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Courier deliveries diminishing with e-filing

Courier services, once vital for law firms, are adapting to e-filing by offering different services.More.

Trump said to hire longtime lawyer Kasowitz for Russia probe01:30 pm

President Donald Trump has hired one of his longtime lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, to help guide him through potentially wide-ranging probes of his campaign and Russian interference in the election, according to a person familiar with the matter.More.

Indiana mayors push Congress to keep funding block grants11:39 am

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is scheduled to speak to congressional members this afternoon in support of continued funding for Community Development Block Grants.More.

Supreme Court declines cases involving RFRA as a tax defense11:07 am

The Indiana Supreme Court won't take up a case involving an Indianapolis man who tried to use the state's religious objections law as a defense for not paying his state taxes.More.

In This Issue

MAY 17-30, 2017
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The local chapter of Chiefs in Intellectual Property (ChIPS), launched by three central Indiana women IP attorneys, is the first in the Midwest and will bring in women from a different technology sector than what is present on the East and West coasts. Law firms and attorney are seeing the value in increasing business development efforts to attract new clients. The advent of e-filing has led couriers to alter the services they offer since they no longer need to rush to the courthouse each day.

Top Stories

Law firms increasing emphasis on business development

In today’s legal market, it’s not enough for attorneys to be knowledgeable of the law — they must also be knowledgeable in the world of sales.More.

Women IP attorneys launch central Indiana chapter of ChIPS, one of first in Midwest

At a kickoff reception April 27, about 30 women came together to network and participate in a panel discussion examining the careers of women in IP. ChIPS co-founder Emily Ward, CEO of Calla Nava and alumnae of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, was the featured guest.More.

Rucker retires after 26 years on appellate bench

Ask a member of the Indiana judiciary to describe former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker, and you’ll get answers such as “empathetic” or “compassionate.” And those who sat on either side of Rucker during his nearly 18 years on the state’s highest bench say the now-retired justice never let his sense of humanity outweigh the rule of law.More.

Holcomb’s executive order expected to 'ban the box' in state job applications

A bill prohibiting communities from enacting their own ban the box ordinances stirred divisions in the Indiana Legislature with supporters arguing for employers’ rights and opponents citing the need for individuals to have equal opportunities for jobs. However, when Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his intention to sign Senate Enrolled Act 312, he brought some rare unity between the two sides. Along with enacting the new law, the governor also said he would sign an executive order that will essentially ban the box for state agencies.More.

Common Cause, NAACP sue over Marion County early voting

Marion County’s single location for early voting provides unequal access to the ballot, argues a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by Common Cause and the NAACP. Plaintiffs in the case allege Indianapolis’ sole early voting precinct is discriminatory and constitutes voter suppression.More.

Character better predictor of lawyering success, panel says

Although Rebecca Love Kourlis sees more collaboration than in the past, she said the gap between the skills the legal profession needs in today’s market and the attorneys law schools are producing is not only widening but will be difficult for legal education to overcome.More.

With aid from legal community, juvenile dog-training effort offers many rewards

Superintendent Terrance Asante-Doyle has witnessed what happens when his charges at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center get to offer obedience training to dogs from Indianapolis Animal Care, who, like them, are often victims of abuse, exploitation or neglect.More.

Kagan: Supreme Court did ‘pretty darn well’ with just 8 justices

During the 419 days the Supreme Court operated with an even number on the bench, the eight justices worked to find common ground so the court could issue majority opinions. Justice Elena Kagan said she and her colleagues learned to keep talking, listening and persuading as well as being open to persuasion.More.


Courier deliveries diminishing with e-filing

Courier services, once vital for law firms, are adapting to e-filing by offering different services.More.

Judgment by algorithm

Risk assessment tools are raising concerns about accuracy and constitutional violations.More.

Schocke: Tech saves money, attracts talent, keeps employees happy

Although legal research has become more efficient, most attorneys still work in the traditional office while sitting at a desk. However, with tools like widespread broadband access, videoconferencing and file sharing systems, it begs the question as to whether the large office footprints and office settings are truly necessary to achieve success.More.

Cunningham: 5 tips to survive a Daubert challenge  

The Daubert standard is one area of the law that concerns attorneys and financial damages experts alike. For a financial expert, no other measure in the federal court system goes to the core of a financial expert’s competence and thoroughness in his or her work product like the Daubert standard. For a trial attorney, a case can often be jeopardized if a Daubert challenge to an expert is successful.More.


DTCI: Corporate, in-house counsel tell why they belong to DTCI

To all corporate counsel and in-house counsel (as well as all defense trial counsel): Please consider joining DTCI if you are not already a member and attending DTCI programming, starting with the 50th anniversary annual conference in November.More.

Start Page: Microsoft Word for lawyers: Give me a (section) break

This article will show you how to apply two types of page numbering in one document. Future articles will build on this skill to help you craft complex Microsoft Word documents.More.

Indiana Judges Association: Justice Rucker: A lifetime of substantial justice

Justice Rucker showed there are ways a court can be sympathetic without the benefit of law or procedure and benefit a party even when they don’t “win.”More.

