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Governor signs JTAC, workers’ comp bills into law

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The Division of State Court Administration’s Judicial Technology and Automation Committee will see a temporary boost in funding for its Odyssey case management system under a new law signed by Gov. Mike Pence.

House Enrolled Act 1393 increases the civil filing fee dedicated for Odyssey from $5 to $7 for two years. After that, it will drop back to the $5 level. The new law also creates an oversight committee that will report to the Legislature on matters such as whether funding for Odyssey should be extended.

Counties that do not use Odyssey will use that fee for the operation and maintenance of their systems.

Pence signed the legislation this weekend, but held a ceremonial signing at 2 p.m. Monday in his office.

Pence also signed HEA 1320 Saturday, which reconfigures the state’s workers’ compensation laws. It increases nonmedical workers’ compensation caps to $390,000 per injury for injuries occurring after July 1, 2014. It increases the average weekly wage used to calculate compensation for nonmedical temporary partial or total disability, and for total permanent disability. On or after July 1, 2014, the average weekly wage used will increase $195 to $1,170.

The new law also urges the Legislative Council to assign to the interim study committee on insurance the study of workers’ compensation and occupational disease compensation topics, including minimum payment amounts for services or products provided by medical service facilities, payments for implants, and the establishment and membership of a committee to advise the Worker’s Compensation Board in the administration of a workers’ comp and occupational diseases compensation program.

 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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