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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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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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