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APRIL 18-MAY 1, 2018

A proposal to require attorneys to make their cellphone numbers public has many lawyers speaking out. A push for pro bono produced an upturn in attorneys volunteering their time and money in state and federal court. Intellectual property law clinics at IU Maurer and Notre Dame law schools are helping inventors protect their ideas and launch dreams.
 

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Questions about PACER fees swirling in court disputes

Just about any discussion of the federal judiciary’s online document system, PACER, will quickly turn to a questioning of the fees charged for accessing filings and why the information is not available for free. A recent ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia provided insight into the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system’s financial health and raised more questions.
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Disciplinary Commission offering ethics advice

The commission on April 9 announced a new ethics program that will offer informal guidance in the form of individual responses and formal guidance via public advisory opinions. Attorneys with specific questions about ethical dilemmas will receive guidance uniquely tailored to their problems through the commission’s informal review process.
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State government confronts sexual harassment

With the rise of the #MeToo movement, organizations of all sizes, including state governments, have been forced to take a long look at themselves. After the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation this year to expand training and write a sexual harassment prevention policy for the legislature for the first time, the other two branches of state government are taking action.
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Focus

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Pinkus: A big decision on software and copyright fair use

Few of us get through a day without relying on software based on the Java or Android platforms, and every day for a decade the companies behind them have been locked in battle. Oracle and Google are litigating whether 11,500 lines of Java source code copied verbatim by Google can be used by it for free under the “fair use” defense to infringement in the Copyright Act.
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Opinion

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Bar Associations

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IndyBar: Remembering Judge Patricia Gifford

Judge Patricia Gifford was a true leader of the entire legal community and a pioneer for women attorneys. She was recognized several times by the IndyBar, receiving the Silver Gavel Award in 2008 for her exemplary service on the bench and the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, which honors trailblazing women in the profession, in 2006. Judges and lawyers share their remembrances.
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IndyBar: It Takes Little Effort to Say, “Yes”

One trait common to most in the legal profession is the desire to help others. A little time, encouragement, or support goes along way. If you don’t have the time to lead a team or a committee, support somebody who does or sign up for your company’s caring events.
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DTCI: Eastern vs. Central Time Zone debate passes with a yawn

Coming from Iowa, where the entire state is in the same time zone and Daylight Saving Time had been around for my entire life, it was odd finding out that Indiana was split between two time zones and had only very recently fully adopted Daylight Saving Time. While I thought time was a permanent fixture, longtime Indiana residents feel it is an inconvenience that can be changed.
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