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Lucas: Expanded coverage helps you stay informed

Kelly Lucas
December 7, 2011
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EidtPerspLucas-sigReaders of Indiana Lawyer’s daily email may have noticed that we have a new look. We listened to the ways our digital readers say they use the news provided, and we’ve adjusted the format to better serve you – our IL subscribers.

For some time now, the IL daily has provided readers timely notice of Indiana case opinions handed down by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Tax Court. Stories highlighting decisions impacting the practice of law and other legal happenings have been part of our regular lineup.

Beginning Dec. 1, the IL staff expanded its court opinion coverage, now including a short review of all For Publication opinions issued by these courts. It is our hope that providing you a snapshot of the court’s decision and link to the opinion on each and every For Publication decision, rather than a select few, will enable all readers, regardless of practice area, to benefit on a regular basis from this daily news report. All Not-For-Publication opinions will continue to be listed in the IL daily with topic and a digital link to the full opinion.

We have also added a social media bar at the end of each story posted on our website – theIndianaLawyer.com. We encourage you to post stories of interest to your Facebook page and share the news via social media.

A survey released last week by the Indiana State Bar Association revealed nearly 70 percent of respondents say they use social media. ISBA public relations committee chair Séamus Boyce reiterated that social media has become an important tool in the typical Indiana lawyer’s life, and that trend is likely to continue. See the story about this survey on page 3.

It is a 24/7 world where life moves fast, and we are all in this together. The IL daily delivers same-day court opinions and other legal news directly to your inbox. The email links you to our website, the home of Indiana’s latest legal news. If you have not signed up for this free service, visit the Indiana Lawyer and select the “subscribe” tab to learn more.

The IL is doing its part to help you stay informed. As always, please contact me if you have ideas or suggestions. I can be reached at klucas@ibj.com or 317-472-5233.•

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  1. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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