Opinion

Start Page: Exploring alternatives to using email

February 15, 2012
Kim Brand
Email is war – you are a prisoner. Your inbox, once littered with annoying spam, now delivers a super-abundance of information. The torrent defies your effort to organize, classify, prioritize and respond to those that are critical versus those that are merely interesting. Bad news: it’s only going to get worse.
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Technology Untangled: Intel WiDi laptops provide wireless HDTV display

February 1, 2012
Stephen Bour
Stephen Bour looks at using WiDi for law firm and courtroom presentations.
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BGBC: Calculating lost profits requires analysis

February 1, 2012
Computing the lost profits of a business as a result of a wrongful act is a complex task. And many times, the question to ask is: “But for” a wrongful act, what would the profits be? What would the value be?
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Dean's Desk: Indianapolis law school enters new era

January 18, 2012
Robert H. McKinney School of Law Dean Gary R. Roberts writes about the multi-million dollar gift the Indianapolis law school received in December 2011.
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Lucas: IL puts the call out for leaders in the law

January 18, 2012
Kelly Lucas
Lucas encourages nominations for an up-and-coming lawyer or distinguished barrister for Indiana Lawyer's Leadership in Law awards.
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Sidebars: Super sandwich list misses the mark

January 18, 2012
Jennifer Lukemeyer, Fred Vaiana
Frederick Vaiana suggests what sandwiches should have made the list of the state's top 46 sandwiches.
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Federal Bar Update: Removal and venue changes now in effect

January 18, 2012
John Maley
Maley writes about the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011.
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Lucas: Trial reports give glimpse into litigation strategies

January 4, 2012
The Indiana Lawyer would like to revive the trial report section of the newspaper in 2012.
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Start Page: Protecting those pesky passwords is necessary evil

January 4, 2012
Kim Brand
Author Kim Brand says: you don’t like passwords or complicated password policies and you don’t think a secure password is worth the trouble.
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Book review: 'Judge the Jury' looks at juror handwriting

December 21, 2011
Rodney Nordstrom
Trial consultant Rodney Nordstrom offers his thoughts on Alice Weiser's book on using graphoanalysis to pick jurors.
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Federal Bar Update: Removal and venue changes are on the horizon

December 21, 2011
John Maley
With the recent passage of the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011, key statutory changes to removal and venue are on the horizon.
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Judge in high-stakes suit praises lawyers

December 21, 2011
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis class-action attorney Irwin Levin just helped lead a legal team that is going to collect more than $6.7 million in fees in a high-profile Iowa lawsuit involving price fixing in the concrete industry.
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Technology Untangled: Using smartphones to enhance shopping

December 7, 2011
Stephen Bour
With the holiday season in full swing, Stephen Bour looks at some smartphone applications that you may find helpful in your quest for the perfect gifts at the perfect price.
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Lucas: Expanded coverage helps you stay informed

December 7, 2011
Kelly Lucas

Editor Kelly Lucas discusses changes to the Indiana Lawyer daily.

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Indiana Judges Association: Dealing with different takes on language

December 7, 2011
David Dreyer
A trial judge’s job is often befuddling. We have to differentiate between peoples’ language, their values, even their competing views about what language means.
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Column: Innovative trial techniques on a shoestring budget

November 23, 2011
Editorial Indiana
Legal technology consultant Deanna Finney offers inexpensive trail and practice strategies that all lawyers can incorporate.
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Lucas: Maintaining your Thanksgiving state of mind

November 23, 2011
Kelly Lucas
IL Editor Kelly Lucas writes about keeping a focus on issues of importance and that maintain sense of gratitude.
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Column: Learning to be thankful can improve your life

November 23, 2011
Jonna Kane MacDougall
Quality of Life columnist Jonna Kane MacDougall discusses how gratitude can improve a person's life.
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Column: Does your client's business have a will?

November 9, 2011
Investment firm managing director Greg Maurer wants attorneys to ask their business clients "What happens to my business if I die tomorrow?"
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Column: ISBA Young Lawyers Section has busy year

November 9, 2011
Michael Jasaitis writes about the activities performed by the state bar's Young Lawyers Section and the benefits of joining.
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Morris: It's election season - is anyone paying attention?

November 9, 2011
IBJ Media president Greg Morris writes about the importance of participating in civic life.
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Lucas: State bar emphasizes attorney wellness in 2012

November 9, 2011
Kelly Lucas
Editor Kelly Lucas writes about the Indiana State Bar Association's emphasis on attorney fitness and wellness.
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Federal Bar Update: Comments sought for changes to local rules

November 9, 2011
John Maley
John Maley writes about changes coming to local rules in each District Court.
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Van Winkle: Should Indiana adopt Uniform Mediation Act?

October 26, 2011
John Van Winkle
John Van Winkle writes that the incorporation of all or parts of the Uniform Mediation Act into the Indiana ADR Rule 2 covering mediation would bring clarity to the scope and extent of confidentiality in mediation.
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Technology Untangled: Cloud computing - a glimpse from the cloud

October 26, 2011
Stephen Bour
Just what exactly is the cloud?
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  2. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  3. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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