In This Issue

MAY 18-31, 2016
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As the Indy 500 prepares to celebrates its 100th running, the law firm that's been a partner for most of those races is also marking a milestone. Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Slaughter brings a remarkable background but confesses he's facing some learning curves. The statewide crisis in CHINS cases continues to strain judicial resources in juvenile courts with no end in sight to children in need.

Top Stories

Keeping client relationships on track

As the Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrates the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, its legal partner has its own milestone with the track. It's one of several firms marking significant anniversaries this year.

Veterans trade in military life to become legal aid attorneys

Polli Pollem is among a trio of Indianapolis attorneys who left the military as officers, went to law school and have since found their way into legal aid. They credit their time in the service with providing them the means to get an undergraduate degree and fostering the desire to pursue a J.D.

Statewide crisis of CHINS stretches judicial resources

The increase in filings of juvenile children in need of services petitions across the state has been growing steadily since 2011 but ballooned to 14,227 in 2014 and could likely top 17,500 for 2015.

Surgery centers sue No.1 insurer UnitedHealthcare

Several Indiana surgery centers are suing the nation's largest health insurance company, claiming it violated state and federal law by failing to pay for services the centers' doctors provided to patients. In a similar lawsuit against the insurer, a key dispute is what the word "pay" means.

Slaughter moves from arguing high-profile cases to judging them

New Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Slaughter brings an impressive resume and a wealth of experience, but he acknowledges a couple of learning curves ahead.


Biederman and Burke: Quality ESI governance good strategy

Good information governance entails creating processes by which companies can reduce the amount of unnecessary data they keep while using the remainder more efficiently. It consists of a set of interwoven policies carefully designed to help companies defensibly and responsibly reduce the amount of their useless data while being mindful of their regulatory and business requirements to keep data for specified periods of time.

Electronic redaction getting more attention as state court documents go online

As the Indiana Supreme Court continues its effort to implement a statewide e-filing system and make more legal filings accessible online, attorneys and court staff will have to rely less on their black Sharpie Permanent Markers and more on their computer software to ensure that confidential information stays confidential.

Long-distance depositions

Technological advances in teleconferencing are making video depositions a more viable option to control litigation costs, but lawyers say in some cases there's no substitute for in-person questioning.


Start Page: Give yourself a fresh perspective on Outlook

A few suggestions on modifying Outlook can help you get more out of the email system by better organizing to boost efficiency and productivity.

Indiana Judges Association: Are we heading toward a ‘gig’ legal profession?

Changes in the legal landscape are of course parallel to what is happening everywhere. Lawyers used to function and prosper well during any economic or social circumstances. Law firms seemed to be immune to barriers and uncertainties facing other business entities. But today, as Jerry Garcia once wrote, "if the thunder don't get ya, the lightnin' will."

Hammerle On… 'Captain America: Civil War', 'Sing Street'

The latest Marvel superhero film 'Captain America: Civil War' leaves Hammerle singing, 'I Hate Myself for Loving You.'

Dean's Desk: Anatomy of a decision to start a tax clinic

Notre Dame Law students will soon have the opportunity to learn tax law by practicing it under the close supervision of full-time expert faculty. It is an exciting development for all of us at the law school. Moreover, at a time of straitened budgets, we have secured financing from the IRS for the clinic, a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

In Brief

Rucker likely to leave Supreme Court in 2017

Justice Robert Rucker, a Gary native appointed to the court by Democratic Gov. Frank O'Bannon in 1999, will turn 70 in January. Rucker informally has informed lawyers and judges he intends to retire from the court sometime next year in order to begin a dialog among those who may consider serving on the court.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions — April 27-May 10, 2016

Read recent appellate decisions from Indiana courts.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions - 5/18/2016

Read who resigned and who the Indiana Supreme Court recently suspended.

Bar Associations

IndyBar: Why Attending Bench Bar is a Great Idea

The Bench Bar Conference is where judges and lawyers learn the "inside baseball" of our profession. Here are reasons why you should take advantage of this great opportunity and consider attending this year's Bench Bar.

IndyBar: Bench Bar A ‘Can’t Miss’ Event for 22 Years

The idea for the IndyBar Bench Bar Conference came from similar events in the 1990s in St. Louis and Kansas City. Now, the local event is bigger than either of those and offers great opportunities for education, networking and fun.

IndyBar: Talking Points with the Top Paralegal

IndyBar recently recognized Cheryl Keene as the 2016 Paralegal of the Year. The award is given to an outstanding paralegal in the Indianapolis community, and Keene exemplifies the passion, dedication, and service worthy of this recognition.
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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic:

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure:

  4. Here's an about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.