In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

APRIL 20-MAY 3, 2016

The ACLU of Indiana has received more than $1.4 million from the state in legal fees since Pence took office, thanks to successful constitutional challenges to hot-button issues. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 29 issued a design patent for the Garden Tower 2, created in Indiana, and other patents are pending for an invention that allows up to 50 plants to grow in a compact space that would fit on the most modest apartment patio. The recent 51 percent bar passage rate for February 2016 test-takers is the lowest since 2002.

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Recent bar passage results ‘stunning’

Traditionally those who take the bar exam in February achieve a lower pass rate than their July counterparts, but the results from this February’s exam has surprised many, raising questions about the quality of the test-takers as well as the quality of the exam.

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Making sure compliance is kept

Barnes & Thornburg LLP has launched a new corporate compliance group aimed at giving clients a “one-stop shop” at the same time the firm and one of its lawyers has received a top assignment from the federal government.

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DNA result shielded from rape trial jury

A man convicted of rape wasn’t permitted at his trial to introduce DNA evidence collected from the victim when she sought medical attention. The DNA was from another man who also was at the party attended by several other people who testified the crime took place.

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Indiana patent law delaying demand letters

While the passage of House Enrolled Act 1102 has not been met with a lot of noise, it is causing attorneys to think twice before sending a letter asserting patent infringement. Lawyers now have to consider the requirements of patent laws that have bloomed in many states and the potential ramifications of being found in violation.

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E-filing pleadings to be mandatory July 1

After deciding last week all appellate pleadings and motions would be available online at within the next 60 days, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Tuesday electronic filing of all pleadings to pending cases will become mandatory for all attorneys in Indiana appellate courts as well as Hamilton County Circuit and Superior Courts July 1.

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IndyBar: Breakfast with the Bar Serves up ‘Cold Pizza’ Tips

Breakfast with the Bar is a monthly IndyBar Law Student Division event held throughout the academic year where law students mingle with attorneys in a small group setting. Each event features a different practice area or type. While Breakfast with the Bar will take a break for the summer, keep an eye out for it to start back up in September, and enjoy a law student’s recap of the most recent session!

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