In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

APRIL 3-16, 2019

The attorney discipline complaint against Attorney General Curtis Hill is raising new questions about the nature of the process itself and what a potential sanction against him could mean for his ability to serve. Indiana has been absent from a record pace of law firm mergers, but numerous firms are growing in other ways. Two legal aid efforts are helping people maintain stable housing.

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AG Hill’s attorney discipline case raises new questions

The disciplinary complaint against Hill raises new questions about the disciplinary process itself, including who can preside over the proceedings and what would happen if the state’s chief legal officer loses his law license, even temporarily. But those questions aside, ethics attorneys say Hill’s status as a prominent elected official shouldn’t have any bearing on the nuts and bolts of the discipline process.

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Law: Zany Zillow ‘Zestimates’ zing homeowners

While the 7th Circuit’s decision in Patel v. Zillow likely reinforces what many homeowners and potential homebuyers likely believed about the accuracy of Zillow’s Zestimates or the comparable estimate tools provided by websites such as Trulia and, what it shows about the changing technological market for information on residential homes is equally telling.

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Doell & Sen: Are opportunity zones really creating opportunities?

Since the Opportunity Zones program became law more than one year ago, curiosity has grown among investors. Yet, a press release from Preqin, a company providing data, solutions and insights for alternative asset professionals, suggests that curiosity concerning Opportunity Zones isn’t necessarily translating into sizeable dollar figures.

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Trimble: Do alternative legal communities challenge traditional bars?

Almost every day I have to remind myself that I have the implicit biases and attitudes of a sixty-something white guy. In our rapidly changing legal profession, there is no shortage of change that is heading-spinning for most senior lawyers. If we don’t open our minds and embrace change, our profession will pass us by. The rise of so-called alternative legal communities is one such example.

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IndyBar: Bearing the Burden of Reasoned Argument

Once armed with the facts, the lawyer may then apply the rules to the facts. Whether ultimately successful or not, a well-reasoned application of the law to the proper set of facts is one of the most satisfying efforts in our profession.

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IndyBar: Make a Difference — Volunteer for Free Wills Clinic on April 16

Attorneys, paralegals and law students are needed as volunteers to do intake, conduct private legal consultations with qualified applicants, draft paperwork and witness document signing. Estate planning attorneys are needed but non-probate-savvy attorneys will also be put to good use. Have a notary license? You’re needed too!

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DTCI: Are sellers safe from strict liability under the IPLA?

Practitioners who regularly represent sellers in product liability cases should become thoroughly familiar with “innocent seller” or “innocent distributor” statutes and the case law surrounding them. Counsel should not assume that simply because their client is a seller, their client is protected from strict liability.

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