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Opinions June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: K.T.K., K.C., and K.R.K. (Minor Children), and R.C. (Mother) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services, Dearborn County Office
15S01-1306-JT-402
Juvenile. Sets aside the Court of Appeals order dismissing the mother’s appeal and affirms termination of parental rights. The record supports the trial court’s findings that the conditions resulting in the children’s continued placement outside of the home would not be remedied and termination of parental rights was in the best interest of the children. Denies father’s petition to transfer in separate order.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jesus S. Gil v. State of Indiana
24A04-1211-CR-603
Criminal. The trial court erred by failing to enter written probation terms after Gil pleaded guilty to one count of Class B felony burglary. Affirms the trial court did not abuse its discretion by imposing restitution and a fine because Gil’s open plea agreement left sentencing to the judge’s discretion, but erred in imposing $20,000 in restitution when the record didn’t establish the value of the jewelry taken or damages sustained. Remands with instructions to enter written probation terms and for a new restitution hearing. Affirms 12-year aggregate sentence.

Bennie Gavin v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A05-1211-CR-565
Criminal. Reverses and remands with instructions to vacate Gavin’s conviction of operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of 0.15 or more. Affirms operating while intoxicated conviction and habitual substance offender enhancement.

Richard Brock and Gail Brock v. Pamela Gilbert (NFP)
15A05-1208-PL-401
Civil plenary. Affirms ruling in favor of Gilbert that the Brocks had gifted their dog to her.

Joshua Schulkers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A05-1210-CR-497
Criminal. Reverses and remands with instructions to vacate Schulkers’ conviction and sentence for Class D felony battery resulting in bodily injury on a child less than 14 and affirms other battery and neglect convictions.

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