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Study shows ‘problematic’ alcohol use by attorneys

March 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
A new study completed by the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has given some much needed data on lawyers struggling with substance abuse and depression.
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Ruling ends statute of repose for some asbestos cases

March 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court’s ruling that the statute of repose does not apply in prolonged asbestos cases could open the door for more cases to be filed, two Indianapolis attorneys said. However, they were split if the decision was the right one.
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Illustrating Indiana legal history

March 23, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Courtroom artists have provided the images that go along with some of the most famous events in legal history. When judges prohibit cameras and video equipment at trials and hearings, television stations and newspapers turn to artists to provide the visuals.
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Disputes increase over who’s an employee and who’s an independent contractor

March 23, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Independent contractors have long been a part of the workforce. However, with the rise of on-demand service providers who run their businesses almost solely with independent contractors, closer scrutiny is being paid to what, exactly, these workers are in the new “gig economy.”
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Legislators bet on fantasy sports

March 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
With figures that say between 500,000 and 1 million Hoosiers play daily fantasy sports, state legislators decided now was the time to regulate the growing industry before it got too big.
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Rewriting discipline rules for Indiana attorneys

March 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission would be limited to a one-year period of internal investigation of lawyers under a key change in an overhaul of rules governing attorney discipline.
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Southern District launches initiative to help pro se litigants

March 23, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In response to a series of cases remanded from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District of Indiana is attempting to recruit more volunteer attorneys and, in what one observer called a “very progressive” approach, enlist medical professionals to offer expert testimony.
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Tangling with tech companies’ move into legal services

March 23, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A recent American Bar Association resolution on regulating non-traditional legal services providers coupled with a pilot project with Rocket Lawyer has stirred opposition among bar associations.
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Inside the Criminal Case: When your client is speaking to others

March 23, 2016
James Bell, K. Michael Gaerte
“Say nothing.” This advice seems simple enough, but any attorney with a few years under his or her belt knows that the advice is often not heeded.
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Waterfill: EEOC alleges gender discrimination in 2 suits

March 23, 2016
Mark Waterfill
In light of development in gender discrimination cases, what should wise employment counsel advise clients to do?
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Art project seeks images of Indiana’s courthouses

March 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
A project by the Indiana State Bar Association and currently on display at Conner Prairie seeks to highlight the beauty of Indiana’s courthouses, which are not only the centers of law, but focal pieces for small town centers.
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Editorial: Rule changes still lack needed transparency

March 23, 2016
IL Staff
A proposed overhaul of Admission and Discipline Rule 23 contains some good ideas among the 108 pages of side-by-side comparisons of the old and the new. But the proposals would do little to deprogram the Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission’s culture of confidentiality or boost public confidence in the agency that polices Indiana attorneys.
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Federal Bar Update: Offers of judgment and class actions

March 23, 2016
John Maley
The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that an unaccepted offer of judgment under Rule 68 does not moot a class representative’s claim, even when the offer is made prior to class certification.
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DTCI: Senate obstruction on appointments harms entire judiciary

March 23, 2016
From DTCI
Since the Republicans took control of the Senate after the 2014 elections, the Obama administration has made only one judicial appointment as Republican senators have refused to sign off ahead of time on nominees for judgeships in their states. This is in stark contrast to President Obama’s predecessors since Ronald Reagan who also faced a Senate controlled by the opposing party, yet appointed between 10-18 appellate judges in their last two years in office.
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Vlink: Should unions charge free-rider fees for grievances?

March 23, 2016
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Plugged In: 3 easy ways to add value to PDF documents

March 23, 2016
Deanna Marquez
With a rise in the number of mobile-friendly offices, voluminous PDF files have quickly become the norm in today’s society. PDFs have retained popularity with their innate ability to easily share across operating systems, protect content and ensure formatting remains intact across platforms.
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Hammerle On … 'Eddie the Eagle,' 'Zootopia'

March 23, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle wonders why the American public seems to reject inspiring films. Does everything have to be a cross between “Star Wars,” “The Avengers” and “Jurassic Park”?
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NBA player Ty Lawson gets probation for Denver DUI case

March 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana Pacers point guard Ty Lawson will serve a year on probation in a Denver drunken-driving case after a judge on Tuesday rejected arguments that he needed to serve time in jail to learn a lesson.
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GOP Senate primary set after Stutzman nixes court challenge

March 22, 2016
 Associated Press
The GOP primary field for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat is set after U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman opted not to challenge his rival's candidacy in court.
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Supreme Court: Consolidating precincts is not unconstitutional

March 22, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled an effort to consolidate small Lake County precincts to reduce election costs was not unconstitutional, finding it is neither an impermissible special law nor a violation of the separation of powers doctrine.
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Pence signs police body camera video regulation bill

March 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill giving law enforcement agencies authority to withhold some video recordings from body cameras.
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Justices: IBM breached state welfare contract

March 22, 2016
Dave Stafford
IBM breached its master services agreement with the state in its failed bid to privatize and modernize Indiana’s welfare systems, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, more than six years after the state sued the tech giant over the $1.3 billion contract.
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Justices uphold $5.8M award against Tyson Foods

March 22, 2016
 Associated Press
In a setback to business, the Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday upheld a $5.8 million judgment against Tyson Foods Inc. in a pay dispute with more than 3,000 workers at a pork-processing plant in Iowa.
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Probate study committee bill hoping for governor’s approval

March 22, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Supporters were successful this year in getting the Statehouse to approve legislation that re-establishes the Probate Code Study Commission, but they’re still awaiting the governor’s signature.
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Indiana governor concerned about Notre Dame police bill

March 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Monday that his "strong bias for the public's right to know" will weigh heavily as he decides whether to veto a measure that would shelter police departments at Notre Dame and 10 other Indiana private colleges from following the same crime reporting requirements as all other law enforcement agencies.
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