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JUNE 14-27, 2017
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Four lawyers and a businessman walk into a bar…and begin distilling, bottling and selling their own artisan liquor. The $25 million settlement in the case involving a wrongly prosecuted case is the larest payment of its kind in state history. Attorneys are encouraged to practice "active relaxtion" to better their mental health.

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4 lawyers and a businessman walk into a bar…

... and begin distilling, bottling and selling their own artisan liquor.

State’s $25 million payout in DCS abuses case is the largest ever of its kind

The Indiana attorney general and Department of Child Services’ decision to settle a lawsuit brought by a wrongly prosecuted family yielded the largest payment of its type in state history.

Holcomb praises justice pick's 'sharp legal mind'

A rural Indiana judge with more than a decade of experience on a trial court bench has been selected as Indiana’s 110th Supreme Court justice.

Attorneys encouraged to practice ‘active relaxation’ outside work

After a long day of briefs, arguments and client meetings, attorneys might be tempted to go home and relax on the couch. But according to mental health experts, spending evenings in front of the television might not be that relaxing for those who want to fully escape the pressures of work.

Indiana joins ABA’s portal offering free legal advice

In recent months, the Indiana resource transitioned from being a stand-alone website that the Indiana Bar Foundation operated to becoming a part of the American Bar Association’s online portal, Currently, the bar foundation is reintroducing the website — — to attorneys around the state.

ABA president touts resources for Indiana solo, small firms

President Linda Klein also encouraged advocacy for legal aide services while at the Indiana State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference.

Experts say Court of Appeals ruling leaves death penalty in limbo

Legal experts from Indiana’s law schools said the decision casts uncertainty on the death penalty going forward, though they said by no means is the court’s ruling a moratorium on future executions.

Indiana Supreme Court offices on the move

Indiana’s restructured Office of Judicial Administration will get new digs at a lower cost later this year, officials said.


Leading the way at ITLA

New Indiana Trial Lawyers Association President Dan Chamberlain recently answered some questions about himself and his plans for his year as president, which began in May with a passing of the gavel from Past President John Young.

Women, young attorneys raise their profiles in ITLA

Caucus leaders say serving the community is a vital role for trial lawyers.


Lindman: Determining where to incorporate after TC Heartland

Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States made the problem of deciding where to incorporate a little more complicated. Sure, your client could still choose Delaware for its well-developed business laws. But how does Delaware stack up in patent litigation?

Technology Untangled: Fujitsu document scanner is ideal small law office tool

I searched Amazon for Fujitsu scanners and was pleased to see that the ScanSnap iX500 is the Amazon Number One Best Seller in computer scanners.

Hammerle on... 'Wonder Woman,' 'Churchill'

Bob Hammerle says "Wonder Woman" is a special film that should not be missed.

DTCI: DRI is the voice of the defense bar

DRI provides its members with wonderful opportunities to better their practices, increase their client base, and, most important, make lasting professional and personal relationships.

Ira: The future of cyber liability in Indiana

There is no shortage of headlines reporting on major data security breaches across the United States. It is no surprise that the wheels of justice have turned slowly in defining the scope and extent of liability for data security breaches.

Eye on the Profession: Attorneys, change is here but you will eventually like it

I was at a bar association meeting within the last week that had a cross-section of lawyers of all ages and practice areas. There was one overriding theme of the conversations among the lawyers in attendance: They were hating change.

In Brief

Notre Dame law clinic employee accused of embezzlement

An employee of the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center has been charged with 11 felony counts relating to what the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office says is a seven-year-long racketeering scheme in which the university found more than $199,000 was stolen.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions - May 23-June 6, 2017

Read recent appellate decisions.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions - 6/14/17

Read recent disciplinary actions.

Bar Associations

IndyBar: When Crowdfunding Works Best

At the highest level, I want to suggest that investment crowdfunding today has its best chance for success in: (1) real estate placements, and (2) in second round deals that have been successful in attracting venture capital or angel investment already in moving their capital advancement forward.

IndyBar: 2017 'Suited Up' a Resounding Success

The Indianapolis Bar Association, partnering with Starfish Initiative, hosted the second annual Suited Up “Senior Send-Off” event on Wednesday, May 10.

IndyBar: Building More Than Muscle: Mottos Applied To Practice

As members of the Indiana Bar, we can all use the following fitness-related mottos to guide how we shape our practice, represent our clients, and tackle difficult situations on a daily basis.

Nissa's News - 6/14/17

What you need to know about the IndyBar.

IndyBar: Meet Antoinette Dakin Leach

To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.
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  1. Unlike the federal judge who refused to protect me, the Virginia State Bar gave me a hearing. After the hearing, the Virginia State Bar refused to discipline me. VSB said that attacking me with the court ADA coordinator had, " all the grace and charm of a drive-by shooting." One does wonder why the VSB was able to have a hearing and come to that conclusion, but the federal judge in Indiana slammed the door of the courthouse in my face.

  2. I agree. My husband has almost the exact same situation. Age states and all.

  3. Thanks Jim. We surprised ourselves with the first album, so we did a second one. We are releasing it 6/30/17 at the HiFi. The reviews so far are amazing! Skope Mag: It’s Just Craig offers a warm intimacy with the tender folk of “Dark Corners”. Rather lovely in execution, It’s Just Craig opts for a full, rich sound. Quite ornate instrumentally, the songs unfurl with such grace and style. Everything about the album feels real and fully lived. By far the highlight of the album are the soft smooth reassuring vocals whose highly articulate lyrics have a dreamy quality to them. Stories emerge out of these small snapshots of reflective moments.... A wide variety of styles are utilized, with folk anchoring it but allowing for chamber pop, soundtrack work, and found electronics filtering their way into the mix. Without a word, It’s Just Craig sets the tone of the album with the warble of “Intro”. From there things get truly started with the hush of “Go”. Building up into a great structure, “Go” has a kindness to it. Organs glisten in the distance on the fragile textures of “Alone” whose light melody adds to the song’s gorgeousness. A wonderful bloom of color defines the spaciousness of “Captain”. Infectious grooves take hold on the otherworldly origins of “Goodnight” with precise drum work giving the song a jazzy feeling. Hazy to its very core is the tragedy of “Leaving Now”. By far the highlight of the album comes with the closing impassioned “Thirty-Nine” where many layers of sound work together possessing a poetic quality.

  4. Andrew, if what you report is true, then it certainly is newsworthy. If what you report is false, then it certainly is newsworthy. Any journalists reading along??? And that same Coordinator blew me up real good as well, even destroying evidence to get the ordered wetwork done. There is a story here, if any have the moxie to go for it. Search ADA here for just some of my experiences with the court's junk yard dog. Yep, drive by shootings. The lawyers of the Old Dominion got that right. Career executions lacking any real semblance of due process. It is the ISC way ... under the bad shepard's leadership ... and a compliant, silent, boot-licking fifth estate.

  5. Journalism may just be asleep. I pray this editorial is more than just a passing toss and turn. Indiana's old boy system of ruling over attorneys is cultish. Unmask them oh guardians of democracy.