Opinion

Hammerle On… 'The Dinner,' 'The Lost City of Z,' 'Colossal' and 'The Circle'

May 31, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle shares his thoughts on four forgettable films in theaters.
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Start Page: Microsoft Word for lawyers: Give me a (section) break

May 17, 2017
Seth Wilson
This article will show you how to apply two types of page numbering in one document. Future articles will build on this skill to help you craft complex Microsoft Word documents.
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Indiana Judges Association: Justice Rucker: A lifetime of substantial justice

May 17, 2017
David Dreyer
Justice Rucker showed there are ways a court can be sympathetic without the benefit of law or procedure and benefit a party even when they don’t “win.”
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DTCI: Corporate, in-house counsel tell why they belong to DTCI

May 17, 2017
Kevin Tyra
To all corporate counsel and in-house counsel (as well as all defense trial counsel): Please consider joining DTCI if you are not already a member and attending DTCI programming, starting with the 50th anniversary annual conference in November.
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Hammerle on ...'Their Finest,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

May 17, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2." is an enchanting film not to be missed.
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Cunningham: 5 tips to survive a Daubert challenge  

May 17, 2017
The Daubert standard is one area of the law that concerns attorneys and financial damages experts alike. For a financial expert, no other measure in the federal court system goes to the core of a financial expert’s competence and thoroughness in his or her work product like the Daubert standard. For a trial attorney, a case can often be jeopardized if a Daubert challenge to an expert is successful.
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Schocke: Tech saves money, attracts talent, keeps employees happy

May 17, 2017
Although legal research has become more efficient, most attorneys still work in the traditional office while sitting at a desk. However, with tools like widespread broadband access, videoconferencing and file sharing systems, it begs the question as to whether the large office footprints and office settings are truly necessary to achieve success.
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Editor's Perspective: Indiana Lawyer honors outstanding Hoosier attorneys

May 3, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Let me introduce you to 30 people who will undoubtedly impress you — this year’s Leadership in Law Award winners.
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Quality of Life: Fight feeling overwhelmed by focusing on just 1 thing

May 3, 2017
Jonna Kane MacDougall
Any number of things can make us feel overwhelmed. The cause could be work, friends, enemies, outside commitments, family responsibilities, clutter, financial problems, inundation by social media, traditional media, news, fake news, or any combination thereof.
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JLAP: One person’s story of alcohol addiction, recovery

May 3, 2017
Read a first-person account about one lawyer's struggle with alcohol addiction and help received through JLAP.
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Bradley: What to consider when preparing for mediation

May 3, 2017
Coming to the negotiating table can be stressful, not only for the parties but also for the lawyers involved. Here are some tips based on my experiences for what both sides can do to have a successful mediation.
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Hays/Raman: Do not treat mediation as routine and ordinary

May 3, 2017
Thomas Hays
Preparation is the key to success. As lawyers and advocates for our clients, this is not a foreign concept to any of us. However, when it comes to mediation, attorneys sometimes forget this key advice.
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Tech Untangled: Signal Private Messenger provides encrypted texting and more

May 3, 2017
Stephen Bour
I was looking for an easy-to-use encrypted messaging app specifically for texting, and Signal popped up on several searches.
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Hammerle on… 'Gifted,' 'The Promise'

May 3, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says the love story in "The Promise" distracts from its powerful theme.
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Neutral Corner: Trials may be vanishing but not the need for mediation

May 3, 2017
John Van Winkle
The phenomenon known as the “vanishing trial” has been a topic of serious discussion, and in some quarters, serious concern, since statistics showing a marked decline in the number of criminal and civil trials were first reported in 2004.
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Boots: IP audits, management programs have value

April 19, 2017
An IP audit maximizes the value of the organization’s IP assets, mitigates IP liabilities and supports an effective IP management program, which is often made an integral part of its strategic planning.
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Schantz: Software patents — the phoenix of patent subject matter

April 19, 2017
The Supreme Court shook the foundations of the software patent world in 2012 (Mayo v. Prometheus) and 2014 (Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International), leaving business leaders (and their patent attorneys) to wonder whether — or even hope that — software patents were dead.
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Making Rain: Avoid being just another vendor

April 19, 2017
Dona Stohler
As a lawyer or law firm, you may have recently experienced a conversation with one or more of your clients that included being, in your opinion, treated like a vendor. This is never the position you want to be in with your client.
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Living Fit: Why we ‘choke’ and tips on how to avoid it

April 19, 2017
Sharon Buechler
Much like your house can be child-proofed, your memory can be stress-proofed!
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DTCI: A virtual office for the legal profession?

April 19, 2017
While some law firms have already implemented policies that allow work-from-home arrangements on a part-time or full-time basis, it has not yet become the norm in our profession. However, could this be the wave of the future?
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Dean's Desk: Guarding Legal Services Corp. from Trump budget cuts

April 5, 2017
Andrea D. Lyon
While Legal Services Corp. has been demonized in various ways over the years as troublemakers or leftist political actors, studies tell us that providing access to basic services produces economic benefits for state and local governments.
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Eye on the Profession: Lawyer succession planning is easier said than done

April 5, 2017
John Trimble
It is fair to say that there may be no hotter topic in the legal world right now than succession planning.
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Start Page: Microsoft Word for the legal profession — format defaults

April 5, 2017
Seth Wilson
Can Microsoft Word help you maintain competence and avoid procrastination? Yes, if you take some time to make your software tools work for you.
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Hammerle on… 'The Shack,' 'Beauty and the Beast'

April 5, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "The Shack" felt like an emotional and moral reawakening.
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Inside the Criminal Case: Race, talking to jurors and impeachment

March 22, 2017
James Bell
As is typical in these articles, nine years of hard work by attorneys is summarized in three paragraphs and some writer like me says, “eventually this case landed before the United States Supreme Court.”
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  5. 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.

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