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FEB. 22-MARCH 7, 2017
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For some firms, splitting office space and expenses is a best practice. There's been no slowdown in the number of expungement petitions filed around the state, more than three years after the law took effect. Lawmakers are looking at an anti-indemnification bill regarding lawyers and legal malpractice claims. 

Top Stories

Legal aid agencies jointly seek $210,000 expungement grant

In what is believed to be a first, Indiana Legal Services Inc., Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic are hoping to collaborate on a single project that they say will help people overcome hurdles to employment and give communities an economic boost.

Supreme Court to hear HHGregg, managers’ incentive fight

The Indiana Supreme Court will hear a case Feb. 23 in which a trial court and the Indiana Court of Appeals reached opposite conclusions about whether key HHGregg managers were entitled to incentive bonuses triggered by the company’s receipt of $40 million from an executive’s life insurance proceeds.

Lawmakers consider attorney anti-indemnification bill

A bill designed to prohibit attorneys from indemnifying themselves from legal malpractice claims is up for consideration by the Indiana House of Representatives, but some malpractice attorneys say the measure may not be necessary in light of existing rules of conduct.

Hispanic lawyers’ past experiences draw them to immigration law

Representing individual immigration litigants makes sense for many Hispanic attorneys because they have seen members of their own families move through the process of becoming either a legal citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.

ABA watches law schools’ attrition, bar pass rates

At the mid-year meeting of the American Bar Association held in early February, legal education was in the spotlight or, some might say, the hot seat.

Merit selection for Marion County a path back to court?

As the General Assembly weighs a new means of choosing Marion County judges, critics of the proposed merit-selection system say its enactment will almost guarantee another court fight.

No slowdown in expungements

The number of petitions filed around the state remains high, but clerks and attorneys say they have adjusted to the workload.

For some firms, splitting office space and expenses is best practice

For many firms, splitting office space and sharing resources is a strategy that makes good business sense. But such arrangements aren’t without challenges.

Focus

Attorneys trying to stay apprised, advise clients as Congress weighs health care reform

The Affordable Care Act brought a sea change to the health care industry, and whatever replaces it is expected to bring another. Attorneys practicing health care law or with clients greatly impacted by the rules and regulations of the ACA are scrambling to stay afloat.

Reuhs: Insurance coverage for the internet of things

The “internet of things” appears to represent the next wave of new liabilities: cars being remotely controlled by hackers or medical devices being used as access points for theft of medical records.

WKW: Automobile insurance coverage without entering your car

One of the lesser known benefits of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is that it does not require insureds to be inside an automobile. This is because most policies frame the coverage as applying when the insured is legally entitled to recover from an uninsured or underinsured motorist because of an accident, but they do not specify where the insured has to be when the accident occurs.

Opinion

Eye on the Profession: Dr. King’s timeless words from 50 years ago still ring true

Is our legal profession confronted with “fierce urgency?” I submit that we are.

DTCI: I’m prepared for life’s emergencies, but are you?

This article raises some simple questions about the way we function in our day-to-day lives and honestly assesses how “prepared” we really are.

Neutral Corner: Experts advise to ‘think slow’ when handling mediations

The tendency for decision-makers to respond first with an intuitive (and often wrong) response has significant implications for both mediators and advocates.

Start Page: Microsoft Word for the legal profession: reformat documents

For 2017, the Start Page column will focus on Microsoft Word. Each article will help build skills you can use each day in your practice to be more efficient and effective for your clients.

Hammerle’s 2016 Oscar predictions

Once again, the Oscars are upon us, and it’s time that I stare into my admitted fuzzy crystal ball. I wouldn’t go to Vegas and bet on my predictions, but I’m not afraid to be wrong.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions - Feb. 1-14, 2017

Read recent appellate decisions.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions - 2/22/17

Read who has recently been suspended or reinstated.

Bar Associations

IndyBar: Indiana Bar Examination Assessment Task Force Releases Report

The Indiana Bar Examination Assessment Task Force has completed its 18-month study and issued its 82-page report.

IndyBar: Around the Bar

See photos from the IndyBar Lawyer-Legislator Luncheon, held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

The IndyBar and Marion County Bar Association Celebrate Black History Month

During Black History Month and every month, the IndyBar proudly joins the Marion County Bar Association in celebrating our diverse judiciary serving in and around Marion County.
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  1. @BryanJBrown, You are totally correct. I have no words, you nailed it.....

  2. You have not overstated the reality of the present situation. The government inquisitor in my case, who demanded that I, on the record, to choose between obedience to God's law or man's law, remains on the BLE, even an officer of the BLE, and was recently renewed in her contract for another four years. She has a long history in advancing LGBQT rights. http://www.realjock.com/article/1071 THINK WITH ME: What if a currently serving BLE officer or analogous court official (ie discplinary officer) asked an atheist to affirm the Existence, or demanded a transsexual to undergo a mental evaluation to probe his/her alleged mindcrime? That would end a career. The double standard is glaring, see the troubling question used to ban me for life from the Ind bar right here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners (see page 8 of 21) Again, what if I had been a homosexual rights activist before law school rather than a prolife activist? A gay rights activist after law school admitted to the SCOTUS and Kansas since 1996, without discipline? A homosexual rights activist who had argued before half the federal appellate courts in the country? I am pretty certain that had I been that LGBQT activist, and not a pro-life activist, my passing of the Indiana bar exam would have rendered me an Indiana attorney .... rather than forever banished. So yes, there is a glaring double standard. And some are even beyond the reach of constitutional and statutory protections. I was.

  3. Historically speaking pagans devalue children and worship animals. How close are we? Consider the ruling above plus today's tidbit from the politically correct high Court: http://indianacourts.us/times/2016/12/are-you-asking-the-right-questions-intimate-partner-violence-and-pet-abuse/

  4. The father is a convicted of spousal abuse. 2 restaining orders been put on him, never made any difference the whole time she was there. The time he choked the mother she dropped the baby the police were called. That was the only time he was taken away. The mother was suppose to have been notified when he was released no call was ever made. He made his way back, kicked the door open and terrified the mother. She ran down the hallway and locked herself and the baby in the bathroom called 911. The police came and said there was nothing they could do (the policeman was a old friend from highschool, good ole boy thing).They told her he could burn the place down as long as she wasn't in it.The mother got another resataining order, the judge told her if you were my daughter I would tell you to leave. So she did. He told her "If you ever leave me I will make your life hell, you don't know who your f!@#$%^ with". The fathers other 2 grown children from his 1st exwife havent spoke 1 word to him in almost 15yrs not 1 word.This is what will be a forsure nightmare for this little girl who is in the hands of pillar of the community. Totally corrupt system. Where I come from I would be in jail not only for that but non payment of child support. Unbelievably pitiful...

  5. dsm 5 indicates that a lot of kids with gender dysphoria grow out of it. so is it really a good idea to encourage gender reassignment? Perhaps that should wait for the age of majority. I don't question the compassionate motives of many of the trans-advocates, but I do question their wisdom. Likewise, they should not question the compassion of those whose potty policies differ. too often, any opposition to the official GLBT agenda is instantly denounced as "homophobia" etc.

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