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Gift jumpstarts Indiana Bar Foundation’s 2017 campaign

May 18, 2017
IL Staff
The largest Keystone Society donation ever made will again enable the Indiana Bar Foundation to provide a partial match to donations as part of the 2017 Keystone Society campaign.
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Ruling for doctor reversed in inmate’s gluten-free diet suit

May 17, 2017
IL Staff
A doctor made “misleading, inaccurate, and perhaps even false statements” in an inmate’s lawsuit that alleges the doctor intentionally failed to provide a medically prescribed gluten-free diet, a northern Indiana federal judge has ruled.
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Whitestown suing wastewater utility for $2.5 million

May 17, 2017
Lindsey Erdody, Indianapolis Business Journal
A Boone County community is claiming the wastewater division of Citizens Energy Group owes it more than $2.5 million.
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New lawyers advised to remember the oath during their careers

May 17, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana’s newest lawyers were admitted to practice Wednesday at an Indianapolis ceremony where they were advised to “think like a lawyer” and remember the oath they have taken to support and defend the Constitution.
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Southern Indiana police department to resume body camera use

May 17, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana police department plans to have its officers resume using body cameras after dropping them last year amid concerns about costs and privacy issues.
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57 percent of 2016 Indiana law graduates have full-time JD-required jobs

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A little more than half of the 2016 graduates of Indiana law schools have full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage is required, according to American Bar Association employment statistics.
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Indiana man could face life term in college student's death

May 17, 2017
 Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend could face life in prison if he's convicted in her killing.
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Public defender accused of harassing ex-girlfriend suspended

May 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
A northern Indiana public defender accused of repeatedly harassing his ex-girlfriend has been suspended from the practice of law in Indiana for at least one year.
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Man accused of selling unregistered securities will have charges dismissed

May 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana trial court must dismiss charges brought against a man accused of selling unregistered securities in 2007 after the Indiana Court of Appeals found the statute of limitations had expired before he was charged.
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Duke Energy plans to close coal ash ponds in Indiana

May 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Duke Energy is planning to close coal ash ponds in Indiana because of new federal environmental regulations.
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Indiana officer plans insanity defense in hit-and-run crash

May 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Court records show a suspended Lake County, Indiana, sheriff's officer charged in a hit-and-run crash after last year's Gary Air Show plans an insanity defense.
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Rucker retires after 26 years on appellate bench

May 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
Ask a member of the Indiana judiciary to describe former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker, and you’ll get answers such as “empathetic” or “compassionate.” And those who sat on either side of Rucker during his nearly 18 years on the state’s highest bench say the now-retired justice never let his sense of humanity outweigh the rule of law.
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Women IP attorneys launch central Indiana chapter of ChIPS, one of first in Midwest

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
At a kickoff reception April 27, about 30 women came together to network and participate in a panel discussion examining the careers of women in IP. ChIPS co-founder Emily Ward, CEO of Calla Nava and alumnae of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, was the featured guest.
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Indiana women trial lawyers preparing for Congressional push

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A contingent of Indiana female trial lawyers will head to Washington, D.C., this month to participate in the 20th anniversary of the American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus lobby day.
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Kagan: Supreme Court did ‘pretty darn well’ with just 8 justices

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
During the 419 days the Supreme Court operated with an even number on the bench, the eight justices worked to find common ground so the court could issue majority opinions. Justice Elena Kagan said she and her colleagues learned to keep talking, listening and persuading as well as being open to persuasion.
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Holcomb’s executive order expected to 'ban the box' in state job applications

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill prohibiting communities from enacting their own ban the box ordinances stirred divisions in the Indiana Legislature with supporters arguing for employers’ rights and opponents citing the need for individuals to have equal opportunities for jobs. However, when Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his intention to sign Senate Enrolled Act 312, he brought some rare unity between the two sides. Along with enacting the new law, the governor also said he would sign an executive order that will essentially ban the box for state agencies.
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Character better predictor of lawyering success, panel says

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Although Rebecca Love Kourlis sees more collaboration than in the past, she said the gap between the skills the legal profession needs in today’s market and the attorneys law schools are producing is not only widening but will be difficult for legal education to overcome.
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Start Page: Microsoft Word for lawyers: Give me a (section) break

May 17, 2017
Seth Wilson
This article will show you how to apply two types of page numbering in one document. Future articles will build on this skill to help you craft complex Microsoft Word documents.
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Indiana Judges Association: Justice Rucker: A lifetime of substantial justice

May 17, 2017
David Dreyer
Justice Rucker showed there are ways a court can be sympathetic without the benefit of law or procedure and benefit a party even when they don’t “win.”
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DTCI: Corporate, in-house counsel tell why they belong to DTCI

May 17, 2017
Kevin Tyra
To all corporate counsel and in-house counsel (as well as all defense trial counsel): Please consider joining DTCI if you are not already a member and attending DTCI programming, starting with the 50th anniversary annual conference in November.
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Hammerle on ...'Their Finest,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

May 17, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2." is an enchanting film not to be missed.
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Law firms increasing emphasis on business development

May 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
In today’s legal market, it’s not enough for attorneys to be knowledgeable of the law — they must also be knowledgeable in the world of sales.
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With aid from legal community, juvenile dog-training effort offers many rewards

May 17, 2017
Dave Stafford
Superintendent Terrance Asante-Doyle has witnessed what happens when his charges at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center get to offer obedience training to dogs from Indianapolis Animal Care, who, like them, are often victims of abuse, exploitation or neglect.
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Courier deliveries diminishing with e-filing

May 17, 2017
Dave Stafford
Courier services, once vital for law firms, are adapting to e-filing by offering different services.
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Judgment by algorithm

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Risk assessment tools are raising concerns about accuracy and constitutional violations.
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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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