In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

APRIL 23-MAY 6, 2014

A Notre Dame Law School professor says courts should ask more questions when a bank files a motion to set aside a foreclosure judgment. The bank’s decision to “un-foreclose” on a property can negatively impacts the homeowners, communities and the courts. Attorneys say using audio/video transcripts under a court pilot project is time-consuming and costly for clients. Some say a federal judge's recent ruling may hint at the future of Indiana's marriage law that bans same-sex marraige.

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Court video project exposes problems

The Supreme Court wanted feedback on a pilot project using an audio-video record as the official appellate transcript in three Indiana courts. Lawyers at a recent discussion on the topic appear to favor pulling the plug.

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Ruling may hint at future of Indiana’s marriage law

Although the plaintiffs’ attorneys and the Indiana attorney general both emphasize a federal judge’s temporary order that the state recognize the marriage of one same-sex couple is short-term and limited, the ruling has given gay marriage proponents hope that Indiana’s marriage statute will ultimately be ruled unconstitutional.

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Rise of the zombie house

When a bank files a motion to set aside a foreclosure judgment, often the courts consider the filing good news, assuming the lender and the homeowner have reached a settlement. But things aren’t always what they seem, and courts can be at risk of being duped.

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Trimble: Avoiding and dealing with pessimism in mediation

By John C. Trimble Trimble All of us who attend or conduct mediation on a regular basis soon come to realize that pessimism is one aspect of mediation that occurs in every mediation session. We learn that if we let pessimism cause us to quit, we would never settle anything. However, pessimism on the part […]

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Whaley: ‘Multi-jurisdictional’ cases complicate attorney-client privilege analysis

Litigators in discovery practice are certainly used to wrestling with attorney-client privilege decisions, which are interesting and challenging enough even when the case involves parties and a court that all share the same “citizenship.” But how is the analysis affected when the parties, the court and perhaps the source of the requested information (such as a non-party) are in different states?

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Inbox – 4/23/14

A reader asks the legal community to stop using the term “homosexual” because of its history.

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Indiana Judges Association: Judging from the mountaintop

If judges wore wigs in the United States, there might be a marked increase, I say, in public confidence in our courts. Hopefully, it would not be outweighed by any marked increase in public satire, but it could not be any worse than the judge shows now on daytime TV. The public always needs to understand that courts are serious and judges are different. More importantly, it is necessary to understand why.

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8 more claim abuses in suspended Clark County drug court

Eight new plaintiffs have been added to a federal civil-rights lawsuit claiming officials involved in Clark County’s suspended drug court program jailed participants for months without due process, conducted improper searches and made unauthorized arrests.

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IndyBar: Matthew Maples Selected as IndyBar Law Student of the Year

The importance of pro bono service is a theme that is routinely emphasized to practicing attorneys. For one law student, no encouragement will be necessary. The Indianapolis Bar Association’s 2014 Law Student of the Year, Matthew Maples of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, has completed close to 2,000 hours of pro bono service during his law school career.

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IndyBar: IBF Scholarship Recipients: Where Are They Now?

While many are aware of the good the Indianapolis Bar Foundation does for the Indianapolis legal community, some might not be aware that the IBF has been responsible for awarding more than 75 scholarships to law students since 1983. These scholarships help alleviate the high cost of law school and provide students more affordable access to post-graduate education.

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