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IndyBar: New Pause for Professionalism Video Available

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January 15, 2014
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Need a hearing set quickly? Wonder when the court will issue a ruling? Is it alright to call the court staff to ask them those questions? Where is the line between a housekeeping matter and a substantive question that rises to the level of an improper ex parte communication?

Judge James J. Coachys of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana addresses these questions and gives you three practical pointers to avoid getting yourself into ex parte hot water in the newest installment of “Pause for Professionalism.” Before you pick up the phone to call the court without your adversary on the line, take a few minutes to listen to Judge Coachys. The video gives concise insight into a judge’s perspective on an issue that practitioners frequently confront, but about which little is written.

New videos will be distributed regularly and are available on the IndyBar website at indybar.org/videos.•

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