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District court again rules against Concord Schools on ‘Christmas Spectacular’

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A district court judge has once again entered judgment against a northern Indiana school district after finding it has not made “absolutely clear” that it will permanently nix overtly religious content from its annual Christmas program.
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ABA report sees role for lawyers in repairing public trust

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A report from the American Bar Association is calling upon attorneys to help their communities repair the mistrust that divides law enforcement and residents of the communities they serve.
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Gorsuch: A high court pick whose writing is down to Earth

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
When Justice Antonin Scalia backed out of a book project with writing partner Bryan Garner, the justice recommended who might take his place. Neil Gorsuch was first on this list. Legal-writing experts say it’s not hard to see why the veteran jurist would recommend the man President Donald Trump would later nominate to fill the Supreme Court seat Scalia held for nearly 30 years.
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Indiana bill creates emergency contact database

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
Law enforcement officers responding to a tragic car accident could quickly notify an emergency contact under an Indiana bill.
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Indiana gun measures head toward final approval

March 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
Two firearms bills moved closer to final approval in the Indiana Legislature Wednesday.
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Twitter troll takes over lawmaker's handle, demands apology

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana state lawmaker who says he won’t “give in to terrorists” is refusing an apology demand from an unknown person who took over his abandoned Twitter handle.
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Indiana couple charged with neglect in death of 5-year-old

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
Authorities say a western Indiana couple failed to provide adequate nutrition and follow-up medical care for their disabled 5-year-old daughter who died last year.
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Use of contract attorneys rising in importance and stature

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Contract attorneys no longer wear a scarlet letter as many firms and legal companies utilize these lawyers for their expertise and to lower firm costs.
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Southern District gets caseload help from Wisconsin

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A declared judicial emergency caused by a vacancy on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has sparked a first-of-its kind partnership between the Southern District and its counterpart in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
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Indiana legislators pursue legal careers after taking elected office

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Being Indiana legislators inspired a handful to go to law school while working in the General Assembly.
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Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws under scrutiny

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Legislation and lawsuits seek to curb the government’s ability to seize private property.
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7th Circuit opinion shapes overhaul of vaping law

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Guidance from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was the driving force behind an overhaul of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, which is now before the House of Representatives in a significantly amended form.
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Trustee prepares for next round in ITT bankruptcy

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Hiring of litigation firm Robins Kaplan indicates claims may be filed against the school’s leaders.
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Trustee prepares for next round in ITT bankruptcy

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Hiring of litigation firm Robins Kaplan indicates claims may be filed against the school’s leaders.
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Well-known lawyers choose new horizons after going solo

March 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
Don Lundberg and Mark Waterfill, for years well-known and well-regarded leaders in their practice areas at major Indianapolis law firms, have gone solo.
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Nonprofit legal groups help East Chicago residents living in environmental nightmare

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The legal aid groups are working on finding new housing for people as well as securing assistance.
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Solar bill draws heat

March 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
Homeowners, churches, schools among those who decry slashing incentives, though big arrays may thrive under the legislation.
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Waterhouse: Lessons from Flint: law, economics, equity and the environment

March 8, 2017
Behind the very technical laws we have in our state and across the country, there are broader goals and ends. When we lose sight of these, laws, like other tools, can become destructive forces that strip people of their dignity, well-being and their lives.
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Sugarman/Tuley: Hazardous waste rule changes may impact Indiana businesses

March 8, 2017
In November 2016, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management incorporated the EPA’s alterations to its Definition of Solid Waste (or DSW) Rule into the Indiana Administrative Code.
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Technology Untangled: Sideline app adds second line to your smartphone

March 8, 2017
Stephen Bour
I recently ran across an advertisement for an app that allows you to add a separate phone line to your existing smartphone. This idea seemed practical, especially in this age where virtually everyone carries a personal smartphone at all times.
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In memory of Indiana Justice Roger Owen DeBruler

March 8, 2017
Following are excerpts from a eulogy delivered by retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. at the funeral of the late Indiana Justice Roger DeBruler.
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Hewedak: Clashes between immigration law and family law

March 8, 2017
As a Marion County public defender, I have come across cases involving foreign nationals who were deported and therefore unable to be available to care for their U.S.-born children in children in need of services and termination of parental rights cases.
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Baker: What does treatment look like for lawyers, judges in need?

March 8, 2017
The careers and lives of judges, lawyers and law students can be jeopardized by mental health issues, chemical dependency and other debilitating conditions. These threats to legal professionals’ well-being come in many different forms. Fortunately, so do treatment options.
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Hammerle on... 'A United Kingdom,' 'Get Out'

March 8, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Get Out" is a great horror movie.
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Marion County prosecutor partners with NextDoor app

March 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indianapolis law enforcement and prosecution officials are teaming up for an innovative social media partnership designed to engage residents in prosecuting crime.
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  1. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  2. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  3. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  4. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  5. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

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