In This Issue

JAN. 11-24, 2017
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Thomas Pyrz, who has led the Indiana State Bar Association since Nov. 22, 1992, plans to retire at the end of 2017. Human trafficking is on the rise in Indiana, according to a report from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Critics are blasting Marion Superior judge selection bills, questioning the need for parity among the political parties on the bench.

Top Stories

Critics blast Marion County judge-selection proposals

Legislation assuring partisan balance on the bench has key stakeholder and lawmaker support.

Supreme Court, Legislature leave police body camera statute as is

Prosecutors say releasing police video will violate Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct.

Initiative leads to fewer juvenile delinquency filings

The number of youths finding themselves in the court system has been on a downward trend nationally and statewide, with the number of juvenile delinquency filings across Indiana steadily decreasing for the last decade.

Simon grant allows ILS to continue helping the homeless

The clinic at Horizon House provides advice and counsel to people most in need of legal assistance.

New ABA Blueprint tool designed to increase solo, small firm efficiency

The American Bar Associatin's Blueprint, an online legal tech marketplace tool, launched in November 2016 and is meant to enable attorneys working at solo and small firms to quickly and easily find legal technology that meets their firms’ needs.

Human trafficking on the rise in Indiana

The Indiana Attorney General Office’s 2016 Indiana State Report on Human Trafficking shows that in a span of just two years, the number of tips to the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans, or IPATH, task force about possible trafficking incidents quadrupled, up to 520 tips in 2016 from 130 in 2014.

Ice Miller attorney stepping away from practice to combat child exploitation

Seth Thomas is preparing to jump off what he calls the treadmill of private practice to help combat the “most horrific awful evil thing” — cybersex trafficking and online exploitation of children.

Pyrz begins his last year leading Indiana State Bar Association

Thomas Pyrz, who has led the ISBA since Nov. 22, 1992, plans to retire at the end of 2017. His nearly 25-year tenure has included hiring additional staff, launching new programs, and increasing the value of membership to counter attorneys’ shifting view of the association.

Focus

COA upholds child support order in peculiar case involving non-biological son

A divorce involving a troubled husband, unfaithful wife and a 12-year lie unraveled into a child support and paternity dispute that ended with a split Indiana Court of Appeals ordering the non-biological father to provide financial assistance. Any other ruling, the majority reasoned, would leave the minor without a dad.

Cassman: Proper notice in indirect civil contempt proceedings

Indirect civil contempt is the most common filing used to enforce family law orders. One of the typical defenses to an allegation of contempt is that the contempt allegations have not been properly pled. Both the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Court of Appeals have addressed the issue of notice in recent cases.

Ryznar: Another notable year for CHINS and parental rights cases

As Indiana continues to experience heightened levels of CHINS and termination of parental rights cases, several interesting cases arose in 2016 related to these topics.

Opinion

Hammerle on... 'Jackie,' 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

Bob Hammerle says "Rogue One" gets its strength from its characters, not its special effects.

Mental Fitness: I’m not scared of the bipolar stigma

In this article, you will learn a mental fitness exercise that only takes three minutes. But first, I will share my experience with asking the Indiana Judges Lawyers and Assistance Program for help in May 2015.

Living Fit: Past success can help you keep new year’s resolutions

It’s that time of year — making resolutions. I write about this topic every January, hoping that something I write this time will click with you to be the impetus you need to change the course of your health.

Examining Forensics: Making and questioning various e-discovery requests

Let’s look at pre-discovery, where you are formulating what types of files and data you are asking for, the format that you would like your deliverables in, as well as any dates or keywords relative to the case.

In Brief

Judge blocks Indiana’s attempt to limit birth certificate ruling

Indiana’s motion to alter the judgment allowing both females in a same-sex marriage to be listed on their child’s birth certificate was met with a sharp caution from the bench about re-litigating or attempting to limit the court’s order.

Ex-Supreme Court employee suing high court for discrimination, retaliation

A former Indiana Supreme Court employee is suing the state’s highest court for alleged ongoing disability discrimination and retaliatory actions.

Former ITT students seek creditor status in school's bankruptcy case

A group of former ITT Educational Services Inc. students are seeking legal recognition as creditors in ITT’s ongoing bankruptcy case.

Senior judge faces discipline for OWI

A senior judge and former Lake County magistrate is facing judicial discipline proceedings after pleading guilty in November to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Indianapolis doctor wins defamation judgment against CVS

An Indianapolis physician whose patients were told at multiple CVS pharmacies that their prescriptions couldn’t be filled because the doctor had been arrested or was suspected of running a pill mill won a defamation judgment against the drugstore chain.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions - Dec. 20, 2016-Jan. 3, 2017

Read recent appellate decisions.

On The Move

People on the Move

Read who's recently joined an Indiana firm, joined a board or honored for their work.

Bar Associations

Meet the 2017 DTCI board of directors

At the November annual meeting of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the following officers and directors were elected. They assumed office on Jan. 1, 2017.

IndyBar: Denise Hayden Receives 2016 Family Law Section Award

The IndyBar Family Law Section selected Denise Hayden of the Law Office of Jessica S. Lacy to receive the annual Family Law Section Award.

IndyBar: Pro Bono for Any Schedule

Volunteers are now being sought for three IndyBar pro bono programs that allow members to choose to dedicate just an hour or two or a longer-term commitment.

IndyBar: Let’s Get Suited Up!

‘Tis the season to clean out your closet! From IndyBar’s Law Student Division and Young Lawyers Division, it’s once again time to help get central Indiana students “Suited Up” for success.

New for 2017: Free Fridays at the IndyBar

Get more from your membership this year with Free Fridays at the IndyBar! We’ll be saving you time and money each month with these complimentary services. All offerings take place at the IndyBar office.
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  1. Im very happy for you, getting ready to go down that dirt road myself, and im praying for the same outcome, because it IS sometimes in the childs best interest to have visitation with grandparents. Thanks for sharing, needed to hear some positive posts for once.

  2. Been there 4 months with 1 paycheck what can i do

  3. our hoa has not communicated any thing that takes place in their "executive meetings" not executive session. They make decisions in these meetings, do not have an agenda, do not notify association memebers and do not keep general meetings minutes. They do not communicate info of any kind to the member, except annual meeting, nobody attends or votes because they think the board is self serving. They keep a deposit fee from club house rental for inspection after someone uses it, there is no inspection I know becausee I rented it, they did not disclose to members that board memebers would be keeping this money, I know it is only 10 dollars but still it is not their money, they hire from within the board for paid positions, no advertising and no request for bids from anyone else, I atteended last annual meeting, went into executive session to elect officers in that session the president brought up the motion to give the secretary a raise of course they all agreed they hired her in, then the minutes stated that a diffeerent board member motioned to give this raise. This board is very clickish and has done things anyway they pleased for over 5 years, what recourse to members have to make changes in the boards conduct

  4. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  5. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

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