and grow after the death of its founder, Kevin McCarthy and sales representative, Casey Speckman, in an car crash last year. It expects to double in size within the next year.More.

Borissov: Broadband access in rural areas and mandatory e-filing

Would I welcome mandatory e-filing with such open arms if I practiced in a small town or rural area in Indiana, as many of our distinguished colleagues do, where access to broadband is limited?More.


BGBC: A closer look at the GOP proposal for corporate tax reform

The Republican blueprint believes that the current corporate tax structure encourages businesses to move money overseas.More.

Hammerle on ... '20th Century Women,' Tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, John Hurt and Barbara Hale

Bob Hammerle wanted "20th Century Women" to be a better movie than it was.More.

Indiana Judges Association: Presidential inaugurations show judicial power

United States Chef Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office for President Donald Trump on Jan. 20. There is no law or provision indicating who shall give the presidential oath.More.

In Brief

Hearing officer urges reprimand for Johnson County prosecutor

The Indiana Supreme Court should limit its discipline of Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper to a public reprimand, the hearing officer presiding over his case recommends.More.

Man's conviction for 1989 rape vacated

A Lake Superior Court has vacated the conviction and dismissed the charges against a Gary man who was wrongly punished for a 1989 rape and served his full sentence.More.

Marion County judicial selection bill clears House

The Indiana House Thursday passed a bill creating a unique judicial-selection commission that gives lawmakers and Marion County political party leaders a majority of seats at the table. The bill has been heavily criticized by Indianapolis’ minority lawmakers and others.More.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions - Jan. 18-31, 2017

Read recent appellate court 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 - 2/8/17

Read who was recently suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court.More.

Bar Associations

DTCI: Thanks and Welcome

DTCI members have now received the current issue of the Indiana Civil Litigation Review. Thanks are due the entire board of editors.More.

IndyBar: Straight Talk from the Statehouse Lawyer-Legislator Program Feb. 15

Hear an update on pending legislation and get to know Indiana legislators at the IndyBar’s 11th annual gathering of the bar and Indiana lawyer legislators, hosted by the bar’s Legislative Committee. Attorneys who are state senators and representatives will lead a lively discussion during the luncheon on Wednesday, February 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Skyline Club.More.

IndyBar Releases Statement Following Justice Center Site Selection

On Tuesday, January 31, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the site selection for the city’s new justice center complex. The IndyBar, through its Justice Center Task Force, released the following statement.More.

IndyBar: Around the Bar

IndyBar Bar Leader Series alumni and current series participants teamed up on Tuesday, January 17, for a service event at Gleaners Food Bank.More.

IndyBar Frontlines - 2/8/17

News from around the bar!More.

Ricafort: Crafting a Plan for the Future

The Indianapolis Bar Association has long supported merit selection for our local judges and we have thoroughly weighed the concern that a merit-selection system would minimize or eliminate diversity in the judicial branch.More.

DTCI: Medical malpractice and summary judgment

Are recent appellate court decisions raising the evidentiary threshold for health care defendants?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.

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.

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.

Teaming up for change

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

Aiming for exoneration

Inmate awaits court hearingMore.

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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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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Indiana Supreme Court
In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of Bi.B. And Br.B, D.B. and V.G. v. Indiana Department of Child Services
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Reverses the trial court’s decision to terminate D.B.’s parental rights to his daughters, Bi.B. and Br.B. Finds the Department of Child Services failed to allege the one of the statutorily required three waiting periods for terminating parental rights that had, in fact, passed – the father’s daughters had been removed from him for at least six months under a dispositional decree. Also finds that DCS failed to prove the other two waiting periods applied to its petition.
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