Diversity

Supreme Court to celebrate 20th anniversary of ICLEO

July 17, 2017
IL Staff
Members of the Indiana judiciary will gather this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity.
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ABA committee to consider gender identity protections, additional school locations

July 12, 2017
IL Staff
The Standards Review Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will consider adding protections based on gender identity and ethnicity to existing rules at its Saturday meeting in Chicago.
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Black lawyers who rose through ranks of larger firms see vast changes

July 12, 2017
Dave Stafford
African-American partners with decades in practice said their experiences helped open opportunities for younger lawyers and increase discussions about diversity in general, but they acknowledge challenges persist.
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More women being hired as general counsel

June 5, 2017
IL Staff
A new report is hailing the increase in the number of women hired for general counsel jobs in Fortune 500 companies, a trend which is expected to continue.
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Unique Indy merit-selection system replaces voided elections, faces likely challenges

May 3, 2017
Dave Stafford
Judges in Indianapolis won’t have to worry about running for election in the future, but they will face up-or-down retention votes under a bill signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb April 27. The system to replace the current one ruled unconstitutional was adopted by lawmakers despite warnings that the new system also is spoiling for a fight in court.
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IU Maurer BLSA in running for national award

March 10, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Black Law Student Association chapter at Indiana University Maurer School of Law is hoping its success in the Midwest carries over to the 49th Annual Convention of the National Black Law Students Association.
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ACLU, others speak out against Trump’s repeal of transgender bathroom directives

February 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and other civil rights advocacy groups are speaking out against the Trump administration’s decision to rescind federal guidelines protecting transgender students in school restrooms, calling the move dangerous and irresponsible.
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Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance

February 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.
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Forums scheduled to discuss race and gender

February 22, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court’s Race & Gender Fairness Commission is inviting the public to participate in a series of discussions about the status of race and gender in the judicial system.
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Merit selection for Marion County a path back to court?

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
As the General Assembly weighs a new means of choosing Marion County judges, critics of the proposed merit-selection system say its enactment will almost guarantee another court fight.
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Hispanic lawyers’ past experiences draw them to immigration law

February 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
Representing individual immigration litigants makes sense for many Hispanic attorneys because they have seen members of their own families move through the process of becoming either a legal citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
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Asian attorneys less represented in Indianapolis than nationwide

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
In the post-recession economy, Asians were the only minority group to experience constant growth in partner and associate positions at large law firms each year, while black and Hispanic attorneys followed a roller coaster-like cycle of growth and decline. However, the situation is less promising for Asian attorneys in Indianapolis.
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House panel advances Marion County judicial selection bill

January 26, 2017
Dave Stafford
Despite public concerns that a bill for choosing Indianapolis judges would reduce diversity on the bench, deprive Marion County residents of the right to directly elect jurists and elevate political considerations, a House committee Wednesday advanced a merit-selection measure supported by lawyers, judges and the business community.
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Report: number of black attorneys decreasing in large firms

January 25, 2017
Olivia Covington
The decline may be due to a lack of African-American partners at the firms and more black attorneys choosing to open their own practices.
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Minority law firm representation up modestly post-recession

January 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
Women and minorities have made small gains in representation in the legal community over the last seven years, though their representation in some areas of the legal profession is still below pre-recession levels, a new national report says.
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Study: Gender inequality begins before classes start

December 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A new study indicates that the gender inequality that is well-documented in the legal profession actually starts when women are applying to law school.
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LGBT equality a firm priority

December 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
Law firms have embraced equality for LGBT employees in their policies more than any other industry, and five firms with a significant presence in Indiana have earned top marks for inclusiveness, a new study reveals.
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‘Leaky pipeline’ study spotlights gender inequality in law schools

November 30, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The problems of gender inequality in the legal profession start when women apply to law school, according to a new report from Law School Transparency.
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FBI: Hate crimes against Muslims up 67 percent in 2015

November 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police increased by about 6.7 percent last year, led largely by a 67 percent surge in crimes against Muslims.
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Kagan: Supreme Court gender diversity positive sign to youth

October 25, 2016
 Associated Press
Gender diversity on the U.S. Supreme Court sends a positive message to young girls and boys, who hear "women's voices coming from all over the place" as the three female justices join in asking questions during oral arguments, Justice Elena Kagan said Monday.
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Study: Compensation gap 44 percent between men, women partners

October 14, 2016
IL Staff
A new study has found that the compensation gap between male and female partners is 44 percent, a slight decrease as compared to two years ago.
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Vegas lawyer's 'Black Lives' protest resembles Ohio case

September 22, 2016
 Associated Press
A deputy public defender in Las Vegas who defied a judge's request that she not wear a "Black Lives Matter" pin in court has become the latest voice of protest in a national debate over police brutality and race relations.
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Tippecanoe County adopts transgender protections

September 19, 2016
 Associated Press
Tippecanoe County has joined the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette in adding gender identity protections to its human rights ordinance.
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'Notorious RBG' Ginsburg delights and educates at Notre Dame

September 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States and recognized as being a driving force in advancing women’s rights, almost downplayed her importance while speaking at the University of Notre Dame Monday.
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Female corporate lawyers at Anthem find opportunity, no glass ceiling

September 7, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
At Anthem Inc., the billion-dollar health insurance provider, women comprise 76 percent of its workforce and 63 percent managerial leadership.
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  1. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  2. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

  3. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

  4. For some strange reason this story, like many on this ezine that question the powerful, seems to have been released in two formats. Prior format here: http://www.theindianalawyer.com/nominees-selected-for-us-attorney-in-indiana/PARAMS/article/44263 That observed, I must note that it is quite refreshing that denizens of the great unwashed (like me) can be allowed to openly question powerful elitists at ICE MILLER who are on the public dole like Selby. Kudos to those at this ezine who understand that they cannot be mere lapdogs to the powerful and corrupt, lest freedom bleed out. If you wonder why the Senator resisted Selby, consider reading the comments here for a theory: http://www.theindianalawyer.com/nominees-selected-for-us-attorney-in-indiana/PARAMS/article/44263

  5. Why is it a crisis that people want to protect their rights themselves? The courts have a huge bias against people appearing on their own behalf and these judges and lawyers will face their maker one day and answer for their actions.

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