JennyMontgomery

Jenny Montgomery joined the Indiana Lawyer staff in 2011. She covers law schools, bar associations, pro bono and social justice issues. She also writes about what lawyers do in their spare time.

A freelance writer since 2001, Montgomery has written for Indianapolis magazines and was part of small pool of freelancers for a California-based company that provides health and wellness articles for websites nationwide. Montgomery also covered arts and culture for the Indianapolis office of The Associated Press.

She received several statewide awards for reporting while studying journalism at Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis, where she was the editor of the college newspaper. While a student at IUPUI, she studied war reporting during an intensive two-week program in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Montgomery lives just east of downtown Indianapolis, with her husband and pets. A fitness buff, Montgomery is a volunteer conditioning and strategy coach for a local sports team.

Recent Articles

MCBA puts renewed focus on diversity

July 18, 2012
TaKeena Thompson, president of the Marion County Bar Association, wants lawyers to know that the MCBA is just as important today as it was when it was founded in 1925.
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Lawyers relax and find camaraderie in softball league of their own

July 4, 2012
The Lawyer League softball is an annual summertime league in Indianapolis that's been around for more than 30 years.
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Lawyer-pilot named Aviator of the Year

June 20, 2012
Rod Taylor's charitable efforts have raised millions for one Indiana hospital.
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Filial statutes create questions about duty to support

June 20, 2012
A recent Pennsylvania court decision has spurred discussion among elder law attorneys about when an adult child may be found financially responsible for a parent’s long-term medical care.
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Indiana's texting ban difficult to enforce

June 20, 2012
Police have issued few citations to motorists during the statute's first year and there are questions whether the law is a deterrent.
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Supreme Court denies transfer to 2 cases

June 19, 2012
The Indiana Supreme Court denied transfer to two cases for the week ending June 15.
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Plaintiffs fail to prove NCAA violated Sherman Act

June 18, 2012
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a District Court in dismissing a lawsuit two former college athletes brought against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
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Wal-Mart did not discriminate against pregnant employee, 7th Circuit rules

June 12, 2012
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held that a woman failed to prove her claims of discrimination, retaliation and other complaints against her former employer.
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7th Circuit affirms District Court in mortgage dispute

June 11, 2012
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held that financier Morgan Stanley acted lawfully when selling a loan to another party.
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COA: Sex offender registration statute not unconstitutional

June 11, 2012
The Indiana Court of Appeals held that a man who was convicted of violating requirements of the Indiana sex offender registry statute failed to show evidence of ex post facto law.
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Recent Blog Posts

Commission irons out details in half-day meeting

November 18, 2011
The Legislature’s Criminal Code Evaluation Commission met Thursday. If you missed the three-and-a-half hour meeting, read on to find out what happened.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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