In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019

Indiana Lawyer takes a look back at the year's top legal news of 2018 — a year that was dominated by the sexual misconduct allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill and the continuing aftermath. Hoosier lawyers who work with out-of-state companies or in arrangements the state views as “license rentals" could face potential disciplinary consequences. As scooter crashes and injuries mount, so do questions about liability and whether the state should regulate the new mode of transportation.

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Bad business: Disciplinary Commission warns of ‘license rentals’

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission addressed such questionable relationships in an advisory opinion that cautions Hoosier attorneys against “license rental” partnerships with out-of-state law firms or non-lawyer service groups. Through these partnerships, Hoosier attorneys lend their services to the out-of-state firm or non-lawyer group in exchange for a fee paid for limited client representation in Indiana.

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DCS, schools seeking more funds in 2019 legislative session

Among the biggest issues the 2019 General Assembly will have to contend with is the Department of Child Services, which is still reeling after a tumultuous year that saw a leader abruptly resign and a national group identify several shortcomings in the department’s operations. Gov. Eric Holcomb is calling on lawmakers to devote significant financial resources to the struggling department, and all four legislative leaders say their caucuses plan to make DCS a top priority.

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Stafford: Resolve to honor attorneys who honor the law

In this season of reflection, I hope you’ll think about friends and colleagues who live up to and exceed the legal profession’s loftiest ideals. Think of those who embody the very best of what it means to be a great lawyer. Those are the people we seek to honor in Indiana Lawyer’s 2019 Leadership in Law Awards.

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Technology Untangled: Videoconferencing made easier with Zoom

I was recently asked to facilitate an IP videoconferencing deposition with an ophthalmologist. He was located close to our office, so the plan was for him to come to us. However, his schedule was so tight that the plan changed. Could we do the videoconference from his office? With Zoom and a laptop, yes, we could. I packed up a camera, microphone and computer and went to his office to perform a test.

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IndyBar: Harrell Guest Column — Looking for Something More

This time of year is ripe for thinking about our successes and challenges — and our hope for things to come. It is also a time to express gratitude and appreciation for friends and supporters who selflessly open doors for others. As the Marion County Bar Association’s incoming president, I say “thank you” to outgoing IndyBar president James Bell and Executive Director Julie Armstrong for reaching out to MCBA’s current president, Carlton Martin, and shining a light on the MCBA at such a pivotal moment in our history.

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IndyBar Mourns Loss of Past President Gary Klotz

The IndyBar is saddened to note the passing of 2004 Indianapolis Bar Association President Gary Klotz on Sunday, December 16. Klotz, a longtime partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, was admitted to the bar in 1978 and had retired from the firm at the end of 2017.

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DTCI: The art of witness deposition prep, according to Sun Tzu

“The Art of War,” a 2,000-year-old analysis of battle preparation and strategy, remains perhaps the most widely read book on strategy in the world. Sun Tzu’s theories have been successfully applied in business, politics and sports, and they are no less useful and effective in the “battlefield” of litigation.

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