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.

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Complaint alleges misappropriation of civil forfeiture proceeds

February 10, 2016
Charging Indianapolis law enforcement is illegally keeping millions of dollars from civil forfeitures, a national legal organization filed a complaint Wednesday in Marion Superior Court to stop the flow of proceeds into city coffers.
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Taking a 'side step' in the legal profession

February 10, 2016
From her desk, Elizabeth Ellis watched the attorneys in her office work and realized as many other paralegals have – I can do that.
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Treatment of mentally ill prisoners changing

February 10, 2016
After more than seven years of litigation, the Indiana Department of Correction is instituting major changes by providing treatment and mostly eliminating solitary confinement for severally mentally ill prisoners.
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Hoosier roots still strong for D.C. Circuit jurist

February 10, 2016
Judge Robert Wilkins returns to Indiana for a Black History Month celebration in the Southern District of Indiana.
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Former foes support Indiana lawsuit funding bills

February 10, 2016
Harsh regulations in other states are inducing the legal financing industry to compromise.
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Magistrate Judge Hussmann turns in gavel but plans to keep working

February 10, 2016
On Jan. 31, Magistrate Judge William Hussmann Jr. raced his administrative assistant, Shelly James, to the office door. After nearly 28 years, the pair retired together from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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7th Circuit disagrees with ALJ that woman is able to work

February 9, 2016
In vacating the denial of an application for Social Security disability benefits, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals admonished the administrative law judge for giving more weight to the opinion of the non-examining physician than to the diagnosis of the doctors who have been treating the applicant.
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Hoosier’s quest to reach public road ends at 7th Circuit

February 9, 2016
The owner of a piece of southern Indiana property who could not reach his land because neighbors would not permit him to drive across their properties has lost his attempt to get to a main road.
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Inaccurate property description does not render mortgage invalid

February 9, 2016
Despite errors, a mortgage still contained a “facially valid” description and the mortgage holder was protected from foreclosure.
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Decision against trying to bifurcate did not prejudice jury

February 8, 2016
Refusing to second-guess trial strategy, the Indiana Court of Appeals found an East Chicago man did not meet his burden to prove he had ineffective counsel.
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