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EidtPerspLucas-sigYou may not have realized it, but with this issue of the Indiana Lawyer – Volume 23, Number 1 – we celebrate an anniversary.

Much has changed in the 22 years since IBJ Media made the decision to launch a newspaper dedicated specifically to reporting Indiana’s legal news. Film was still the medium used to capture images for the publication, and a lower-cased “i” or “e” before a word would certainly have been considered a typographical error in 1990. But advances in technology have brought changes to media as well as the practice of law, and we’ve gone through the changes and discussed the challenges and opportunities they present together. As landmark legal decisions have been made, new practice areas have developed, and notable Indiana law firms have been created, merged or ceased to exist, the editorial staff of this newspaper has done its best to reach out to the newsmakers and opinion leaders involved and shared that information with you.

During the past 22 years, some things have stayed the same. Chief Justice Randall Shepard was Indiana’s chief justice when Indiana Lawyer published its first issue in 1990. When we celebrate our 23rd anniversary, a new chief justice will be serving our state. We thank Shepard for his support of our fledgling newspaper in the early days and for all the times he has paused from his busy schedule to talk with us in the years since.

As we celebrate another year, we reflect on our mission and promise to you, our readers. It is our job – our commitment – to report legal happenings throughout the Hoosier state. Accurate, fair and balanced reporting is not just a goal, it is an expectation. Have we wished for an “editorial mulligan” from time to time so that we could pull a story back and report it a bit differently? You betcha. But as we begin our 23rd year reporting the news, our staff continues to challenge itself to reach all corners of the state and report the stories Indiana lawyers will find interesting and compelling.

Some wondered if a legal newspaper was sustainable in Indiana. Would there be enough to report every two weeks? The answer is yes. Not only does Indiana’s legal community comprise more than enough interesting people and generate enough legal news fill a newspaper, since 2007, Indiana Lawyer has also produced a daily email newsletter that allows our editorial staff to deliver breaking stories and daily reports on Indiana’s appellate court opinions, law school and bar association news, and other legal updates. If you do not currently receive this free email news service (yes, I said free), I encourage you to visit www.theIndianaLawyer.com and sign up for the IL daily.

Like any 22-year-old, the Indiana Lawyer is still growing and evolving. We are constantly evaluating our work to reflect the changing legal landscape. But one thing has not changed – from Day One we have welcomed input and ideas from our readers. Whether you’ve been with us two months or 22 years, we encourage you to contact us, we thank you for reading, and we look forward to the next 22 years together.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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