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Governor appoints public access counselor

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Carmel attorney Andrew J. Kossack has been appointed state public access counselor, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Wednesday. Kossack replaces Heather Neal, who joined the Indiana Department of Education as deputy chief of staff.

Kossack said he's excited about his new job.

"Open access to government is essential in a society where government is 'of the people, and for the people,'" Kossack wrote in an e-mail to Indiana Lawyer today. "If the people aren't informed on the activities of their government, we'll fall far short of that ideal."

Kossack received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and was admitted to the bar in 2007. He previously worked as a labor and employment associate at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis and as an intern for then-U.S. Magistrate Judge William T. Lawrence.

Kossack said he'll put to use skills he learned as a labor and employment attorney to navigate gray areas of statutes and help clients sort through legal jargon. He's looking forward to the mediation component of the public access counselor's job because he knows how difficult litigation can be for those involved.

"If I can help mediate some of these issues before they end up in court, I think that's best for everyone and one of the main reasons this office was created," he said.

Kossack's first day is Sept. 7.

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  1. Paul Ogden doing a fine job of remembering his peer Gary Welsh with the post below and a call for an Indy gettogether to celebrate Gary .... http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/2016/05/indiana-loses-citizen-journalist-giant.html Castaways of Indiana, unite!

  2. It's unfortunate that someone has attempted to hijack the comments to promote his own business. This is not an article discussing the means of preserving the record; no matter how it's accomplished, ethics and impartiality are paramount concerns. When a party to litigation contracts directly with a reporting firm, it creates, at the very least, the appearance of a conflict of interest. Court reporters, attorneys and judges are officers of the court and must abide by court rules as well as state and federal laws. Parties to litigation have no such ethical responsibilities. Would we accept insurance companies contracting with judges? This practice effectively shifts costs to the party who can least afford it while reducing costs for the party with the most resources. The success of our justice system depends on equal access for all, not just for those who have the deepest pockets.

  3. As a licensed court reporter in California, I have to say that I'm sure that at some point we will be replaced by speech recognition. However, from what I've seen of it so far, it's a lot farther away than three years. It doesn't sound like Mr. Hubbard has ever sat in a courtroom or a deposition room where testimony is being given. Not all procedures are the same, and often they become quite heated with the ends of question and beginning of answers overlapping. The human mind can discern the words to a certain extent in those cases, but I doubt very much that a computer can yet. There is also the issue of very heavy accents and mumbling. People speak very fast nowadays, and in order to do that, they generally slur everything together, they drop or swallow words like "the" and "and." Voice recognition might be able to produce some form of a transcript, but I'd be very surprised if it produces an accurate or verbatim transcript, as is required in the legal world.

  4. Really enjoyed the profile. Congratulations to Craig on living the dream, and kudos to the pros who got involved to help him realize the vision.

  5. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

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