IL celebrates 22 years covering legal community

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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 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. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.