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7th Circuit: Marion County judge elections unconstitutional

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
The way Marion County judges are elected is unconstitutional, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, throwing out a system that assured an even split of Democratic and Republican judges and facilitated a pay-to-play party slating system.
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Judge orders resentencing for Indiana teen in sex case

September 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge in Niles, Michigan, has ordered resentencing for a 19-year-old from Indiana who had to register as a sex offender in two states because he had consensual sex with a 14-year-old Michigan girl he met online who lied about her age.
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Child interviewer’s vouching testimony reverses molest convictions

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
A man convicted of three counts of Class A felony child molesting must be retried because the trial court erred by admitting testimony from a forensic interviewer who said there was no evidence the alleged victims had been coached.
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Tax Court affirms assessments in exclusive addition

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
Arguments that land assessments in one of Allen County’s most exclusive residential additions should have been about one-third of the final valuation failed to persuade the Indiana Tax Court.
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Supreme Court releases annual report

September 9, 2015
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has released its annual report covering the fiscal year July 1, 2014-July 1, 2015. The report may be viewed here.
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COA resurrects lawsuit against Ford Motor Co.

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Although an expert did run additional tests after the discovery deadline, the Indiana Court of Appeals found the wholesale exclusion of his testimony was too severe and is allowing a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. to continue.
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Defendant fails to convince 7th Circuit he did not know his returns were false

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Describing the tax returns as “patently false and utterly groundless,” the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals kicked aside a defendant’s argument that he believed the government owed him $900,000.
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7th Circuit: Marion County judicial elections unconstitutional

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
The way Marion County judges are elected is unconstitutional, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, throwing out a 40-year-old system that ensured an even split of Democratic and Republican judges and facilitated a pay-to-play party slating system.
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3 things to know about the ethics of files

September 9, 2015
James Bell, Jessica Whelan
A formal opinion recently issued by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility sheds light on what materials belong to the client.
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Indy nonprofit, law firm help curb childhood diseases

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
Lauren Braun has been helping safeguard the health of children in impoverished countries for years. A small band she’s developed could bring those efforts full circle with a pro bono assist from a small band of Indianapolis lawyers.
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Patent hub playing matchmaker for inventors, pro bono attorneys

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Under a mandate from Congress to help independent inventors, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office started opening patent hubs around the country. The Center for Intellectual Property Research at Indiana University Maurer School of Law will be the hub serving Indiana.
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Mental health inquiries get fresh look from the ABA

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana State Board of Bar Examiners is again reviewing its mental health questions in light of new guidance from the American Bar Association, but at this point, the board has no plans to make changes to the inquiries.
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Senior partner performs at ballroom dance competitions

September 9, 2015
Teryn Armstrong
Peter Velde, a senior partner at Kightlinger & Gray LLP, enjoys the many benefits of ballroom dancing, and has participated in four dance competitions alongside his wife, Doreen.
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Indianapolis lawyer to advocate for attorneys as ISBA president

September 9, 2015
Teryn Armstrong
On Oct. 9, Carol Adinamis will become the third woman to serve as president of the Indiana State Bar Association in its 119-year history.
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ISBA sets schedule for annual meeting in October

September 9, 2015
IBJ Staff
Indiana attorneys are invited to the 119th Annual Meeting of the Indiana State Bar Association where they can learn and network with their colleagues from across the state. The event will be Oct. 7-9 at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana.
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Leadership Academy project focuses on health, wellness

September 9, 2015
Catherine Clements, Colin Connor, Traci Cosby
the Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Development Academy Class IV strives to promote and educate our colleagues on attorney wellness through a CLE, which will be presented during the ISBA annual meeting at the French Lick Resort Oct. 7-9.
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Advertising rule would put lawyers on notice of violations

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
The House of Delegates will consider three advertising rule changes next month, including a proposal that would give the Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission the option of sending a warning to an attorney whose ads may violate Rules of Professional Conduct.
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Unconscious bias impact focus of ISBA presentation

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Kimberly Papillon, a California attorney and expert in the area of implicit bias, will be presenting her program, The Neuroscience of Legal and Judicial Decision Making, at the ISBA annual meeting. It will explore the things that can unconsciously interfere with how an individual makes decisions.
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Open House: Move north proves positive for Schuckit & Associates

September 9, 2015
IL Staff
The new location contains a calmer, more relaxed and “dog-friendly” environment for lawyers and staff.
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DTCI: Candor toward tribunal trumps attorney-client privilege

September 9, 2015
Jamie Oss
The requirement for candor toward the tribunal is set forth in Indiana Rule of Professional Conduct 3.3, and it qualifies the attorney-client privilege.
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Sotomayor draws admirers at Notre Dame

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
Sharing candid, deeply personal experiences, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor inspired an overflow crowd Sept. 2 at the University of Notre Dame. She held court for nearly two hours, answering questions from Notre Dame alumna, trustee and NBC News reporter Anne Thompson.
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Students committed to Indiana Tech

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
As Indiana Tech Law School begins its third year, it is welcoming a very small class of first-year students and, anticipating its second attempt at gaining ABA approval will be successful, positioning its third-year students to take the state bar exam.
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Nothing is more important to democracy than civic literacy

September 9, 2015
Kelly Sharp
As we approach the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution this Sept. 17, we might consider where civic literacy is taking place.
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Jailed clerk who fought gay marriage is ordered released

September 8, 2015
 Associated Press
After five days behind bars, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was ordered released from jail Tuesday by the judge who locked her up for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in the Kentucky county.
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Justices take 2 sex offender registry appeals

September 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court took two appeals last week challenging the application of the state’s Sex Offender Registry Act. The cases are among five transfers granted for the week ending Sept. 4.
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