In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

AUG. 31-SEPT. 13, 2022

It's been 10 years since the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana opened its doors, and in that time it has grown from a one-person operation to a nationally-recognized leader in fair housing advocacy. Indiana Lawyer Senior Reporter Marilyn Odendahl takes a look back at the first decade of the FHCCI's work, and a look ahead at what's to come in the next decade. Meanwhile, one attorney is putting his legal research skills to use in another field: churches. Read IL Reporter Katie Stancombe's story about Lee Little, the law librarian who recently published a book featuring historic church buildings in Indianapolis. And in the Education Law Focus — a new Focus Section in 2022 — Katie dives into a new grant program designed specifically for special education students at private schools. Read those stories and more in the Aug. 31-Sept. 13, 2022, issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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No place like home: Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana uses education, advocacy and enforcement to fight housing discrimination

Ten years ago, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana opened its doors in Indianapolis to help Hoosier tenants and homeowners keep their anchors. The small agency, which covers an area of 24 counties and 2.5 million people, educates, advocates and enforces the laws and regulations that prohibit housing discrimination.

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Searching for truth: IU McKinney law librarian publishes book detailing historic Indianapolis churches

Light filtered gently through murky multicolored glass on a weekday afternoon at the Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle as law librarian Lee Little expertly described the intricacies of the historic structure. Enthralled by the rich, complex and at times painful pasts of churches in the Indianapolis area, Little — a research and instruction librarian and adjunct lecturer in law at the Ruth Lilly Law Library at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law — decided to put pen to paper and document the city’s churches and congregations.

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Interstate custody battle creates UCCJEA precedent: Photos and recordings kept by woman convinced Indiana court to decline jurisdiction

In March of 2021, Aubrey Shoemaker grabbed her child and fled from Indiana to the safety of her family in Alabama. The next day, she walked into an Alabama courthouse and filed a petition for an order of protection against her husband, Austin Shoemaker. Three days later, Austin filed for divorce and emergency custody of his child in Henry Circuit Court. Thus started a fight that initially involved two trial courts in different states issuing conflicting orders.

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Boyce: Navigating the crossroads of America in education law

Education law is changing in ways that create an uncertain legal landscape for educators and families. Federal decisions and guidance at times conflict with state policy priorities. This places educators in unique and often high-tension positions where they are called to mind the needs of students while staying compliant with the law.

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Maley: 7th Circuit addresses amending pleadings after deadline

In Allen v. Brown Advisory, LLC, 41 F.4th 843 (7th Cir. 2022), the plaintiff appealed from the dismissal of his action and denial of his motion to amend his complaint. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed; the discussion on seeking to amend pleadings after the amendment deadline has passed is relevant procedurally and provides an excellent primer.

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DTCI: Philadelphia and lawyers representing business

Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn and served as the capital of Pennsylvania during the British colonial era. It went on to play a historic and vital role in the 18th century as the central meeting place for our nation’s Founding Fathers. This fall, it will also serve as the location for DRI’s annual meeting.

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