Stafford: In serving our readers, we’re pleased so many also write

Indiana Lawyer readers — that’s you — are decisive thought leaders with their fingers on the pulse of the state’s legal community, judiciary and justice systems. That’s no idle boast. We have hard data on this.

Your Indiana Lawyer editorial staff strives daily to bring you news and information, online and in our print edition, that is tailored to keep you up to date and in the know. If we’re doing our jobs right, what we do will help you at work and in serving your community. And we always welcome hearing your thoughts about how we’re doing and what we could be doing better.

But to brag on you just a bit more, you’re pretty darn good writers to boot. We gain, and so do our readers, when you share your expertise and views in columns, letters and other submissions. We make every effort to include numerous professional voices in their own words in our print and digital pages, and in my opinion, the more the better.

Our commitment is this: If you have something to say that would be of interest to IL readers, we have the platform. Whether you prefer a lectern or a soapbox, we’re here for you. You can submit guest columns directly to me at [email protected] You can likewise send letters to the editor directly to me or to [email protected] If you have any questions about form or content, give me a call or shoot me an email. I always do my best to respond promptly and personally to all such inquiries.

I like to believe Indiana Lawyer provides a forum like no other for thoughtful, expert voices on a wide range of important and topical issues. That’s no idle boast, either.

In addition to our rotating roster of about 20 regular attorney and legal services columnists, Indiana Lawyer published guest columns in the last 12 months authored by more than 90 attorneys from around the state. Topics ran the gamut. For instance, one column posited the never-ending legal question of whether a taco is a sandwich (do not get me started on this). Another column’s authors made book on Indiana’s gambling overhaul. Others called out unfulfilled diversity pledges or advocated passionately for attorney wellness and fitness efforts.

We also published letters to the editor on topics ranging from the disparate treatment of pro se litigants to environmental concerns with the new Marion County Community Justice Center.

In short, we’re here for you, and we want to hear from you.

Of course, we’re also always looking for news tips. If you have news, email me or any member of our editorial staff — managing editor Olivia Covington ([email protected]), senior reporter Marilyn Odendahl ([email protected]) or reporter Katie Stancombe ([email protected]). You also can submit news tips through a link on our website,, or email [email protected]

Thanks for reading. And writing.•


Dave Stafford is editor of Indiana Lawyer. Opinions expressed are those of the author.

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