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Rep. Susan Brooks helps put spotlight on civil legal aid

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Civil legal aid providers got a boost Tuesday with the announcement of the formation of a Civil Legal Services Caucus in the U.S. Congress.
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Postal service warns newspaper about pot ads

December 2, 2015
 Associated Press
While Oregon voters legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and recreational marijuana for adult use in 2014, the plant is still illegal at the federal level. Any newspaper with pot ads would violate a federal law preventing advertising for illicit goods, the postal service said.
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Prosecutor seeks to dismiss charge against abortion doctor

December 2, 2015
 Associated Press

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday the doctor fulfilled terms of a pretrial diversion program he entered after being charged last year with failing to report an abortion performed at the Women's Pavilion on a 13-year-old in 2013.

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Henderson: Survey reveals signs of fundamental change in the legal profession

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The traditional career path for Indiana attorneys – graduate from law school, become an associate in a law firm, work long hours and eventually become a partner – appears to be broken, or at least cracked.
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Survey: Attorney social media use largely governed by personal responsibility

December 2, 2015
Dave Stafford
By a more than 2-to-1 margin, attorneys who responded to the IL survey said their organization encourages them to promote themselves and their firm or organization, compared to those who said their organization discourages social media.
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Survey finds widespread professional satisfaction, little encouragement to pursue career in law

December 2, 2015
Dave Stafford
Life’s not bad being a lawyer. Work is satisfying, there’s time for life outside work, and the pay is good. But I wouldn’t recommend it. Those contradictions in lawyers’ prevailing attitudes were revealed in Indiana Lawyer's Practicing Law in Indiana survey.
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Survey: Succession planning a top concern for organizations

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Thirty-eighty percent of the respondents to the Indiana Lawyer’s 2015 Practicing Law in Indiana survey listed transition or succession planning as the greatest challenge to their organization’s viability. Only the issue of managing costs while protecting quality of service topped this concern, which 42 percent found to be the greatest challenge.
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Survey results reveal range in hours of pro bono work performed annually

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The pro bono community still believes having attorneys donate their time and professional skills remains a viable method for providing services to low-income individuals and families. But Indiana attorneys overwhelmingly indicate they neither want to be told to volunteer nor be obligated to report their volunteer hours.
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Lucas: And the ‘Practicing Law in Indiana’ survey says …

December 2, 2015
Kelly Lucas
Welcome to the Indiana Lawyer’s “survey issue”! I hope that you find the data revealed in the pages of this publication interesting and that it spurs conversation and serves as a catalyst for positive change in the legal community.
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Quality of Life: Make sure to protect yourself from any type of ‘fall’

December 2, 2015
Jonna Kane MacDougall
At some point in life, you may have an experience that helps you to redefine your priorities. I had such an experience about three weeks ago, when I took a tumble, head first, down a long and steep staircase in my home.
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Inside the Criminal Case: Gluten, grandpas and reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle

December 2, 2015
James Bell, K. Michael Gaerte
“Back in our day,” reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop was based upon objective evidence that the suspect had committed a traffic violation.
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New DTCI president to continue diversity push

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
James Hehner brings 30-plus years of professional experience to the leadership post for the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.
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2015 DTCI amicus report

December 2, 2015
From DTCI
In 2015, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana’s Amicus Committee participated in a number of interesting appeals, two of which are set for oral argument in the near future. The cases DTCI became involved in this year, as in past years, pertain to a variety of issues which are of significant interest to the defense bar.
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DTCI elects new board and officers at annual conference

December 2, 2015
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana named its 2016 officers and directors at its 22nd Conference and Annual Meeting Nov. 19-20. The officers and directors will take office Jan. 1, 2016.
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Protecting Your Practice: Avoid problematic fee agreements

December 2, 2015
Neal Bowling, Dina Cox
It is crucial to have a clear, written agreement with your client explaining not just the scope of your services, but how you will be paid for those services. Be careful that you don’t run afoul of your professional obligations in that fee agreement or in your billing.
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Hammerle on ... 'Trumbo,' 'Spotlight'

December 2, 2015
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Trumbo" is a study in American history that should not be forgotten.
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7th Circuit stops Cook County sheriff’s campaign against adult ads

December 1, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was not convinced by the sheriff’s arguments and instead saw his actions as “government coercion” and leading to a slippery slope.
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Suit accuses owners of home-repair firm of serial fraud

December 1, 2015
IBJ Staff
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller sued the two owners of Carmel-based Green Frog Restoration Inc. on Tuesday, charging they scammed at least 41 Indianapolis-area residents out of more than $280,000 after one of them conducted similar schemes against Ohio and Kentucky residents.
 
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Justices disbar lawyer for theft of $150K from clients, ‘brazenness’

December 1, 2015
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis lawyer has been disbarred for stealing about $150,000 from his clients, “disclosing client confidences for purposes of both retaliation and amusement, threatening and intimidating his office staff (and) lying pervasively to all comers,” according to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Judge: Nativity lawsuit plaintiffs can remain anonymous

December 1, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled that a high school student and a parent can remain anonymous as they sue over a live Nativity scene that’s part of a northern Indiana school district’s annual Christmas show.
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Justices end Californian’s lawsuit against Austrian railway

December 1, 2015
 Associated Press
In their first decision of the term, justices of the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Tuesday that an American woman's lawsuit could not go forward in U.S. courts.
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High court’s election-year lineup rich in high-profile cases

December 1, 2015
 Associated Press
Affirmative action, abortion the Obama health care law and possibly immigration are among big issues that could be decided by the Supreme Court of the United States just months ahead of a presidential campaign season.
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Annexation battle over ‘reasonably near future’ continues in Indiana Supreme Court

November 30, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The second in a series of annexation battles was presented to the Indiana Supreme Court Nov. 25, this time asking the justices to review the Legislature’s intent when allowing cities and towns to bring in unincorporated areas for development.
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Divided COA reinstates lawsuit of drunk man who fled, was hit by cars

November 30, 2015
Dave Stafford
A bar will have to face a negligence lawsuit brought by a man who was served at least one drink before he fled from a police stop in handcuffs and was hit by two cars as he tried to cross a state highway.
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Lack of evidence gets CHINS ruling reversed

November 30, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Finding the evidence to be “wholly lacking,” the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a CHINS adjudication and admonished the juvenile court and the Indiana Department of Child Services to refocus their efforts on families truly in need.
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