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Opinions Feb. 19, 2013

February 19, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
Ronald B. Hawkins v. State of Indiana
20S03-1208-DR-499
Domestic relation. Vacates convictions of two counts of Class C felony nonsupport of a dependent where Hawkins was tried in absentia. The record indicates that Hawkins’ failure to appear at trial did not constitute a waiver of his right to counsel. Remands for a new trial.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Ernesto Roberto Ramirez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1204-CR-224
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder and Class D felony criminal gang activity.

Brandon E. Klein v. State of Indiana (NFP)

79A02-1201-CR-38
Criminal. Affirms convictions and sentence for Class D felony intimidation and Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of S.K.W. and D.L.W.J.: D.W. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services and Lake County Court Appointed Special Advocate (NFP)
45A03-1206-JT-293
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Thomas Clements v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1205-CR-200
Criminal. Reverses denial of verified petition to limit access to criminal history and vacates the trial court order.

Olie McNeal v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1207-CR-364
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

Megan Parker v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A05-1206-CR-327
Criminal. Affirms conviction of carrying a handgun without a license as a Class A misdemeanor.

Bradley Franks v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1205-CR-256
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Daniel Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
88A01-1205-CR-228
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A felony burglary and Class B felony rape.

Tyrone Frazier v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A02-1202-PC-113
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Metropolitan Property & Casualty Ins. Co. v. Gary Darland (NFP)
53A01-1204-PL-179
Civil plenary. Affirms a covered loss under the MetLife policy occurred and the trial court properly awarded Darland $42,370 for the total loss of a boat and trailer. Reverses loss of use damages to Darland for the 2010 boating season.

Ricky L. Flake v. State of Indiana (NFP)
73A05-1207-CR-356
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony operating a vehicle after suspension.

Luke White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1206-CR-477
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony aggravated battery and Class C felony battery.

Anthony E. Thomas v. State of Indiana (NFP)

20A03-1208-CR-377
Criminal. Affirms revocation of placement in work release center.

The Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. Bill Satterlee is, indeed, a true jazz aficionado. Part of my legal career was spent as an associate attorney with Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans in Valparaiso. Bill was instrumental (no pun intended) in introducing me to jazz music, thereby fostering my love for this genre. We would, occasionally, travel to Chicago on weekends and sit in on some outstanding jazz sessions at Andy's on Hubbard Street. Had it not been for Bill's love of jazz music, I never would have had the good fortune of hearing it played live at Andy's. And, most likely, I might never have begun listening to it as much as I do. Thanks, Bill.

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  5. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

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