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Report on pro se litigants presented to Indiana Supreme Court

October 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A report and recommendations for addressing the issue of unrepresented litigants has been submitted to the Indiana Supreme Court but the contents are not being made public.
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Lawsuit takes on Indiana's right-to-farm laws

October 7, 2015
Jeff Newman, IBJ Staff
The Hoosier Environmental Council has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pair of Hendricks County families who say they face “intolerable living conditions” created by odors coming from a nearby 8,000-hog farm that opened two years ago.
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Federal jury rules against DCS, awards family $31.3 million

October 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
The family of a 14-year-old Pulaski County girl who died as a result of prescription error has been awarded $31.3 million in a judgment against state agents who wrongly removed the couple’s children from their home and prosecuted the parents for their daughter’s death.
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Cleveland appeals 'jock tax' ruling to US Supreme Court

October 7, 2015
 Associated Press
The city of Cleveland says it is within its rights to tax visiting professional athletes based on the number of games they play a year because taxation is a matter of local jurisdiction.
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Indiana's high court takes up lawmaker email case

October 7, 2015
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear an appeal involving a lawsuit seeking a lawmaker's emails and other correspondence with utility company officials over solar power legislation he sponsored.
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Attorneys en garde!

October 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
Lawyers who’ve taken a stab at fencing say there’s no other sport quite like it. More to the point, they say competing with the blade sharpens their legal acumen and attacks the stresses of the profession.
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The waiting game delays medical malpractice claims going to court

October 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
Lawmakers recently received conflicting diagnoses for review panels that evaluate medical malpractice claims. Some see them as broken, while others say they represent an ideal system that just needs some TLC.
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Indiana Bar Foundation celebrates 65th anniversary

October 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Bar Foundation, started in 1950, has grown over the years but its mission has always been the same – promoting civic education and improving access to justice.
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Journalist Bob Woodward finds new piece to Nixon puzzle

October 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Journalist Bob Woodward's new book, history, and the lessons of leadership will all be part of Woodward’s talk when he comes to Indianapolis Nov. 6. Woodward is the keynote speaker at the Indiana Bar Foundation’s 65th anniversary benefit dinner.
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Justices: Survivors cannot recover attorney fees

October 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The ambiguous phrase, “including but not limited to” in the state’s wrongful death statutes has again caught the attention of the Indiana Supreme Court, but this time the justices cautioned against broad interpretation.
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Dean's Desk: Surveys give insight on graduates’ careers

October 7, 2015
Nell Jessup Netwon
Lately I have been spending some fruitful hours reviewing a treasure trove of data collected by a 12-year-long longitudinal study of law graduates who passed the bar in the year 2000. The survey results are available in a publication called “After the JD.” I commend it to your attention.
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Insurance policy v. public policy

October 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
A starkly divided Indiana Court of Appeals opinion over whether insurance should be in play after a bicyclist was killed by an unauthorized motorist may be appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Method to the mediation

October 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
When "reason leaves the room," an analytical approach can lead a path to dispute resolution.
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Terzo: Arbitration is viable alternative in family law disputes

October 7, 2015
It wasn’t until the 1990s that arbitration began to be seriously considered for family law cases. At that time there was no statute specifically directed to family law arbitration, and Indiana had no caselaw regarding family law arbitration. Our current statute, I.C. 34-57-5-1, et seq, was enacted in 2005. It answered many of the questions attorneys had.
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Brown: Can the gladiator make peace?

October 7, 2015
It is the concept of the peacemaker that so clearly expresses the role of the mediator.
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Indiana Judges Association: The online life of judges requires prudence

October 7, 2015
David Dreyer
We legal professionals have a unique role to translate ancient theorems into optic fiber. Along with that obligation arises a longstanding devotion to ensuring the world understands what law is and has always been: an imperfect process to determine “facts” and apply the rules.
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DTCI: Second chair is not second fiddle

October 7, 2015
From DTCI
I had the privilege of being the second chair at my first jury trial in March of this year. As I begin preparations for my next trial as second chair, I have been reflecting on what I learned the first go-round. I share my thoughts here with the hope that they will help other young attorneys – or even a seasoned attorney when he or she mentors young attorneys.
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Remonstrators’ victories are short-lived

October 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In a string of reversals from the Indiana Court of Appeals, the judiciary seems to be saying that if a municipality indicates it will need the additional territory at some point in the future, then that is enough to allow an annexation to move forward.
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Inside the Criminal Case: New playbook for prosecuting white collar crime

October 7, 2015
James Bell, K. Michael Gaerte
There is a theme that permeates the news reporting of the 2008 financial crisis: no one went to jail as a consequence. In possible reaction to this theme, the U.S. Department of Justice recently issued a bulletin that has since been referred to as the “Yates Memo.”
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Hammerle On … 'Grandma,''Black Mass'

October 7, 2015
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle writes that "Black Mass" demonstrates the downside of our national character.
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Neutral Corner: Mediation communications in legal malpractice actions

October 7, 2015
John Van Winkle
The legal malpractice case of Cassel v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, 244 P. 3d 1080 (2011), continues to ricochet through the California mediation community and court system, and the issue it raised is now headed to the Legislature.
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Indianapolis Red Mass highlights legal lesson of the Good Samaritan

October 6, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
An estimated 200 attorneys, judges and law students gathered Oct. 5 to celebrate the beginning of the judicial year at the 56th annual Red Mass sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of Indianapolis.
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Reversal reinstates negligence claim in fall on snowy hotel lot

October 6, 2015
Dave Stafford
A trial court erred in granting summary judgment in favor of hotel defendants on a negligence claim arising after a guest slipped, fell and was injured in a parking lot covered by a dusting of snow.
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Cocaine dealing conviction affirmed over jury instruction challenge

October 6, 2015
Dave Stafford
A man convicted of dealing cocaine failed to persuade the Indiana Court of Appeals to reverse due to what he claimed was an erroneous jury instruction.
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7th Circuit rejects en banc rehearing in student loan case

October 6, 2015
Dave Stafford
Whether a creditor can apply student loan rehabilitation agreement payments to collection costs is a question that split a panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals three ways, but Circuit judges agreed they’ve heard enough of the matter for now.
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