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Legal malpractice case gets transfer

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The Indiana Supreme Court announced today an addition to its June 16 transfers. The high court granted appellant Joseph J. Reiswerg's petition for transfer in Reiswerg and Cohen Garelick & Glazier v. Pam Statom, No. 49A02-0801-CV-49. The high court denied appellee Pam Statom's petition for transfer.

The Indiana Court of Appeals dismissed Reiswerg's appeal of the trial court entry of final judgment in Statom's legal malpractice suit. The claim stemmed from Reiswerg's representation of Statom in a medical malpractice suit against the Veterans Administration Hospital.

The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court order striking his motion for summary judgment but reversed the strike of the law firm's motion for summary judgment. It remanded for consideration of the law firm's motion for summary judgment.

The appellate court then issued an opinion on rehearing in March 2009, in which both Reiswerg and Statom filed petitions for rehearing. Reiswerg argued the court erred in dismissing his appeal; Statom believed the appellate court erred by reversing the trial court's order striking the law firm's motion for summary judgment. The Court of Appeals granted both petitions and affirmed its prior opinion in all respects.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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