In This Issue

July 1-14, 2015
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Lawyers will have to file electronically in all Indiana state courts by the end of 2018, according to a plan overseen by Supreme Court Justice Steven David and Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias. Hamilton County will get the ball rolling in a few weeks. Local efforts to limit Fourth of July festivities fizzle because of state law. While it's now common at criminal trials, St. Joseph County obtained its first conviction using DNA evidence in 1992.

Top Stories

Drawing the line regarding bystanders

A moped fatality case before the Indiana Supreme Court tests who may press negligent infliction of emotional distress claims.

Most new Indiana laws effective July 1

Read about the new laws passed during the 2015 session.

Evolving science helps link defendants to crime

St. Joseph County obtained its first conviction using DNA evidence in 1992.

$6 million Indy jail fail

The city of Indianapolis spent more than $6 million on a justice center proposal that died last month on the floor of the City-County Council. Law firms collected nearly 80 percent of the total.

E-filing pilot begins in Indiana

Lawyers will have to file electronically in all Indiana state courts by the end of 2018, according to a plan overseen by Supreme Court Justice Steven David and Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias. Hamilton County will get the ball rolling in a few weeks.

MDL panel picks California for Anthem lawsuits

Indianapolis law firms that filed suit against the insurance giant after massive cyberbreach are surprised cases won’t be tried in Indiana

Local efforts to limit Fourth of July festivities fizzle

Not everyone is having a blast over the explosion of fireworks use in Indiana in recent years. But local attempts so far to curb the concussions have bombed.


Project targets elderly in high-conflict families

Steuben County is a test site for a new eldercaring coordination program.

Justices suspend lawyer who defrauded seniors of $19M

An Indianapolis lawyer who pleaded guilty more than six months ago to four felony counts of securities fraud from a Hamilton County real estate Ponzi scheme was suspended from the practice of law Thursday.


Hammerle on ...'Jurassic World,' 'Inside Out'

Bob Hammerle writes that "Jurassic World" poses a small, interesting questions for the obvious sequel. What if the U.S. could release Velociraptors of enemies like ISIS?

Start Page: Secure your life with a password manager

This article will offer some suggestions on how to protect yourself using a password manager.

In Brief

Comment sought on possible child support guideline changes

The Indiana Supreme Court is considering altering the child support guidelines, which provide a measure for determining the amount of child support each parents owes.

SCOTUS upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

The Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

The Supreme Court of the United States has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. The decision was 5-4.

Special Sections

Open House: Incorporating culture into design

The Indianapolis office of Quarles & Brady LLP is designed and decorated according to the idea that the most important conversations can happen outside the conference rooms and attorney offices.

Indiana Court Decisions: June 10 to 23, 2015

Read recent Indiana appellate court decisions.

On The Move

On the Move-7/1/15

Read who's joined a new firm.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions: 7/1/15

Read who's been disbarred by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Bar Associations

DTCI: Limiting the use of ‘subject to and without waiving’ objections

“Subject to and without waiving these objections” is a common phrase that I am sure most of us have used and encountered in discovery responses. Courts, however, are rejecting the phrase and holding that the responding party has waived any objections that may have been asserted. The reasoning makes sense and should encourage most of us to limit our use of the phrase whether we practice in state or federal court.

IndyBar: Deadline Approaching for 2015 Impact Fund Grant

For a non-profit organization, $35,000 can mean the difference between whether a program or initiative ever makes it to fruition or remains a dream—the difference between whether our neighbors receive the assistance they need or are left helpless—the difference between whether our city thrives or withers.

Trimble: Reflections on a ‘Family Reunion’: Bench Bar 2015

It was over as quickly as it started ... an overdose of food, fun, friends and education. For me, as IndyBar president this year, Bench Bar 2015 will long be etched in my memory. It was all I had hoped it might be and more.

IndyBar: Meet Antoinette Dakin Leach

In 1893, Antoinette Dakin Leach made history as the first woman to challenge a bar admission denial based on gender.

IndyBar: Clean Out Supply Closets and Stock the Schools

With over half of the children in Marion County unable to afford school lunch, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are little funds available for these students to purchase the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom
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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  5. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.