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IBA: Pause for Professionalism

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The situations are all too familiar – maybe you have just received discovery requests from opposing counsel and they are asking for your clients to provide more information than if they were going through a Senate confirmation hearing. Or you have propounded reasonable discovery requests only to find that your opposing counsel is objecting to every request using just the phrase “We don’t want to provide that. “Or opposing counsel has sent you thousands of pages of documents and, for every discovery response, has stated “It’s probably in there somewhere.”

Discovery can be a time consuming and often very frustrating part of litigation. Often, the rules don’t provide enough information to cover every possible situation and you can often feel like you are adrift in a sea of responses.

As a part of its Pause for Professionalism video series, the Professionalism Committee has recently released a video of Hon. Tim A. Baker, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana in a video entitled “Civility in Discovery.” Judge Baker provides helpful hints for how to solve discovery disputes as well as some common pitfalls to avoid. Judge Baker also provides some insight for how much judges want parties to resolve their discovery issues without the intervention of the bench. Judge Baker’s comments and tips provide insight to practitioners across the board and can assist with discovery issues in every court.

New videos will be distributed every other month and are available on the IndyBar website at http://www.indybar.org/resources/video-gallery.php. If you have any suggestions for future topics regarding professionalism and civility, please email them to Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.•

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