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GM appeals ignition-switch ruling to Supreme Court

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
General Motors Co. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling that held it responsible for ignition-switch injuries and deaths that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.
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Northwest Indiana man gets clemency after 18 years in prison

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A northwest Indiana man who served 18 years in prison on drug convictions is enjoying life as a free man after being among the 214 people granted clemency by President Barack Obama this summer.
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RV plant-closing lawsuit proceeds

December 14, 2016
IL Staff
Workers at a northern Indiana recreational vehicle plant that closed in June may proceed with a lawsuit alleging company management failed to notify workers about the closing as federal law requires.
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Indiana judge gives father 40 years in 5-year-old's death

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana judge has sentenced a 35-year-old man to 40 years in prison for the death of his 5-year-old son who was found bound and beaten.
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Zoeller reflects on 8 years as Indiana attorney general

December 14, 2016
Olivia Covington
When outgoing Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller leaves behind his Statehouse office in January, there are a number of projects in the private sector he plans to pick up.
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Study: Gender inequality begins before classes start

December 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A new study indicates that the gender inequality that is well-documented in the legal profession actually starts when women are applying to law school.
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Retirement of key attorney, funding cuts cloud Indianapolis Legal Aid Society effort

December 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Retired corporate general counsel Orville Copsey created a program 19 years ago at Indianapolis Legal Aid Society designed to help older people who had been cited by the Marion County Public Health Department for living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. But the initiative is now potentially facing its own crisis. Weber passed away unexpectedly in February and Copsey is retiring at the end of this month.
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Magnus-Stinson takes helm as chief of Indiana’s Southern District

December 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
When Jane Magnus-Stinson isn’t presiding over cases in one of the busiest federal district courts in the nation, she seems to be just as busy. And her workload just increased. On Nov. 23, Magnus-Stinson began her seven-year appointment as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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LGBT equality a firm priority

December 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
Law firms have embraced equality for LGBT employees in their policies more than any other industry, and five firms with a significant presence in Indiana have earned top marks for inclusiveness, a new study reveals.
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IndyBar prepares to launch technology-focused section in 2017

December 14, 2016
Olivia Covington
More legal professionals are beginning to recognize the importance of aligning the practice of law with new technologies, so the Indianapolis Bar Association is launching its new E-Discovery, Information Governance and Cybersecurity Section in 2017 to aid attorneys as they adapt emerging technologies to their legal practices.
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Justices consider cellphone data in 4th Amendment case

December 14, 2016
Olivia Covington
Is the act of turning on a cellphone a voluntary agreement to share that data, or do consumers have a right to privacy of the location information collected from their personal devices? The justices of the Indiana Supreme Court heard legal arguments on both sides of that issue during oral arguments in a case on Dec. 8.
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Dean's Desk: Community partnerships benefit IU McKinney students

December 14, 2016
Andrew Klein
At the IU McKinney School of Law, we make a special effort to support our students by partnering with advocates in the community. Allow me to share a few examples.
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Asian-American band fights trademark law's disparagement standard before SCOTUS

December 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Any rock band worth its volume is anti-establishment. However, a Chinatown dance rock ensemble is kicking up the volume by actively fighting the status quo and, as a result, could topple a key section of a 70-year-old trademark registration statute and possibly the entire U.S. trademark system.
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Nguyen: IP lessons from China

December 14, 2016
Several years ago, China surpassed the United States in the number of trademark registrations issued per year. China has already become a very important stakeholder in the intellectual property area. This article provides a glimpse into how China has tackled the remedies in IP infringement.
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Start Page: Decorate your documents for the holidays (and beyond)

December 14, 2016
Seth Wilson
One of the best (or worst?) features of Microsoft Word is its automatic formatting. Properly understood, Microsoft Word’s automatic behavior controls are incredibly helpful.
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Indiana Judges Association: Are we ignoring an obvious truth?

December 14, 2016
David Dreyer
Is due process any less of a right when a family faces eviction than when a person faces criminal charges? The legal profession has been trying to answer that question for about 100 years.
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Neutral Corner: lessons from golf for mediation

December 14, 2016
John Van Winkle
The preamble to the mediation rule could have easily provided, as do the rules of golf, that the mediation rules are guided by the historical principles of the legal profession and the importance that mediation be conducted with integrity and in accordance with these principles.
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Quick: Remember the millennials when marketing your firm

December 14, 2016
Jon Quick
You might be missing more than one-quarter of the population in marketing your law firm. I am talking about missing the millennials.
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Hammerle on ... 'Manchester by the Sea,' 'Moana,' 'The Eagle Huntress'

December 14, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Manchester by the Sea" is the true definition of a work of ark.
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Lawyer retires after helping countless people stay home

December 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Almost everyone who talks about their friend Orville Copsey begins with the stories about his suits.
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Federal lawsuit victor puts the ‘pro’ in pro se

December 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
An ex-teacher who won a $203,840 due process jury award in his lawsuit over his termination speaks out.
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COA keeps man’s name on sex offender registry

December 13, 2016
Olivia Covington
A man who has been convicted of multiple sex offenses must keep his name on the Indiana Sex Offender Registry for now after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Tuesday that he had failed to present a proper petition to keep his name off of the registry.
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ACLU challenges Clarksville yard-inspection ordinance

December 13, 2016
Olivia Covington
A Clarksville resident is suing the southern Indiana town for entering her yard without her permission or warrant, an action she says violates her Fourth Amendment rights.
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Drug dealer’s convictions upheld after ‘exceptionally weak’ arguments

December 13, 2016
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Monday a convicted drug dealer’s appeal of his drug conspiracy and firearm convictions and related sentence, calling his numerous arguments for reversal “exceptionally weak.”
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Cosby quips to security, ‘Don't tase me, bro’ before court

December 13, 2016
 Associated Press
Bill Cosby greeted security officers in Norristown, Pennsylvania with a joke Tuesday morning before a hearing in his sexual assault case, quipping, "Don't tase me bro" as they wanded him on his way into a suburban Philadelphia courtroom.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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