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IBA: Committee stresses civility, member outreach

March 17, 2010
From IndyBar
Mentoring and assisting lawyers of all ages and experiences are among the goals of the 2010 IBA Standing Committee on Professionalism, according to the 2010 committee chairs, Hon. William T. Lawrence, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, and Kathleen I. Hart, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. T
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Justices hear voter ID case arguments

March 17, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments March 4 about the state's controversial voter identification law, and is considering whether the requirements impose an unconstitutional burden on some voters who can't obtain the necessary photo ID cards.
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Agencies examine UPL

March 17, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Long before he became Greenwood's police chief, attorney Joe Pitcher recalls sitting as a special judge in town court and facing an Unauthorized Practice of Law case that may be one of few like it in Indiana.
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Legislature's final days bring up merit selection, out-of-state placement issues

March 17, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Hoosier lawyers and judges were kept on the edge of their seats as the Indiana General Assembly navigated its final days of the session, reviving talk on two issues that have significant impact on the state's judiciary and legal system.
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Senate Judiciary Committee approves Johnsen

March 17, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
More than a year since she was first nominated to head the Office of Legal Counsel, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee March 4 approved Indiana law professor Dawn Johnsen along party lines for the second time.
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German law student chooses Indianapolis firm for unique internship

March 17, 2010
Michael Hoskins
During the early months of the year you might have found Andreas Wissman clerking at an Indianapolis firm, having dinner at a state appellate judge's home, observing a civil or criminal trial in federal court, or even paging at the Indiana Statehouse. But the well-versed 28-year-old law student isn't a permanent part of the Hoosier legal community.
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RICO case against former East Chicago mayor nets $108M in damages

March 17, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A federal judge has ordered an ex-mayor and top allies to pay more than $108 million in damages for a voting scandal a decade ago, but in doing so he's rejected the Indiana Attorney General's most novel and far-reaching legal arguments in a landmark civil racketeering case centered on public corruption in East Chicago.
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Re-entry program offers support, services to inmates

March 17, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
It's not a secret this is a tough economy. Add in a criminal record and time served, and that only complicates one's situation when looking for a job, housing, treatment, or other services.
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Juvenile justice filmmaker lauded

March 17, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Calamari Productions and MSNBC will receive the Alliance for Women in Media's 2010 Gracie Allen Award for an outstanding series at the organization's 35th anniversary gala event in May in Hollywood.
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High school basketball stars go on to become Indianapolis attorneys

March 17, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Before they were lawyers, Jeff Oliphant and Tony Patterson were pivotal players in the Hoosier Hysteria that is high school basketball.
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Legislature, courts navigate uncertainty about registry laws

March 3, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Hoosier lawmakers are revising state law following the confusion created by an Indiana Supreme Court ruling last year, which involves how convicted sex offenders can be removed from a statewide registry if they believe registration wasn't required at the time of their conviction.
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States mull attorneys' designation

March 3, 2010
Michael Hoskins
For years, Indianapolis attorney Scott Montross has been a Super Lawyer. He's been on the list and for the most part has been one of the top designees in the state time and time again.
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IP meets pop culture

March 3, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
A class of 10 students at Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington has been getting hands-on experience helping an intellectual property lawyer who works with musicians, actors, and other entertainers on contract and intellectual property issues.
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House OKs child support-casino bill

March 3, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Lawmakers have passed a bill that allows the Indiana Department of Child Services to more efficiently collect delinquent child support, including a gaming intercept requiring casinos to check whether gamers are on a state delinquency list before releasing large jackpots to them.
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Indiana Judges Association: Legislative gridlock? Let the judges handle it

March 3, 2010
David J.
Now that Sen. Evan Bayh has apparently adopted the "Bill Polian" approach to political football (rest now for a later challenge), the term "gridlock" is becoming more common than "gridiron."
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Pregnant teller's shooter sentenced

February 17, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
Brian Kendrick was convicted and sentenced for the 2008 shooting of Indianapolis bank teller Katherin Shuffield, who was nearly six months pregnant with twins at the time.
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Committee queries federal nominees

February 17, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee had a chance to ask questions of Indiana's three judicial nominees Feb. 11, and it's now poised to decide whether the full Senate should have a chance to consider them for the federal bench.
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New MCBA president discusses role of minority bar

February 17, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
While the Marion County Bar Association was originally founded in the 1920s as an answer to other bar associations that didn't allow minority members to join, the organization remains relevant as a support system to its members and a voice for minority attorneys in central Indiana.
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Juvenile justice bill passes Senate

February 3, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
A bill that incorporated suggestions from attendees and organizers of an Indiana State Bar Association-sponsored juvenile justice summit last summer passed the Indiana Senate 45-3 Feb. 18.
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Nominations would fill 3 U.S. District judicial posts.

January 20, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A federal magistrate, a trial court judge, and a banking attorney who's served as a federal and county prosecutor are in line to be the newest additions to Indiana's federal bench.
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Indiana's legal aid in economic trouble?

October 29, 2008
Rebecca Berfanger
With a legal aid agency closing in Fort Wayne, what's ahead for other legal aid providers in Indiana?
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Lawyer advertising spurs State Bar survey plan

October 15, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Hoosiers will soon be asked whether "ambulance chasing" attorneys should have to wait 30 days after an accident or injury before directly contacting potential clients by mail.
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Attorneys scrutinize ad ruling

October 15, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Two Indianapolis law firm partners wonder why they were not given a chance to prevent potential lawyer advertising violations as colleagues have been given off and on through the years.
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Editorial: State should avoid selection slugfests

July 23, 2008
Editorial Indiana Lawyer
We'd like to see the average voter know more about our appellate courts.
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Voter ID questions remain after SCOTUS ruling

May 14, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The primary election in Indiana has come and gone. Voters had to show photo identification, the same as in other recent elections, but it was the first since the nation's highest court upheld the almost three-year-old state statute requiring specific ID at the polls.
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  1. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  2. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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