Hammerle on ...'Their Finest,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

Bob Hammerle says "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2." is an enchanting film not to be missed.More.

In Brief

Judge approves $227M in FedEx driver suit settlements

FedEx Corp. will pay more than $227 million to settle some of the long-running lawsuits brought by drivers in Indiana and 18 others states who claim they were undercompensated because the company classified them as independent contractors rather than full-time workers.More.

Indiana women trial lawyers preparing for Congressional push

A contingent of Indiana female trial lawyers will head to Washington, D.C., this month to participate in the 20th anniversary of the American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus lobby day.More.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions – April 26-May 9, 2017

Read recent appellate court decisions.More.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions -5/17/17

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

Bar Associations

IndyBar: Volunteers Deliver Free Wills, Peace of Mind at Pro Bono Clinic

Low-income individuals are more likely to die younger and without wills or advance directives in place, but an Indianapolis Bar Association program on Wednesday, May 10 provided qualified community members with these vital documents for free in just one day.More.

IndyBar: Bar Leader Series Class XIV Demonstrates Leadership in Action

Throughout the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series, the importance of motivating, inspiring and leading for the benefit of the profession and community is emphasized at every turn.More.

IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Awards Academic and Educational Scholarships

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation recently awarded three academic and three educational scholarships to deserving law students and recent graduates preparing to take the Indiana Bar Exam in an effort to fulfill its mission.More.

IndyBar: A Roadmap to Professionalism: Just Follow the Five C’s!

The Indianapolis Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism strives to improve public confidence and trust in lawyers. For 2017, the Professionalism Committee has adopted as its organizing principles the Five C’s.More.

IndyBar Frontlines -5/17/17

Read news from around the IndyBar!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.

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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Opinions May 23, 2017

The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline Monday:
Chijioke B. Ben-Yisrayl v. Ron Neal
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Civil. Affirms the district court’s denial of Chijioke B. Ben-Yisrayl’s petition for habeas relief. Finds Ben-Yisrayl did not raise a claim of ineffective assistance of resentencing counsel in his habeas petition, and his failure to do so is a waiver.More.
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  1. As one of the many consumers affected by this breach, I found my bank data had been lifted and used to buy over $200 of various merchandise in New York. I did a pretty good job of tracing the purchases to stores around a college campus just from the info on my bank statement. Hm. Mr. Hill, I would like my $200 back! It doesn't belong to the state, in my opinion. Give it back to the consumers affected. I had to freeze my credit and take out data protection, order a new debit card and wait until it arrived. I deserve something for my trouble!

  2. Before, during, and after my federal jury trial before former US District Court Judge David Hamilton, my civil rights were violated by the judge, my worthless public defenders, and my post conviction attorney. I WAS NOT allowed to have discovery before the jury trial. Public Defender Bill Marsh and Jim McKinley repeatedly told me, "We don't do discovery. All discovery is at trial." At my trial, I wasn't allowed to have witnesses, and expert witnesses. Also, I wasn't allowed to use my private attorneys. The judge refused to let me use my private attorneys. I wasn't allowed discovery and evidence at my trial to support my testimony, and refute the govt's witnesses' false testimony. The judge allowed the first AUSA to read the charges against me that took up 8 pages of transcripts. Then the judge allowed the 2nd AUSA have their opening statement against me, which only took up 2 pages of transcript. After my wrongful conviction, I fired the PDs and hired new legal counsel. Within one week the judge telephoned my attorney and threatened him [extortion] by saying, "You're not to try to re-try this case at the sentencing hearing, are you?" I was wrongfully sentenced to 60 months when the statutory maximum under 33 USC 1319 c 4 is only two years. While in Federal custody, I hired another attorney who hired a forensic computer specialist. These persons proved via a Rule 33b motion under Newly Discovered Evidence that the "spreadsheets" used against me at trial WERE NOT on my company's computers or server, vs the govt's witness' testimony that she made them on her computer then sent and handed them to me. This should have overturned my conviction. These "spreadsheets" suddenly appeared just the day before my trial began. The judge refused to allow me to hire a forensic computer specialist to review my company's computer and server to later verify and testify the spreadsheets were fake. Under her earlier subpoena, she had refused to turne in the allegedl "real" spreadsheets to two years earlier. WHY? Because they didn't exist. She made them to bolster her testimony to protect herself. She told me about one year before the trial that she was promised a job with teh City of Terre Haute, IN if she kept her mouth shut about the burglaries at my company, carried out by the Terre Haute govt employees who wanted my valuable 65-acre downtown riverfront property to build their new sewage plant with the under the table expectation to make money from kickbacks. I know this will probably be deleted, but maybe someone will forward this to the FBI so they can investigation municipal corruption. Don't believe me? I have dozens of witnesses and evidence proving everything. I will not stop until these thugs are brought to justice so they can suffer as my family [wife and 4 children] have suffered.

  3. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  4. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  5. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"