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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Fort Wayne's Fred Beckman remembered as ‘excellent attorney’

July 19, 2017
The Fort Wayne legal community is remembering Frederick A. Beckman as a kind attorney who had a sharp mind and a nickname for everyone.
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Young, Donnelly indicate support for legal-aid funding

July 18, 2017
With the budget looming on the agenda of the U.S. Senate, Indiana’s two senators are both supportive of federal funding for legal aid, but neither are putting any dollar amount to their support.
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DOJ gets delay in Marion County immigration case

July 17, 2017
An agreement that would have prevented the Marion County Sheriff’s Department from detaining immigrants for the U.S. government is on hold after a federal judge gave the U.S. Department of Justice time to consider whether it wants to intervene in the case.
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Nominees selected for U.S. attorney in Indiana

July 14, 2017
In its latest round of nominations for U.S. attorney candidates announced today, the White House has tapped the current interim U.S. Attorney for the Southern Indiana District and a litigator based in Chicago for the Northern District of Indiana.
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No Hoosiers in recent round of judicial nominees

July 14, 2017
Of the 11 nominees tapped Thursday by the White House to fill vacancies on federal district courts, none were for the open seats in Indiana.
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Agreement stops Marion County Sheriff from holding immigrants for ICE

July 12, 2017
An agreement between the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis will stop the Marion County Sheriff’s Department from detaining immigrants for the federal government.
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Updated law provides more protection for abandoned medical records

July 12, 2017
Indiana already had a statute covering abandoned medical records, but Senate Enrolled Act 549, which sailed through the Statehouse during the 2017 session, updated the law. The new provisions expanded the definition of “abandoned,” added language requiring database owners to safeguard the medical information stored in their systems, and gave the Indiana Attorney General the power to recover the costs of protecting the discarded health records.
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Bamberger merger is Indiana’s first in 2017

July 12, 2017
In the first merger involving an Indiana firm in 2017, Evansville-based Bamberger Foreman Oswald & Hahn LLP will provide a stronger foothold in the Hoosier state to a Kentucky regional law practice and, in return, will gain a deeper bench of expertise to serve its clients.
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Law students and inmates learn from each other at IU McKinney’s ‘Inside-Out’ course

July 12, 2017
The IU McKinney course is based on the national Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program that was developed in the 1990s at Temple University. With classes now taught around the world, the program calls for outside students (typically at the undergraduate or graduate levels) to join inside students (the inmates) at a prison to discuss issues related to criminal justice.
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Indiana Tech disperses books from law library

July 11, 2017
A bulk of the books from the law library at the defunct Indiana Tech Law School are finding a new home at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, while other volumes are going elsewhere.
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