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Tax Court delays add years to cases

A recent report urges reforms after a study finds criticism among practitioners of long wait times for resolution of cases.More.

7th Circuit tosses would-be revolutionary's suit against Indiana bar03:41 pm

Scott Roberts
A man who challenged an Indiana Board of Law Examiners rule prohibiting a person “who advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or this state by force, violence or other unconstitutional or illegal means” lost Friday in the 7th Circuit of Appeals.More.

Gregg wants review of vaping law; Senate leaders already taking look02:57 pm

Hayleigh Colombo
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg said, if elected, he would seek to change new laws governing the e-cigarette liquid industry, which some vaping retailers and manufacturers have called monopolistic and corrupt.More.

Maryland public defender arrested for DUI, assault on cop02:44 pm

A public defender in Annapolis, Maryland has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and kneeing an arresting officer in the groin.More.

In This Issue

JUNE 15-28, 2016
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Lawyers who practice before Indiana’s Tax Court see big problems as the median time for cases to be decided increased from about one year to almost 2.6 years since 2011. The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether records of civil forfeiture can be expunged. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is considering a proposed rule change that would mandate attorneys provide pro bono representation.

Top Stories

Tax Court delays add years to cases

A recent report urges reforms after a study finds criticism among practitioners of long wait times for resolution of cases.More.

Southern District proposes mandatory pro bono program

Flooded by pro se litigants and under pressure from the appellate circuit to provide attorneys, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is proposing the adoption of a mandatory pro bono program to supplement its volunteer pool.More.

New Coalition for Court Access aims to improve delivery of civil legal services

After establishing three committees to tackle the persistent problem of unrepresented litigants trying to maneuver their way through the state’s judicial system, the Indiana Supreme Court has decided to start over.More.

Sedia’s poetry provides appealing creative outlet

You may not know it, but Adam Sedia’s a poet.More.

Can records of civil forfeitures be expunged?

The Indiana Supreme Court is considering whether files on property judgments "relate to the person’s felony conviction."More.

Phishing for your firm’s money

Scams targeting companies are become more high-tech, polished, and grammatically correct.More.

Making an impact with justice in mind

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s grant program aids legal-related projects.More.

Indiana fights discrimination ruling against trial court

A federal court ruling that a Marion County court discriminated against a deaf man who was denied an interpreter for his court-ordered mediation is being appealed by the state, which argues he lacked standing to bring the suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act and state courts should be immune from such judgments.More.


Indianapolis personal injury firm boasts 5 ITLA presidents, 4 related

Serving in the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association is more than a professional interest for the Indianapolis personal injury firm of Young & Young. It’s in the blood of the sons that carry on the tradition of one of the ITLA’s 10 founding members.More.

Staging CLEs with a trial lawyer focus

Indiana Trial Lawyers Association program planners tout mix of top national and state attorney presenters.More.

Ulmer, Limontes receive top annual ITLA awards

The awards were handed out in May at the 28th Lifetime Achievement Seminar Awards luncheon.More.


Jerrells: Thoughts on the Ad Hoc Tax Court Task Force report

Though naysayers may decry the costs of adding a magistrate, two additional judges, or both, it would be a small cost to avoid justice delayed and, therefore, justice denied.More.

Hammerle on…'Me Before You,' 'Love & Friendship'

Bob Hammerle says "Love & Friendship" defines why people like him love movies.More.

Technology Untangled: Some thoughts on email security and encryption

Email security is about more than just keeping attachments secure until they reach the intended destination. There is also the concern about who may be looking at the body of your transmissions along the way.More.

DTCI: Experience New England in the fall with defense colleagues

My dear defense lawyer colleagues, it is time to plan to attend the Defense Research Institute 2016 Annual Meeting!More.

Quick: Showcase your face in internet videos to attract new clients

More law firms are spending more of their marketing dollars on web-based online videos instead of traditional television advertising. Done right, this strategy can actually save you a ton of money and be more effective as you can really target your customers wherever they are.More.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions - May 24 – June 7, 2016

Read summaries of recent appellate decisions.More.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions - 6/15/16

Read who's been suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court.More.

Bar Associations

Moberly: A Quarter-Century In, She’s A Legend for a Lifetime

Well, I can tell you about one person who has worked at the same place for 25 years—our Executive Director, Julie Armstrong.More.

IndyBar: Get on Board! Nominations Open for 2017 Board of Directors

The nominations for The IndyBar’s 2017 Board of Directors are now open, and it’s up to you to help determine the future of your local bar association! Several positions, noted below, will be available in 2017.More.

IndyBar: Deadline Approaching for 2016 Impact Fund Grant

Through the Impact Fund, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation works to these bring important and impactful projects to life.More.

IndyBar: Stock the Schools and Help Local Kids

Bring your lightly-used or no longer needed office supplies like folders, notepads, pens, art supplies and more to Monument Circle on July 20 and you’ll not only clear out your own clutter—you’ll help teachers working hard to educate our local schoolchildren.More.

IndyBar: Meet Antoinette Dakin Leach

To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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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  1. Thanks for this article. We live in Evansville, IN and are aware of how bad the child abuse is here. Can you please send us the statistics for here in Vanderburgh, County. Our web site is: Thanks again

  2. This ruling has no application to Indiana. The tail end of the article is misleading where it states criminal penalties await those who refuse a test. This is false. An administrative license suspension is what awaits you. No more, no less.

  3. Yellow journalism much??? "The outcome underscores that the direction of U.S. immigration policy will be determined in large part by this fall's presidential election, a campaign in which immigration already has played an outsized role." OUTSIZED? by whose standards? Also this: "In either case, legal challenges to executive action under her administration would come to a court that would have a majority of Democratic-appointed justices and, in all likelihood, give efforts to help immigrants a friendlier reception." Ah, also, did you forget an adjective at the *** marks ahead by any chance? Thinking of one that rhymes with bald eagle? " In either case, legal challenges to executive action under her administration would come to a court that would have a majority of Democratic-appointed justices and, in all likelihood, give efforts to help *** immigrants a friendlier reception."

  4. Definition of furnish. : to provide (a room or building) with furniture. : to supply or give (something) to someone or something. : to supply or give to (someone) something that is needed or wanted. Judge Kincaid: if furnish means provide, and the constitution says the provider in a uni is the township, how on earth are they seperated??

  5. I never filed a law suite. I had no money for a lawyer. In 2010 I presented for MRI/with contrast. The technician stuck my left arm three times with needle to inject dye. I was w/out O2 for two minutes, not breathing, no ambulance was called. I suffered an Embolism ,Myocardia infarction. Permanent memory loss, heart damage. After the event, I could not remember what I did five seconds earlier. I had no-one to help me. I lost my dental hygiene career, been homeless, etc.