In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

AUG. 3-16, 2022

After a gunman who opened fire in the Greenwood Park Mall was gunned down by an armed bystander, several questions were raised — was the bystander allowed to have a gun at the mall? Could he be held criminally liable for opening fire, even though he likely saved lives? Indiana Lawyer managing editor Jordan Morey dives into those questions and finds lawyers who can provide some answers. Meanwhile, the abortion debate continues in Indiana as lawmakers tackle what has turned out to be a difficult task: crafting anti-abortion legislation. IL senior reporter Marilyn Odendahl has those updates. And in the Litigation Support/Technology Focus, IL reporter Katie Stancombe provides a glimpse of what a future cameras-in-courts plan could look like in Indiana courtrooms. Read those stories, and more, in the Aug. 3-16, 2022, issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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Greenwood shooting prompts questions: Incident puts spotlight on changes to Indiana gun laws

In the aftermath of the Greenwood Park Mall shooting, many open-carry advocates have pointed to the incident as an example of the need for more “good guys with guns,” while those calling for more restrictions have argued the outcome will lead to more shootings, but with unfavorable outcomes. Regardless of a person’s stance on gun rights, questions regarding Indiana’s gun access laws have once again come into play.

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Providing ‘the right services at the right time in the right place’: Faegre Drinker’s John Stanley leads team focused on supporting attorneys

If John Stanley and his team of roughly 400 do their jobs correctly, no one will notice. Stanley oversees a wide range of behind-the-scenes activities at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP that attorneys and their clients might not pay much attention to unless whatever object or service they want is missing or malfunctioning. Across 21 global offices, he and his team handle such matters as operations administration, real estate, travel, hospitality and research and information.

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SB 1 fanning worries about recruiting: Attorneys concerned abortion ban could make IN unattractive to new hires

Indianapolis attorney William Rosenbaum said he sees a link between the abortion ban being crafted in the Indiana Statehouse and the number of lawyer jobs being filled in Indiana. Rosenbaum’s firm, Rosenbaum Law P.C., is among more than 200 Hoosier businesses that recently signed a letter calling on lawmakers to maintain access to reproductive health.

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Going live? Broadcast pilot draws some interest, provides glimpse of future possibilities

Last month, the Indiana Supreme Court announced it was seeking the public’s input on a proposed rule amendment to Judicial Conduct Rule 2.17, which would give Indiana trial judges discretion to allow “news media” to broadcast, televise, record and photograph court proceedings. That’s as long as the cameras don’t distract court participants or impair the dignity of the proceedings, the proposed rule says.

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‘Law bots’ not taking over attorneys’ in-house jobs

In the panic that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, corporate legal departments went looking for their contracts to figure out which provisions were binding and which were eliminated under the “Act of God” clause. That scramble accelerated the growing trend of in-house attorneys adopting and using technology geared toward the legal industry.

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Smith: Written advocacy in the electronic age: Do’s and don’ts

Embracing the recent advances in technology, every court in Indiana is now part of the Indiana Electronic Filing System. This means almost every judge in this state — from small claims to the Supreme Court — now reads some part of your written work product on an iPad, laptop, smartphone or computer screen. Many attorneys, however, still have not changed their writing styles and practices to reflect this, and they are missing significant advocacy opportunities as a result.

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Brinkerhoff: Poetic advice: Be kind while there is still time

One of my favorite podcasts, “Men in Blazers,” is led in part by a beautiful soul named Roger Bennett, whose recall of works of literature (among his other gifts) is stunning even to this trivia nerd. When discussion on the podcast turns from soccer to things way more important than soccer, Bennett often recites the poignant closing lines of Philip Larkin’s “The Mower” from “Collected Poems,” which inspired me in writing this column and which advice I hope we can all remember: “… we should be careful/Of each other, we should be kind/While there is still time.”

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Dillman: Economic instability and the need to plan for long-term care

The current economic crisis has rattled the confidence of all of us, including my clients. If you are in a practice that focuses on pre-planning, then I am sure you are seeing a similar reaction. Clients who are typically proactive are now pulling back on the reins and taking care of immediate needs — doing just enough to address these immediate needs — rather than preparing for the near future.

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