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Hammerle on ... '20th Century Women,' Tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, John Hurt and Barbara Hale

February 8, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle wanted "20th Century Women" to be a better movie than it was.
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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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  1. Actually, and most strikingly, the ruling failed to address the central issue to the whole case: Namely, Black Knight/LPS, who was NEVER a party to the State court litigation, and who is under a 2013 consent judgment in Indiana (where it has stipulated to the forgery of loan documents, the ones specifically at issue in my case)never disclosed itself in State court or remediated the forged loan documents as was REQUIRED of them by the CJ. In essence, what the court is willfully ignoring, is that it is setting a precedent that the supplier of a defective product, one whom is under a consent judgment stipulating to such, and under obligation to remediate said defective product, can: 1.) Ignore the CJ 2.) Allow counsel to commit fraud on the state court 3.) Then try to hide behind Rooker Feldman doctrine as a bar to being held culpable in federal court. The problem here is the court is in direct conflict with its own ruling(s) in Johnson v. Pushpin Holdings & Iqbal- 780 F.3d 728, at 730 “What Johnson adds - what the defendants in this suit have failed to appreciate—is that federal courts retain jurisdiction to award damages for fraud that imposes extrajudicial injury. The Supreme Court drew that very line in Exxon Mobil ... Iqbal alleges that the defendants conducted a racketeering enterprise that predates the state court’s judgments ...but Exxon Mobil shows that the Rooker Feldman doctrine asks what injury the plaintiff asks the federal court to redress, not whether the injury is “intertwined” with something else …Because Iqbal seeks damages for activity that (he alleges) predates the state litigation and caused injury independently of it, the Rooker-Feldman doctrine does not block this suit. It must be reinstated.” So, as I already noted to others, I now have the chance to bring my case to SCOTUS; the ruling by Wood & Posner is flawed on numerous levels,BUT most troubling is the fact that the authors KNOW it's a flawed ruling and choose to ignore the flaws for one simple reason: The courts have decided to agree with former AG Eric Holder that national banks "Are too big to fail" and must win at any cost-even that of due process, case precedent, & the truth....Let's see if SCOTUS wants a bite at the apple.

  2. I am in NJ & just found out that there is a judgment against me in an action by Driver's Solutions LLC in IN. I was never served with any Court pleadings, etc. and the only thing that I can find out is that they were using an old Staten Island NY address for me. I have been in NJ for over 20 years and cannot get any response from Drivers Solutions in IN. They have a different lawyer now. I need to get this vacated or stopped - it is now almost double & at 18%. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  3. I am in NJ & just found out that there is a judgment against me in an action by Driver's Solutions LLC in IN. I was never served with any Court pleadings, etc. and the only thing that I can find out is that they were using an old Staten Island NY address for me. I have been in NJ for over 20 years and cannot get any response from Drivers Solutions in IN. They have a different lawyer now. I need to get this vacated or stopped - it is now almost double & at 18%. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  4. Please I need help with my class action lawsuits, im currently in pro-se and im having hard time findiNG A LAWYER TO ASSIST ME

  5. Access to the court (judiciary branch of government) is the REAL problem, NOT necessarily lack of access to an attorney. Unfortunately, I've lived in a legal and financial hell for the past six years due to a divorce (where I was, supposedly, represented by an attorney) in which I was defrauded of settlement and the other party (and helpers) enriched through the fraud. When I attempted to introduce evidence and testify (pro se) in a foreclosure/eviction, I was silenced (apparently on procedural grounds, as research I've done since indicates). I was thrown out of a residence which was to be sold, by a judge who refused to allow me to speak in (the supposedly "informal") small claims court where the eviction proceeding (by ex-brother-in-law) was held. Six years and I can't even get back on solid or stable ground ... having bank account seized twice, unlawfully ... and now, for the past year, being dragged into court - again, contrary to law and appellate decisions - by former attorney, who is trying to force payment from exempt funds. Friday will mark fifth appearance. Hopefully, I'll be allowed to speak. The situation I find myself in shouldn't even be possible, much less dragging out with no end in sight, for years. I've done nothing wrong, but am watching a lot of wrong being accomplished under court jurisdiction; only because I was married to someone who wanted and was granted a divorce (but was not willing to assume the responsibilities that come with granting the divorce). In fact, the recalcitrant party was enriched by well over $100k, although it was necessarily split with other actors. Pro bono help? It's a nice dream ... but that's all it is, for too many. Meanwhile, injustice marches on.

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