In This Issue

OCT. 8-21, 2014
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Firms – especially those with multiple offices – say their practices benefit from retreats, team-building exercises and even regular face-to-face meetings of top partners. Millions more dollars are being sought to cover representation of juveniles, due in part to a new rule taking effect Jan. 1. An ISBA panel looks at how firms can maximize their paralegals' roles to get their money's worth.

Top Stories

Millions more sought for representation of juveniles

The money is needed for guardians ad litem and court appointed special advocates, and to pay for the new rule requiring defenders in delinquency cases.

Officer's meth-exposure claims untangled by appeals court

The Indiana Court of Appeals rules an injured city policeman must exhaust workers' comp remedies before turning to the injured-on-duty statute.

Deans ready to comply with revised legal education standards

The American Bar Association now requires more hands-on learning and student assessments throughout the course.

SCOTUS denial of marriage lawsuits creates historic day

The decision by the Supreme Court of the United States not to hear any of the same-sex marriage cases before it was unexpected but very welcomed by the same-sex couples and their attorneys who challenged Indiana’s marriage ban.

NDLS professor: Stop ISIS by choking funding

The battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is often discussed in terms of bombs and boots on the ground. However, an expert in terrorist financing at the Notre Dame Law School says destroying the Islamic State group, also referred to as ISIS, must include going after the money.

Getting down to business

Whether they juggle being a lawyer with being an entrepreneur or they change careers and become full-time business owners, many say their legal training continues to help them. They have the ability not only to understand the legal aspects of operating a business but also to organize and manage the enterprise itself.

Retreating from the office

Meetings and events outside of the firm foster camaraderie and build relationships among staff.


Small firms rise to top of ISBA leadership

Jeff Hawkins is like most Indiana lawyers – he works in a small practice. Hawkins, incoming president of the Indiana State Bar Association, will be the first of three consecutive leaders hailing from solo or small law firms.

Maximizing paralegal roles to get money's worth

An Indiana State Bar Association panel examines ways firms can delegate work to paralegals to increase efficiency and profitability.


Indiana Judges Association: Judges struggle with 'rule of law' questions daily

As judges, we struggle with “rule of law” questions every day. The gray areas between a fact and a supposition dog our paths. The tension between the letter of the law and the conscience of the community complicate our considerations. In some cases, the rule of law just seems to be unjust. But overall, the true meaning of “rule of law” should not be a barrier.

Stohler: I'm pretty sure my clients love me

Most small to mid-sized companies use on average three to five law firms. Larger companies use even more. So, each and every day you are being compared to your competitors. Knowing how you compare to them in terms of your service and client satisfaction is good to know. You can get this information in a variety of ways and use it to bring in even more business from the client.

Smith: What to do when the EPA sends an Information Request

Even the best companies occasionally attract the attention of regulators. Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will be focusing on addressing noncompliance issues and vigorous enforcement. EPA commonly investigates compliance and potential enforcement with an “Information Request.”

INBOX: Keep Marion County Small Claims out of Superior Court

A reader believes the rational solution to issues in Marion County Small Claims Courts is to keep the system as it is and not move it to Marion Superior Court.

Hammerle on ... 'The Skeleton Twins,' 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them'

Bob Hammerle says "The Skeleton Twins," which stars two people know for their comedy work, derives its strength not from comedy but the emotional connection of disturbed twins.

Technology Untangled: Document scanning in the palm of your hand

Today we will look at an application that allows your smartphone to function as a surprisingly capable portable document scanner, capturing images of higher quality and much greater utility than a typical .JPG photo capture.

In Brief

JQC issues advisory opinion to judges with family members running for office

Judges who have a family member running for elected office may appear in campaign materials as long as the judge’s title or position isn’t mentioned, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications decided in an advisory opinion released Friday.

Indiana Tech Law School hurries up and waits for ABA approval

Indiana’s newest law school has entered the long waiting period that comes with the accreditation process.

Taft partner appointed to Bankruptcy Court

Jeffrey J. Graham, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis, is the newest Bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of Indiana. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals announced his appointment Monday.

JQC files charges against judge following OWI arrest in Kentucky

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed one count against a southern Indiana town court judge who was arrested and pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated in Louisville, Kentucky.

Indiana AG proposes home contractor registry

Indiana residents looking to hire contractors for home repair or remodeling projects would be able to search a state registry that's among a package of legislative proposals Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Tuesday he's supporting in an effort to boost consumer protections.

Appeals court affirms disbarred attorney’s convictions

The South Bend attorney who was disbarred in 2010 and convicted of forgery in 2013 lost his appeal before the Indiana Court of Appeals Thursday.

