Opinion

Hammerle on ... 'Loving,' 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

November 30, 2016
Bob Hammerle says "Loving" is an important film that reaches beyond the movie screen.
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Miller: Act quickly to locate all potential e-discovery data sources

November 30, 2016
Darren Miller advises attorneys to first figure out what could be the crux of their new cases in terms of electronic evidence.
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Barker: New citizens encouraged to shape future of US

November 30, 2016
Judge Sarah Evans Barker gives advice to new citizens following the recent presidential election, encouraging them to shape the country's future.
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Tragesser/Downham on augmented reality games: Gotta catch ’em all

November 30, 2016
PokemonGo’s footprint is anywhere and everywhere, which opens up a world of both opportunity and liability for business and property owners.
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Making Rain: Using an Ouija board or financial statements to plan marketing

November 16, 2016
Dona Stohler
Although the Ouija board might be more fun, you will probably make better business decisions by asking your accounting department to reorganize your expenses and revenue to give you a picture even the Great Ouija couldn’t conjure.
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Federal Bar Update: Rule amendments take effect Dec. 1

November 16, 2016
John Maley
As of Dec. 1, several amendments take effect in federal civil and appellate practice.
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Plugged In: File names matter when it comes to searching, sorting

November 16, 2016
Deanna Marquez
Most of us probably assume the contents of the file are far more important than what we name it and do not realize that improper file names can make it both harder on us and our computer to find and open the file again in the future.
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Biederman and Burke: Is use of keywords in e-discovery a game of ‘Go Fish?’

November 16, 2016
Raymond Biederman, Sean Burke
Inherent limitations aside, the question the legal community should be asking is not whether, but rather how, keyword searches should be used in e-discovery.
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Dean's Desk: A troubling focus by the ABA on the bar exam

November 16, 2016
Austen Parrish
For those in legal education, the bar exam has oddly emerged as a key focus.
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Hammerle On… 'A Man Called Ove,' 'Doctor Strange'

November 16, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "A Man Called Ove" has many strengths and will bring you to the edge of tears.
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Metzel: Your view on the practice of law will shape your career

November 2, 2016
I challenge you to consider — early in your career — how you perceive the practice of law. This process may impact your career decisions and the manner in which you choose or choose not to utilize your legal education.
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Hammerle on... 'Denial'

November 2, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says trial lawyers must see "Denial."
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Start Page: Outlook Quick Steps can break email full-court press

November 2, 2016
Seth Wilson
Create one to three Quick Steps that you will commit to using for the next week. Then, practice those quick first steps.
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Eye on Profession: Our profession needs to be ready for rocky times ahead

November 2, 2016
John Trimble
I have the pleasure today to launch the inaugural offering of a new Indiana Lawyer column entitled, “Eye on the Profession.” The plan is to do my best to share commentary and insight on issues of the day that are or will be impacting our profession.
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DTCI: Calling corporate counsel! Join your defense colleagues

November 2, 2016
Kevin Tyra
While the roles of defense trial counsel (particularly “outside” counsel or panel counsel in the law firm setting) and corporate and in-house counsel are often different, we have much in common.
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In-Box: Using police body cameras

November 2, 2016
Keffer Barnhart attorneys write that police departments should want to use body cameras, as they can serve as data gathering and quality control tools.
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Price: A look at the past, present and future of mediation

October 5, 2016
Whether experience will show one “model” prevailing or whether we have an environment where mediation is an amalgam of each type driven by the circumstances of the case, one thing is beyond dispute: Mediation is here to stay.
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Hussmann: Early intervention can provide desired effects

October 5, 2016
For those of us in the dispute resolution business, “desired effects” — justice — must remain an important component of the outcome if the system is to be perceived as fair and useful.
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Neutral Corner: Indiana’s ADR Rules adopted 25 years ago

October 5, 2016
John Van Winkle
Although mediation became the main thrust of the ADR Rules, mediation as now known was not the central feature of the rules originally proposed.
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Indiana Judges Association: Will paper remain at the end of the e-filing tunnel?

October 5, 2016
David Dreyer
The benefits of “going paperless” can be exciting. A municipal court in suburban Seattle recently reported saving $500,000 annually by e-filing.
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DTCI: Some lessons learned while on the DTCI board

October 5, 2016
Jamie Oss
Since I am soon leaving the DTCI board of directors and moving on to the ISBA Board of Governors, I thought that I would share a few lessons that I have learned over the years, both on the board and off, as my last director’s column.
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Hammerle on... 'The Magnificent Seven,' 'Snowden,' 'The Hollars'

October 5, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Snowden" serves as a reminder to Americans how we have largely lost our privacy.
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Young: Remembering US Probation Officer Tom Gahl

September 21, 2016
Sept. 22, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most tragic day in the history of the Southern District of Indiana: the murder of United States Probation Officer Thomas E. Gahl.
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Start Page: The appeal of the newest Apple iPhone? The core

September 21, 2016
Seth Wilson
This article will provide a brief overview of the new features available on the iPhone 7 to help you determine if it’s time to upgrade.
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Federal Bar Update: Show up and pay attention to court matters

September 21, 2016
John Maley
In the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, from time to time the federal bench has found it necessary to comment on deficient practitioner performance. A recent example also serves as a reminder of some basic principles in this age of phone conferences.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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