Opinion

Editorial: Preservation of judicial impartiality a win

September 1, 2010
Editorial Indiana Lawyer
Here at the newspaper, we don’t like to see anything put the brakes on the sharing of opinions.
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Indiana Judges Association: Plain English? Revisions plain common senseRestricted Content

September 1, 2010
David Dreyer
“The Indiana Model Civil Jury Instructions, written in plain English, are now available. … The new instructions were prepared by the Civil Instructions Committee of the Indiana Judges Association.”
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DTCI: Hands-free cell calls while driving are not safer

September 1, 2010
James Hehner
It is hoped that you had the opportunity to read an article written by my friend, Dave Temple, regarding the dangers of using your cell phone or PDA while driving, which was published in the March 17-30, 2010, edition of the Indiana Lawyer.
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Federal Bar Update: More federal rule changes on horizonRestricted Content

August 18, 2010
John Maley
For 2010, the Supreme Court approved a package of amendments in late April that will amend several appellate rules, bankruptcy rules, criminal rules, civil rules, and an evidence rule.
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Sidebars: Lunch at Pioneer Village most fulfilling, leisurely

August 18, 2010
Jennifer Lukemeyer, Fred Vaiana
Remember folks, the premise behind this article is not merely to make eatery suggestions, it is also to encourage a bit of leisure over the lunch hour with your colleague, mentor/mentee, opposing counsel, or a friend.
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Editorial: Nature of work requires adequate safety plan

August 18, 2010
IL Staff
A few days after then-U.S. District Court Judge David Hamilton ruled in late 2005 in Anthony Hinrichs, et al. v. Brian Bosma, et al., that sectarian prayer could not be used to open legislative sessions, we received a phone call from someone who wanted the judge’s e-mail address and contact information. We declined to give that information.
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Editorial: Remove obstacles that discourage voters

August 4, 2010
Editorial Indiana Lawyer
Casting a ballot in an election ought to be a simple thing for a citizen to do. But there are those who would make it as difficult as possible for some to exercise their franchise.
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Indiana Judges Association: Instructions in plain language a natural next stepRestricted Content

August 4, 2010
John Pera
The Judicial Administration Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana began conducting research on jury reform in 1997. At approximately the same time, the Indiana Supreme Court organized citizens, attorneys, and judges to form the Citizens Commission for the Future of Indiana Courts.
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DTCI: Anchors away! Navigate to the DRI annual meeting

August 4, 2010
Thomas Schultz
Have you ever considered what it would be like to stand aboard an aircraft carrier? Have you ever wanted to meet and learn from a Navy Seal who survived on his own behind enemy lines in Afghanistan?
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Editorial: Concerns about budget cuts warranted

July 21, 2010
Editorial Indiana Lawyer
We believe the state of Indiana has hit bone with a budget cut instituted earlier this month.
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Sidebars: Despite detour, lunch did not disappoint

July 21, 2010
Jennifer Lukemeyer, Fred Vaiana
Sometimes you have to go with Plan B when it comes to finding a place to eat.
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Technology Untangled: Multifunction copier lacks key functions

July 21, 2010
Stephen Bour
Bour takes a look at a multifunction copier from Canon that disappointed him.
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Federal Bar Update: Permissible fishing in discovery processRestricted Content

July 7, 2010
John Maley
John Maley writes about how one recent discovery order is interesting and has potential broader significance beyond the dispute between the parties.
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Editorial: Next choice for Indiana Supreme Court must be a woman

July 7, 2010
Editorial Indiana Lawyer
The future is now for the high court.
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Technology Untangled: New conference phone offers unique features

June 23, 2010
Stephen Bour
Stephen Bour purchased a new piece of office technology recently: a high-quality conference phone with impressive features.
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Editorial: New judges add more than needed diversity

June 23, 2010
Rebecca Collier
Those of us on staff here at the newspaper that grew up in Indiana and were of a certain age to pay attention to the news can likely recall when Judge Sarah Evans Barker was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Editorial: Don't keep quiet, join a healthy debate

June 9, 2010
Editorial Indiana Lawyer
We know you have opinions – thoughtful, reasonable ones that would make for great discourse in the newspaper. But getting you to share them is more difficult than we would like.
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Indiana Judges Association: Choose between the good and the goodRestricted Content

June 9, 2010
David Dreyer
Judge David J. Dreyer urges the governor to appoint a Notre Dame Law School alum.
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DTCI: The broad scope of MDA preemption

June 9, 2010
John Twohy
In a series of decisions culminating in Riegel v. Medtronic, Inc.,  federal courts came to recognize that the Medial Device Amendments preempted not only traditional products liability claims such as those based on an alleged defect or implied warranty but also causes of action premised on theories such as consumer fraud.
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Editorial: Hunt for victims' rights

May 26, 2010
Editorial Indiana Lawyer

Here at the newspaper, we’re big fans of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. But we understand the need for and exuberance some individuals feel for the Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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Letter to the editor: Distracted driving results in tragedy

April 28, 2010
The other day as I was reading through the March 17-30, 2010 issue of Indiana Lawyer, my attention was called to David Temple's article "Be smart: Don't use cell phone while driving!"
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Letter to editor: Articles attack integrity

April 28, 2010
You can imagine my surprise upon reading articles in the Indiana Lawyer, The Indianapolis Star, and the Indianapolis Business Journal falsely impugning my integrity and the integrity of our law firm.
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Editorial: Political pomposity a disservice to public

April 28, 2010
Editorial Indiana Lawyer
Dawn Johnsen deserved the nomination, and definitely was the right woman for the job, but unfortunately partisan vitriol appears to be worth more in Washington, D.C., than doing the right thing.
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Technology Untangled: Windows 7 provides compatibility with XP

April 28, 2010
Stephen Bour
One of the problems with upgrading to a new computer every few years is that you often must upgrade to a new version of Windows. This time around, it's Windows 7.
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Opinion: One inattentive moment is all it takes

April 28, 2010
Lee Christie
In the March 17-30, 2010, issue of Indiana Lawyer, my colleague David A. Temple authored an informative article on cellular phone use while driving. In closing his article, he posed the question, "[w]ho will care for, raise and play with your family when you are disabled or dead?"
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