Lucas: Another year older and, hopefully, wiser

Kelly Lucas
March 13, 2013
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EidtPerspLucas-sigAs they say, time flies when you are having fun. I’ve found that it also seems to stampede past when you are very busy. Both have been the case for the staff of the Indiana Lawyer. But time moves on, which is a good thing, and with this issue of the paper Indiana Lawyer turns another year older.

It is done without fanfare – the only telltale sign is that the paper’s Page 1 “odometer” rolls over to a new volume number. With this issue of the paper we begin our 24th year.

An anniversary is a time to reflect, and I am happy to say that it has been a good year for the Indiana Lawyer. Sure, we face many of the challenges universally experienced by print media, but our loyal readers have kept us strong while our digital presence has continued to grow. I thank you for that.

The newspaper welcomed two “new to us” but otherwise very experienced reporters to our staff in 2012. Dave Stafford and Marilyn Odendahl each came to IBJ Media from daily newspapers where they have spent the majority of their careers, and both have hit the ground running covering Indiana’s legal community. The resourcefulness and creativity that they, along with managing editor Jennifer Nelson, show with each new issue and in our IL daily email continues to enable us to bring you both in-depth print reporting and breaking news. Inspiration can certainly be found in working with good people.

Indiana Lawyer hosted six successful CLE programs in 2012, and a debt of gratitude is owed to the lawyers who lent their professional expertise in the areas of ethics, immigration, sports law, employment, intellectual property and federal civil practice to make that happen. I hope that those of you who have attended one or two of these programs in the past have found the content valuable. For me, the opportunity to meet lawyers who I might not otherwise have an occasion to spend time with is priceless.

In early 2013, the newspaper launched a second news email – Lawyers on the Move. This email brings readers the names and faces of peers who are making a move, serving in a new professional or volunteer capacity or are receiving a well-deserved recognition. It is a quick read delivered to your desktop, phone or tablet and designed to keep you in-the-know. Check it out or, better yet, sign up for this free email at

Volume 23 of the Indiana Lawyer represented my first full year as editor and publisher of this newspaper. While covering a state the size of Indiana with a small but mighty staff is not without its challenges, we can do it because of the many lawyers who are willing to share their valuable time and insights with us. We’ve revived our Spotlight sections this year to bring greater emphasis to people and legal happenings in all regions of Indiana, and the support of the bar association directors around the state has been invaluable in that process.

Indiana Lawyer’s relationship with the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, whose newsletters appear regularly in this publication; the columnists and contributors who so willingly share their interests and legal expertise; the advertisers who see IL as a valuable vehicle to reach legal practitioners; and last, but certainly not least, our readers, who we wouldn’t exist without, continues to strengthen. As I’ve said before, let us know how you think we are doing. Submit your news, On the Move announcements, and letters to the editor. It’s why we’re here.•


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.