Opinion

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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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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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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