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December 3, 2007
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Welcome to First Impressions, Indiana Lawyer’s legal blog. Your host is Jennifer Mehalik, Indiana Lawyer’s Web editor. Mehalik grew up in Indianapolis and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. After writing for other IBJ Media publications, Mehalik joined Indiana Lawyer as a reporter and now handles e-media for the publication. She finds it ironic that her least favorite part of media law was reading court opinions, which she now does on a daily basis and actually enjoys. If you have a good idea for a blog topic, contact her at 317-472-5234 or jmehalik@ibj.com
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  • Regarding the three attorneys who were disciplined for using a trade name in their practice, few attorneys know that Indiana is one of only two states that does not permit attorneys to practice under a trade name. The other state is Arizona. (Until recently, Indiana and Arizona also shared another singular distinction - the only two states in the continental United States to not observe daylight savings.)

    With the permitted use of law firm logos, slogans, and creative web addresses, along with the permitted use of law firm names of lawyers long since deceased (which are in essence, trade names), is it now time for Indiana to do as it did with the daylight savings ban and join with the rest of the US by scrapping the ban on using trade names?

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