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Opinions Oct. 22, 2012

October 22, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions prior to IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions prior to IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Wayne Evans v. Duke Energy Indiana, Inc. (NFP)
10A01-1111-PL-539
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court injunction prohibiting construction in a utility easement.

Moondance Enterprises, LLC v. Brown County, Indiana, et al. (NFP)
07A01-1201-PL-5
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s determination that Moondance violated the county zoning ordinance by operating a property as a tourist home, but reverses the fine of $120,010 as excessive and orders the fine reduced to $9,790.

Allan Lee Calligan, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1203-CR-143
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for a Class B felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and adjudication as a habitual offender.

Mike Harmon, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A02-1203-CR-256
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary.

Richmond Center, LLC v. Deutz Corporation (NFP)
89A01-1109-PL-416
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court determination that Richmond Center failed to prove that Deutz caused or contributed to environmental contamination of property it purchased from the corporation that required remediation.


 

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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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