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Opinions May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Digitech Computer, Inc. v. Trans-Care, Inc.
10-1525 & 10-1652
Civil. Affirms decisions on fraud and breach of contract, but vacates damages awarded and remands for a new calculation of damages and fees in accordance with opinion.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Paternity of M.W.; K.W. v. B.J.
82A05-1010-JP-639
Juvenile paternity. Reverses award of child custody to father, stating mother had been unaware a court hearing would involve custody and did not have counsel. Finds the trial court erred in denying mother’s motion for relief from judgment and remands for new hearing.

Jose Serrano-Lopez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1005-CR-294
Criminal. Affirms conviction of one count of Class A felony rape, one count of Class A felony criminal deviate conduct, and other related charges.

Maurice A. Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1008-PC-1005
Post-conviction relief petition. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief petition.

Timothy Robinson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A02-1007-CR-848
Criminal. Affirms the trial court’s ruling allowing the state to amend its charging information and reverses the court’s aggregate sentence of 66 years and remands for resentencing consistent with opinion.

Invol. Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of M.R. and A.M.; A.M. & B.M. v. IDCS (NFP)
79A02-1008-JT-1191
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms termination of parental rights for both parents.

Donald Fulk, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A01-1007-CR-381
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class B felony aggravated battery.

Justin Lee Cogswell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1008-CR-1043
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class A misdemeanor battery.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at 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.

  2. The child support award is many times what the custodial parent earns, and exceeds the actual costs of providing for the children's needs. My fiance and I have agreed that if we divorce, that the children will be provided for using a shared checking account like this one(http://www.mediate.com/articles/if_they_can_do_parenting_plans.cfm) to avoid the hidden alimony in Indiana's child support guidelines.

  3. Fiat justitia ruat caelum is a Latin legal phrase, meaning "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." The maxim signifies the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences.

  4. Indiana up holds this behavior. the state police know they got it made.

  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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