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DTCI: Kudos

October 21, 2015
From DTCI
Congratulations to Gary J. Clendening, 1986 president of DTCI, who retired from the active practice of law on Oct. 1.
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October 21, 2015
From DTCI
The northern Indiana young lawyers got to know each other better at a happy hour in Merrillville on Sept. 17 organized by the DTCI Young Lawyers Committee.
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DTCI: Indiana adopts the majority view on contractual liability exclusions

October 21, 2015
From DTCI
This article examines the basis for the Kopetsky court’s holding regarding contractual liabilities, identifies what the holding means and does not mean for insurance carriers, and discusses what insurers can do to effect a broader exclusion.
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DTCI: Second chair is not second fiddle

October 7, 2015
From DTCI
I had the privilege of being the second chair at my first jury trial in March of this year. As I begin preparations for my next trial as second chair, I have been reflecting on what I learned the first go-round. I share my thoughts here with the hope that they will help other young attorneys – or even a seasoned attorney when he or she mentors young attorneys.
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Court provides guidance to worker’s comp practice

September 23, 2015
Ann Stewart
These decisions reveal the board’s position on issues before it and provide practice refreshers and guidance to attorneys who practice before the Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana.
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DTCI: Insurance Section Roundtable

September 23, 2015
From DTCI
Join the DTCI Insurance Section for a roundtable discussion with Judge Mark Smith of Hendricks County Superior Court and Judge Matthew Kincaid of Boone Superior Court at Tow Yard Brewing Company in Indianapolis at 3 p.m. on Sept. 24.
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DTCI: Paralegal Service Project

September 23, 2015
From DTCI
The DTCI Paralegal Section is organizing support for a 10-member special operations detachment military troop currently stationed overseas. The troop’s biggest wish is for gift cards to pay for Internet service, which they must buy themselves.
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DTCI: Public access to police body-cam footage

August 26, 2015
Margaret Christensen, Jessica Whelan
In the wake of several highly publicized police encounters with the public leading to the death of the individuals involved, the debate over public access to police body-camera video is heating up.
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DTCI: Kudos

August 26, 2015
From DTCI
Steven S. Hoar has been elected president of the Evansville Bar Association and Jeffrey Ahlers has been named to "The Best Lawyers in America (2016)"
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DTCI: Use of multidistrict litigation continues to rise

August 12, 2015
Christopher Lee
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is charged with creating new MDLs by consolidating related cases pending in federal courts, transferring new cases to existing MDLs, and remanding old cases to their transferor courts once the transferee courts have completed their work.
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DTCI: Court interprets waiver of subrogation clause

July 29, 2015
William Kelley
A waiver of subrogation clause is a typical — but often overlooked — contract provision in design and construction contracts, especially for parties using standard form contracts, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) forms.
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DTCI: Awards nominations invited

July 29, 2015
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel’s Annual Meeting will be held November 19 - 20 at IU Memorial Union.
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DTCI: Kudos

July 29, 2015
From DTCI
The Employment Law trial team at Lewis Wagner, led by partner Stephanie Cassman, secured a defense verdict last week in a federal race discrimination jury trial.
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DTCI: Sign up now for 22nd annual conference and meeting

July 29, 2015
From DTCI
Join us on November 19 & 20 at the IU Memorial Hall for a jam-packed schedule.
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DTCI: Legal questions abound for hands-free driving

July 15, 2015
Matthew Trainor
Although fully autonomous cars will take years to reach the general public, several car manufacturers already sell or have plans within the next year to begin selling cars with hands-free driving features.
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DTCI: Limiting the use of ‘subject to and without waiving’ objections

July 1, 2015
From DTCI
“Subject to and without waiving these objections” is a common phrase that I am sure most of us have used and encountered in discovery responses. Courts, however, are rejecting the phrase and holding that the responding party has waived any objections that may have been asserted. The reasoning makes sense and should encourage most of us to limit our use of the phrase whether we practice in state or federal court.
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DTCI: Impact and questions from EPA draft study on fracking

June 17, 2015
From DTCI
Just shy of 600 pages with a 28-page executive summary to boot, the EPA report concludes that that the agency was unable to find “evidence that ‘mechanisms’ [identified in the report] have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States."
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DTCI: The limits of what’s reasonable

June 3, 2015
From DTCI
This article will analyze the current state of Indiana law and some of the pitfalls that practitioners and employers face when trying to enforce restrictive covenants.
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DTCI: Joint young lawyers cocktail hour

June 3, 2015
From DTCI
On May 14, the young lawyers sections of Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the Marion County Bar Association and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association held a joint networking reception at The Social in Indianapolis.
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DTCI: Defending parallel class actions

May 6, 2015
When tasked with defending parallel class actions in state and federal courts, it will likely be defense counsel’s instinct to concentrate efforts on resolving the nationwide class action.
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DTCI: Rookie Seminar Success

May 6, 2015
From DTCI
Pictures from the recent event held by the Young Lawyers Committee of DTCI.
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DTCI: Counterpoint: Contingency fees require more scrutiny than ever

April 8, 2015
From DTCI
This article is a response to “Contingency fees still help to provide access to courts,” published as a 25th anniversary feature in last month’s Indiana Lawyer.
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DTCI: Stanley v. Walker revisited: Admissibility of discounted Medicare/Medicaid payments as evidence of reasonable value

March 11, 2015
From DTCI
The monumental 2009 Indiana Supreme Court decision in Stanley v. Walker fundamentally changed the way medical expenses are addressed in personal injury litigation. In the years since Stanley, confusion and disagreement have emerged at the intersection of discounted payments and government-paid health benefits.
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DTCI: Best of the blogs

March 11, 2015
From DTCI
Highlights from DTCI member blogs.
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DTCI: Still learning after all these years in practice

February 25, 2015
From DTCI
The practice of law is still exciting and challenging for me, even as I approach my 34th year of practice.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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