Opinion

Making Rain: The secret to networking lies within your firm

January 25, 2017
Dona Stohler
Having an organized approach to becoming more visible internally and forming stronger relationships with your co-workers can be a very effective networking strategy.
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Hammerle on... 'Hidden Figures,' 'Sing'

January 25, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says all women will enjoy "Hidden Figures."
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JLAP: Post-holiday blues: Yes, it really is ‘a thing’

January 25, 2017
You may or may not be aware of it, but at JLAP we are sensitive to the reality that a lot of people feel pretty crummy right after the holidays. We talk to lawyers a lot about how they are feeling and our observations are that despite all the advice on how to avoid feeling stressed during the holidays, more people struggle after the holidays than during the holidays.
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Cassman: Proper notice in indirect civil contempt proceedings

January 11, 2017
Indirect civil contempt is the most common filing used to enforce family law orders. One of the typical defenses to an allegation of contempt is that the contempt allegations have not been properly pled. Both the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Court of Appeals have addressed the issue of notice in recent cases.
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Ryznar: Another notable year for CHINS and parental rights cases

January 11, 2017
Margaret Ryznar
As Indiana continues to experience heightened levels of CHINS and termination of parental rights cases, several interesting cases arose in 2016 related to these topics.
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Mental Fitness: I’m not scared of the bipolar stigma

January 11, 2017
Reid Murtaugh
In this article, you will learn a mental fitness exercise that only takes three minutes. But first, I will share my experience with asking the Indiana Judges Lawyers and Assistance Program for help in May 2015.
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Living Fit: Past success can help you keep new year’s resolutions

January 11, 2017
Sharon Buechler
It’s that time of year — making resolutions. I write about this topic every January, hoping that something I write this time will click with you to be the impetus you need to change the course of your health.
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Examining Forensics: Making and questioning various e-discovery requests

January 11, 2017
Darren Miller
Let’s look at pre-discovery, where you are formulating what types of files and data you are asking for, the format that you would like your deliverables in, as well as any dates or keywords relative to the case.
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Hammerle on... 'Jackie,' 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

January 11, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Rogue One" gets its strength from its characters, not its special effects.
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Higgins: New rules reflect renewed focus on attorney trust accounts

December 28, 2016
For Indiana attorneys, the new year marks the effective date of the new Admission and Discipline Rule 23. The importance of Rule 23 is generally limited only to those unlucky few who find themselves being investigated or prosecuted by the Disciplinary Commission. However, Rule 23 also contains substantive provisions on how each lawyer must manage his or her trust account.
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Quality of Life: Share your unique gifts with others in the new year

December 28, 2016
Jonna Kane MacDougall
In the upcoming new year, take some time to think about your unique gifts and how you can use them to change the life of someone else for the better. In doing so, you can bring purpose and meaning into your own life as well.
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Technology Untangled: Bluetooth key finder works with your smartphone

December 28, 2016
Stephen Bour
The tracking down of lost keys is a regular ritual in my home. Duplicate keys for newer cars are expensive. That gave me the idea to investigate a low-cost, high-tech method to keep track of that key.
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Hammerle On… 'Miss Sloane,' 'La La Land'

December 28, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says you'll be glued to your seat from the moment of the opening number in "La La Land."
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Dean's Desk: Community partnerships benefit IU McKinney students

December 14, 2016
Andrew Klein
At the IU McKinney School of Law, we make a special effort to support our students by partnering with advocates in the community. Allow me to share a few examples.
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Nguyen: IP lessons from China

December 14, 2016
Several years ago, China surpassed the United States in the number of trademark registrations issued per year. China has already become a very important stakeholder in the intellectual property area. This article provides a glimpse into how China has tackled the remedies in IP infringement.
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Start Page: Decorate your documents for the holidays (and beyond)

December 14, 2016
Seth Wilson
One of the best (or worst?) features of Microsoft Word is its automatic formatting. Properly understood, Microsoft Word’s automatic behavior controls are incredibly helpful.
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Indiana Judges Association: Are we ignoring an obvious truth?

December 14, 2016
David Dreyer
Is due process any less of a right when a family faces eviction than when a person faces criminal charges? The legal profession has been trying to answer that question for about 100 years.
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Neutral Corner: lessons from golf for mediation

December 14, 2016
John Van Winkle
The preamble to the mediation rule could have easily provided, as do the rules of golf, that the mediation rules are guided by the historical principles of the legal profession and the importance that mediation be conducted with integrity and in accordance with these principles.
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Quick: Remember the millennials when marketing your firm

December 14, 2016
Jon Quick
You might be missing more than one-quarter of the population in marketing your law firm. I am talking about missing the millennials.
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Hammerle on ... 'Manchester by the Sea,' 'Moana,' 'The Eagle Huntress'

December 14, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Manchester by the Sea" is the true definition of a work of ark.
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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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  1. He TIL team,please zap this comment too since it was merely marking a scammer and not reflecting on the story. Thanks, happy Monday, keep up the fine work.

  2. You just need my social security number sent to your Gmail account to process then loan, right? Beware scammers indeed.

  3. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

  4. 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.

  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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