Opinion

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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Dean's Desk: A troubling focus by the ABA on the bar exam

November 16, 2016
Austen Parrish
For those in legal education, the bar exam has oddly emerged as a key focus.
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Hammerle On… 'A Man Called Ove,' 'Doctor Strange'

November 16, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "A Man Called Ove" has many strengths and will bring you to the edge of tears.
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Metzel: Your view on the practice of law will shape your career

November 2, 2016
I challenge you to consider — early in your career — how you perceive the practice of law. This process may impact your career decisions and the manner in which you choose or choose not to utilize your legal education.
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Hammerle on... 'Denial'

November 2, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says trial lawyers must see "Denial."
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Start Page: Outlook Quick Steps can break email full-court press

November 2, 2016
Seth Wilson
Create one to three Quick Steps that you will commit to using for the next week. Then, practice those quick first steps.
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Eye on Profession: Our profession needs to be ready for rocky times ahead

November 2, 2016
John Trimble
I have the pleasure today to launch the inaugural offering of a new Indiana Lawyer column entitled, “Eye on the Profession.” The plan is to do my best to share commentary and insight on issues of the day that are or will be impacting our profession.
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DTCI: Calling corporate counsel! Join your defense colleagues

November 2, 2016
Kevin Tyra
While the roles of defense trial counsel (particularly “outside” counsel or panel counsel in the law firm setting) and corporate and in-house counsel are often different, we have much in common.
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In-Box: Using police body cameras

November 2, 2016
Keffer Barnhart attorneys write that police departments should want to use body cameras, as they can serve as data gathering and quality control tools.
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Price: A look at the past, present and future of mediation

October 5, 2016
Whether experience will show one “model” prevailing or whether we have an environment where mediation is an amalgam of each type driven by the circumstances of the case, one thing is beyond dispute: Mediation is here to stay.
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Hussmann: Early intervention can provide desired effects

October 5, 2016
For those of us in the dispute resolution business, “desired effects” — justice — must remain an important component of the outcome if the system is to be perceived as fair and useful.
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Neutral Corner: Indiana’s ADR Rules adopted 25 years ago

October 5, 2016
John Van Winkle
Although mediation became the main thrust of the ADR Rules, mediation as now known was not the central feature of the rules originally proposed.
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Indiana Judges Association: Will paper remain at the end of the e-filing tunnel?

October 5, 2016
David Dreyer
The benefits of “going paperless” can be exciting. A municipal court in suburban Seattle recently reported saving $500,000 annually by e-filing.
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DTCI: Some lessons learned while on the DTCI board

October 5, 2016
Jamie Oss
Since I am soon leaving the DTCI board of directors and moving on to the ISBA Board of Governors, I thought that I would share a few lessons that I have learned over the years, both on the board and off, as my last director’s column.
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Hammerle on... 'The Magnificent Seven,' 'Snowden,' 'The Hollars'

October 5, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Snowden" serves as a reminder to Americans how we have largely lost our privacy.
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Young: Remembering US Probation Officer Tom Gahl

September 21, 2016
Sept. 22, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most tragic day in the history of the Southern District of Indiana: the murder of United States Probation Officer Thomas E. Gahl.
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Start Page: The appeal of the newest Apple iPhone? The core

September 21, 2016
Seth Wilson
This article will provide a brief overview of the new features available on the iPhone 7 to help you determine if it’s time to upgrade.
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Federal Bar Update: Show up and pay attention to court matters

September 21, 2016
John Maley
In the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, from time to time the federal bench has found it necessary to comment on deficient practitioner performance. A recent example also serves as a reminder of some basic principles in this age of phone conferences.
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Hammerle on…'The Light Between Oceans,' 'Sully'

September 21, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle recommends "The Light Between Oceans," but will never watch it again.
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Sugarman: SCOTUS affirms wetland determinations subject to review

September 7, 2016
On May 31, the United States Supreme Court once again unanimously delivered a victory for landowners who wish to challenge wetlands determinations handed down by the federal government.
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Wagner: Who will pay to clean up Indiana's polluted deep aquifers?

September 7, 2016
Bill Wagner
With fewer taxpayer dollars to fund the Superfund program, the responsible parties left standing would have to bear the costs for others that have either gone out of business or filed for bankruptcy.
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Bell/Whelan: 3 things to know about requests for client information

September 7, 2016
James Bell, Jessica Whelan
Here are three things to know when a third party requests information about your client, including don’t be cooperative, civil or otherwise charming.
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