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Johnsen bows out out 15-month partisan battleRestricted Content

April 14, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Indiana has lost a chance at having one of its own law professors be chosen to lead a top Department of Justice post, where she would have helped advise the president and executive branch on questions about the Constitution and interpretation of the law.
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Legal community reflects on prosecutor issuesRestricted Content

April 14, 2010
Michael Hoskins
As controversy swirls around the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, attorneys throughout Indiana have their eyes on how the ethical issues can be a lesson for the state's legal community.
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Valparaiso sports law clinic keeps busyRestricted Content

April 14, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
While a Sports Law Clinic at an Indiana law school hasn't gone to the Olympics since the 2006 winter games in Torino, Italy, it doesn't mean they haven't been busy.
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Supreme Court disbars attorney

April 14, 2010
The Indiana Supreme Court disbarred a northern Indiana attorney April 1 for violating the terms of a previous suspension, entering into an improper business transaction with a client, and engaging in dishonest conduct.
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IP attorney heads fundraising campaign for United WayRestricted Content

April 14, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Possibly the first practicing attorney to take on a task of this nature, veteran lawyer Don Knebel has set out as the 2010 campaign chair to expand the United Way donor base and raise as much as $40 million this year in central Indiana.
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Brizzi regrets perception damage

April 14, 2010
Michael Hoskins
If he had it to do over again, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he wouldn't get involved in a real estate deal with a local criminal defense attorney.
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Indiana chief justice getting national award

April 13, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will receive a prestigious award from the American Judicature Society, recognizing his judicial excellence in the state.
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AG objects to East Chicago settlement

April 12, 2010
IL Staff
The Indiana Attorney General has filed an objection to a City of East Chicago deal with Second Century, a for-profit company that has received casino money, that would settle a lawsuit between the parties.
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Court reverses handgun conviction

April 12, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed today a defendant's conviction of carrying a handgun without a license because the circumstantial evidence doesn't support that the man had the requisite intent to constructively possess the gun.
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Law professor ends 15-month nomination battle

April 12, 2010
Michael Hoskins
On a historic day when a longtime U.S. Supreme Court justice announced his retirement and an Indianapolis judge marked his investiture to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, an Indiana law professor withdrew her name from consideration for a post with the Department of Justice.
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SCOTUS chief visits law school

April 8, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
The chief justice of the United States talked about the history of the Supreme Court to a full house Wednesday night at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and took audience questions at the annual James P. White Lecture on Legal Education.
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Justices grant 2 transfers

April 6, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to consider cases that involve a trial court's handling of a mentally ill murder defendant, and whether the First Amendment protects a volunteer firefighter's e-mails about the township department's financial situation.
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Indiana soldiers refile suit against contractors

April 5, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
Members of the Indiana National Guard have refiled a toxic exposure suit against Texas contractors in a Houston federal court. The suit, originally filed in Indiana federal court in 2008, was dismissed in February for lack of personal jurisdiction.
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Judge dissents on qualified immunity issue

April 5, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
Judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed as to whether law enforcement officers were entitled to qualified immunity for their use of flash-bang devices in attempting to remove a suicidal man from his home.
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Court puts death penalty case on hold

April 2, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed an Indianapolis judge's decision on a death penalty case, putting a condemned convict's death penalty appeal on hold indefinitely because of his current mental state.
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FMLA leave doesn't accrue hours for benefits

April 2, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed an Indiana District judge's decision that an employee on family medical leave doesn't accrue those hours for benefits and can be fired for violating attendance policies.
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Maintenance affects state courts online services

April 1, 2010
IL Staff
Scheduled maintenance will make several online services provided on the Indiana Court's Web site unavailable beginning today at 7 p.m.
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COA upholds termination of parental rights

April 1, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the termination of a mother and father's parental rights based on sufficient evidence. The appellate court also found the mother couldn't appeal on the basis that the Department of Child Services failed to prove her drug use when she repeatedly refused to submit to drug testing.
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Judges disagree on retroactive support issue

March 31, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
In a matter of first impression, a panel of Indiana Court of Appeals judges couldn't agree on whether an initial support order can be retroactive to a date preceding the filing of a petition for resolution. The judges disagreed as to whether a court has the authority to reach into an intact marriage and order a party to pay child support to the other.
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COA sets standard in parental rights cases

March 31, 2010
Michael Hoskins
In addressing a statutory inconsistency on parental rights terminations, the Indiana Court of Appeals has held that trial judges must offer findings of fact in those types of cases just as they're required to by law for children in need of services cases and grandparent visitation matters.
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Indiana juvenile justice bill first in nationRestricted Content

March 31, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
In what started at a summit hosted by the Indiana State Bar Association in August, House Enrolled Act 1193, which authorizes a work study commission to consider various juvenile justice issues in Indiana, was signed by the governor March 17.
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Legal process on mental illness isn't yet where it should beRestricted Content

March 31, 2010
Michael Hoskins
Courts nationally began in the mid-1990s to focus on mental illness and how the judiciary could fine-tune what it does to better address that issue. But many within the Hoosier legal community say that the criminal justice system hasn't gone far enough in the past decade, and both the courts and society are a long way from where they need to be on addressing mental illness.
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The Midwest, Indianapolis legal markets prime for opportunitiesRestricted Content

March 31, 2010
Elizabeth Brockett
Sommer Barnard. Locke Reynolds. Dann Pecar Newman & Kleiman. Those are just a few Indiana law firm names that are now only part of history.
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Lawyers support ISBA's oral history projectRestricted Content

March 31, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Having read some of the transcripts from an oral history project, it's easy to see why members of the Indiana State Bar Association's Senior Lawyers Section decided to interview men and women who've significantly contributed to the practice of law in Indiana.
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Non-profit offers legal aid to food pantry clientsRestricted Content

March 31, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
On a sunny, brisk Tuesday morning in March, the parking lot for the St. Vincent de Paul Society warehouse on the northeast side of Indianapolis was completely full.
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