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Petition to Supreme Court seeks statewide public defender system

December 15, 2016
Dave Stafford
Advocates for reforming Indiana’s patchwork approach to public defense for indigent Hoosiers announced they have petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court for a statewide system to remedy what they describe as an unfair, unequal and underfunded system.<
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Cathedral and Fishers take 1st place in constitutional competiton

December 15, 2016
IL Staff
Teams of middle and high schools students from Indianapolis and the surrounding area dominated the 2016 Indiana We the People State Finals.
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AG-elect says drug offenders need to be held accountable

December 15, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Since the Legislature revised the state’s criminal code to provide drug treatment and recovery services to low-level drug offenders, Indiana has been brutalized by an opioid epidemic that has led to a resurgence of HIV along with needle exchange programs in eight counties and counting.
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Federal grand jury indicts 2 former Vigo school officials

December 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal grand jury indicted two former western Indiana school officials Wednesday on wire fraud and other charges for allegedly embezzling more than $80,000 through a kickback scheme with a contractor.
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Gov-elect Holcomb keeping Bonaventura in child services post, names general counsel

December 15, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Indiana Republican Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb has reappointed Mary Beth Bonaventura as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services and selected his general counsel.
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US Supreme Court to hear appeal by Carmel firm over IP lawsuits

December 15, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider putting sharp new limits on where patent-infringement lawsuits can be filed, accepting a case that may undercut patent owners’ ability to channel cases to favorable courts.
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Anthem-Cigna merger goes to judge for ruling that could end deal

December 14, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The first phase of the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit to halt Anthem Inc.’s planned takeover of rival insurer Cigna Corp. is in the hands of a federal judge after the government wrapped up its arguments Tuesday that the deal would harm competition in the national insurance market.
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Agreement with Gary to resolve Clean Water Act violations

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal and Indiana authorities have reached an agreement with the city of Gary to resolve longstanding violations of the Clean Water Act, including the release of raw sewage.
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Kokomo mayor signs ordinance reversing pinball machine ban

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The mayor of Kokomo has approved an ordinance that will reverse a more than 60-year-old ban on pinball machines in the city.
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Chief justice makes case for court technology, other additional funding

December 14, 2016
Olivia Covington
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush made her case to the State Budget Committee Tuesday for additional funding in the coming fiscal years for court technology, telling committee members that the additional investment in technology now would pay off for the state down the road.
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Order for parents to pay grad school costs reversed

December 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
Parents who were ordered in a divorce decree to pay their child's costs of graduate school won’t have to after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled the trial court abused its discretion in so ordering.
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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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