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Estate lawyers' duty of responsibility clarified in proposed legislation

November 21, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
Estate attorneys are hoping the Indiana General Assembly will provide a remedy after a ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals muddied the waters concerning the scope and duties of a lawyer working on behalf of an estate’s personal representative.
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Taking the oath

November 7, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
The admission ceremony for new Indiana lawyers weaves together feelings of joy and responsibility.
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423 law students pass July 2012 Indiana bar exam

November 7, 2012
IL Staff
Read the list of individuals who passed the Indiana bar exam in July 2012.
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Mediators' Midwest conference attracts top names

November 7, 2012
Dave Stafford
Attorneys travel from around Indiana and the region to hear from national experts and learn techniques.
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Court finds mediation not so confidential

November 7, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
Some Indiana attorneys are concerned about the possible ramifications of the recent Horner decision.
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Vinovich takes the helm of Indiana State Bar Association

October 24, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
The incoming president will launch 3-year initiative to focus on member benefits, diversity and governance.
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Social networking among Indiana State Bar meeting topics

October 24, 2012
Dave Stafford
Annual gathering presentations also explore alternative fees and interacting with the media.
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From iPhones to networks, law firm spending on systems ticks up

October 10, 2012
Dave Stafford
If your firm hasn’t bought you a new smartphone, provided better remote access options, or replaced an aging monitor lately, you might nudge the purchasing department.
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Attorneys discover predictive coding

October 10, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
In the world of searching for relevant documents in the recesses of email inboxes and hard drives, a new high-tech tool has appeared that, despite causing trepidation among some attorneys, will likely become commonly used during the discovery process to tame the growing volumes of data.
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Courts tend to side with HOAs on disputes

September 12, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
No one disputes that Country Squire Lakes Community in Jennings County has decayed from a pleasant welcoming place to live into a mess of broken down mobile homes where there is fear of crime. They disagree if the change is radical enough to excuse homeowners from paying dues and assessments to their homeowners association.
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Foreclosures surge as process slows

September 12, 2012
Dave Stafford
Indiana had one of the sharpest increases in foreclosure filings in July, according to RealtyTrac, which said they rose 83 percent compared with the prior month.
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Medical malpractice caps challenged in Indiana, fall elsewhere

August 29, 2012
Dave Stafford
Medical malpractice caps are unconstitutional in Missouri. And in Illinois and Georgia. They might be in Indiana, too, if the justices of the Supreme Court grant Timothy Plank the day in court his attorneys say he is entitled to.
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Pill mills migrating to Indiana?

August 29, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
The General Assembly and physician groups are considering ways to stop over-prescribing of pain medications.
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Concerns rise as revised parenting time guidelines near completion

August 15, 2012
Dave Stafford
A first-ever review of Indiana’s Parenting Time Guidelines is nearing completion. Among the proposed changes: New language dealing with online communication between parents and children, and revised rules regarding overnight visitation.
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Change in emancipation law brings uncertainty

August 15, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
A difference in paternity and divorce language has attorneys questioning the Legislature's action regarding petitions for educational support.
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Proposals would add visas for STEM workers

June 6, 2012
Dave Stafford
Highly skilled immigrants are the focus of 2 bills introduced in Congress.
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Complicated code, preparer error could cause problems with immigrants' tax returns

June 6, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
An Indianapolis television station ran a series of reports in May about a “loophole” in the law that allows undocumented immigrants to claim tax credits for children living in other countries. But the reports – which relied on an anonymous tax preparer as a key source – failed to disclose the role of some tax preparers in filing bogus tax returns.
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Courting civility

June 6, 2012
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Trial Lawyers Association joined with the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana to promote courtesy among adversaries. The two held a seminar on civility at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
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ITLA chief seeks bridge between young and veteran lawyers

June 6, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
Diversity and training are other key initiatives for new president Mark Scott.
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New project to emphasize dangers of texting while driving

June 6, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
An ITLA member attorney lost his granddaughter in fatal crash last year.
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Dressing defendants

May 23, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
Attorneys say image and attire may influence jurors.
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A 21st century expression of the law

May 23, 2012
Dave Stafford
The 'emoticon defense' raises brows, but it puts a focus on speech rights and school threats.
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Column: Practical and legal differences of class and mass actions

May 23, 2012
Scott Starr and Mario Massillamany write about what to consider when decided whether to file a class- or mass-action case.
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Attorneys discuss key traits of in-house counsel jobs

May 23, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
With a handful of exceptions, rarely do new law graduates waltz into a general counsel job. Making careful decisions now, however, could create an opportunity to move from a law firm to a corporate law position.
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195 students pass February 2012 Indiana bar exam

May 23, 2012
IL Staff
The Indiana Lawyer congratulates the individuals listed below on passing the February 2012 bar exam. Many of these young and aspiring lawyers, along with several who passed the bar exam in July 2011, participated in the Indiana Supreme Court Admission Ceremony held May 14, 2012, in Indianapolis.
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  1. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  2. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

  3. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

  4. For some strange reason this story, like many on this ezine that question the powerful, seems to have been released in two formats. Prior format here: http://www.theindianalawyer.com/nominees-selected-for-us-attorney-in-indiana/PARAMS/article/44263 That observed, I must note that it is quite refreshing that denizens of the great unwashed (like me) can be allowed to openly question powerful elitists at ICE MILLER who are on the public dole like Selby. Kudos to those at this ezine who understand that they cannot be mere lapdogs to the powerful and corrupt, lest freedom bleed out. If you wonder why the Senator resisted Selby, consider reading the comments here for a theory: http://www.theindianalawyer.com/nominees-selected-for-us-attorney-in-indiana/PARAMS/article/44263

  5. Why is it a crisis that people want to protect their rights themselves? The courts have a huge bias against people appearing on their own behalf and these judges and lawyers will face their maker one day and answer for their actions.

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