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. He TIL team,please zap this comment too since it was merely marking a scammer and not reflecting on the story. Thanks, happy Monday, keep up the fine work.

  2. You just need my social security number sent to your Gmail account to process then loan, right? Beware scammers indeed.

  3. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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