MarilynOdendahl

Marilyn Odendahl covers the Indiana General Assembly as well as law schools and bar associations across the state for the Indiana Lawyer. Prior to joining the Indiana Lawyer, she was a reporter for nearly eight years at The Elkhart Truth, in Elkhart, Ind., where she primarily covered business. She holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Louisville.

Recent Articles

Legal Service Corp.’s Levi putting spotlight on crisis in legal aid

June 20, 2016
Emphasizing that legal aid is having to turn away half of those who ask for assistance, Legal Service Corp. board chair John Levi is pushing to raise public awareness and ultimately get more resources flowing to legal services for low-income individuals.
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Senate committee cautioned against trying to solve immigration headaches

June 16, 2016
Attorneys and business leaders repeatedly told state officials Wednesday that the immigration system is broken but the federal government, not Indiana, should make the repairs.
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Senate committee unanimously supports Ong nomination

June 16, 2016
Winfield Ong received the support of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. On a voice vote, the committee unanimously approved Ong’s nomination.
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Making an impact with justice in mind

June 15, 2016
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s grant program aids legal-related projects.
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Southern District proposes mandatory pro bono program

June 15, 2016
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.
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Can records of civil forfeitures be expunged?

June 15, 2016
The Indiana Supreme Court is considering whether files on property judgments "relate to the person’s felony conviction."
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New Coalition for Court Access aims to improve delivery of civil legal services

June 15, 2016
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.
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Senate immigration committee meeting to focus on economy

June 14, 2016
The Indiana Senate Select Committee on Immigration Issues, chaired by Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, will turn its attention to the impact of undocumented workers on Indiana’s economy during its meeting Wednesday.
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SCOTUS overturns infringement test for treble damages

June 13, 2016
In a consolidated case involving Indiana’s Zimmer Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court has tossed the standard test used to determine whether damages awarded in a patent infringement case should be tripled.
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ILS collaborates with East Chicago Housing Authority to help young adults

June 1, 2016
Starting this summer, Indiana Legal Services will partner with the East Chicago Housing Authority to help local youths who have criminal records overcome the barriers to jobs, housing and education.
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