Judge: Yorktown’s door-to-door soliciting restriction unconstitutional

Yorktown’s ordinance forbidding door-to-door canvassing before or after daylight hours is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled.

State's way of paying public defenders debated

The state pays the salaries of its judges and prosecutors, but public defenders are paid by counties that are only partially reimbursed for their costs — an approach that some including the executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council want to see changed.

Judge tosses suit over IU student's disappearance

A federal judge has thrown out the lawsuit filed by the parents of an Indiana University student last seen more than three years ago against two men who were with her the night she vanished.

Special Sections

Indiana Court Decisions - Sept. 17-30, 2014

Read recent decisions from Indiana appellate courts.

On The Move

On The Move - 10/8/14

Read who's joined an Indiana firm, been appointed to a board or received an award.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions - 10/8/14

Read who's been recently disciplined by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Bar Associations

DTCI: Sign up now for the 21st Annual Conference and Meeting

Join us on Nov. 20 & 21 at the French Lick Resort for a jam-packed schedule.

Abrams: Professionalism and Civility

This past week made two marks on my personal challenge to promote and encourage professionalism and civility.

DTCI: North Central Region Trial Workshop Academy

View a photo from the recent North Central Region Trial Academy Workshop Academy.

DTCI: Bad faith when there was no coverage?

An insurer denies a claim and the court agrees there is no coverage under the policy. Case closed. Or is it?

IndyBar: ADR Section Hosts Successful Annual Mediation Day

On Friday, Sept. 26, the IndyBar Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section hosted its annual Mediation Day, which was coordinated by ADR Section Chair Phyllis Armstrong of The Mediation Group.

IndyBar: Getting Along Isn’t Wrong: Family Law Role Models

Eric Olson highlights three attorneys who have stood out over the years for getting along with opposing counsel.

IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Introduces Legacy Fund

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is pleased to announce the formation of its new Legacy Fund, a planned giving initiative that ensures that the mission of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation – to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service – will continue to positively impact our community and our profession for generations to follow.
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  1. You can put your photos anywhere you like... When someone steals it they know it doesn't belong to them. And, a man getting a divorce is automatically not a nice guy...? That's ridiculous. Since when is need of money a conflict of interest? That would mean that no one should have a job unless they are already financially solvent without a job... A photographer is also under no obligation to use a watermark (again, people know when a photo doesn't belong to them) or provide contact information. Hey, he didn't make it easy for me to pay him so I'll just take it! Well heck, might as well walk out of the grocery store with a cart full of food because the lines are too long and you don't find that convenient. "Only in Indiana." Oh, now you're passing judgement on an entire state... What state do you live in? I need to characterize everyone in your state as ignorant and opinionated. And the final bit of ignorance; assuming a photo anyone would want is lucky and then how much does your camera have to cost to make it a good photo, in your obviously relevant opinion?

  2. Seventh Circuit Court Judge Diane Wood has stated in “The Rule of Law in Times of Stress” (2003), “that neither laws nor the procedures used to create or implement them should be secret; and . . . the laws must not be arbitrary.” According to the American Bar Association, Wood’s quote drives home this point: The rule of law also requires that people can expect predictable results from the legal system; this is what Judge Wood implies when she says that “the laws must not be arbitrary.” Predictable results mean that people who act in the same way can expect the law to treat them in the same way. If similar actions do not produce similar legal outcomes, people cannot use the law to guide their actions, and a “rule of law” does not exist.

  3. Linda, I sure hope you are not seeking a law license, for such eighteenth century sentiments could result in your denial in some jurisdictions minting attorneys for our tolerant and inclusive profession.

  4. Mazel Tov to the newlyweds. And to those bakers, photographers, printers, clerks, judges and others who will lose careers and social standing for not saluting the New World (Dis)Order, we can all direct our Two Minutes of Hate as Big Brother asks of us. Progress! Onward!

  5. My daughter was taken from my home at the end of June/2014. I said I would sign the safety plan but my husband would not. My husband said he would leave the house so my daughter could stay with me but the case worker said no her mind is made up she is taking my daughter. My daughter went to a friends and then the friend filed a restraining order which she was told by dcs if she did not then they would take my daughter away from her. The restraining order was not in effect until we were to go to court. Eventually it was dropped but for 2 months DCS refused to allow me to have any contact and was using the restraining order as the reason but it was not in effect. This was Dcs violating my rights. Please help me I don't have the money for an attorney. Can anyone take this case Pro Bono?