In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

DEC. 27, 2017-JAN. 9, 2018

2017's top legal news was dominated by the closure of one law school and the uncertain fate of another, along with big changes in federal and state courts. Looking into 2018, law firms will focus on core strengths and retaining talent, a leading consulting firm predicts. And at Indiana Legal Services, a new project is helping other nonprofits get the legal assist they need to succeed in serving indigent clients.

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Year End Review - Indiana Tech Law School

Top 10 legal stories of 2017 focus on law schools, court changes

The closing of 4-year-old Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne, and the revelation that 138-year-old Valparaiso University Law School faced an uncertain future, made law school troubles the top legal news story of 2017, as determined by the staff of Indiana Lawyer. Changes on the federal and state bench also were among the year’s top stories.

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New ILS project assists nonprofits serving the indigent

A new initiative launched at Indiana Legal Services is aimed at helping nonprofits with their legal needs. The Community Development Legal Project, which officially started in September, is designed to provide services to 501(c)(3) organizations that stretch their dollars to serve the indigent population and have little or no resources to spend on hiring attorneys to draft agreements, file for tax-exempt status, or handle other legal issues.

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Law firm outlook for 2018 focuses on strengths, retaining talent

Major Lindsey & Africa, a recruitment and consulting firm for the legal industry, has released its 2018 Industry Outlook report outlining what law firms can expect in the new year. In short, law firms will remain under increasing pressure to keep costs low and productivity high, so firms are expected to focus on core strengths and retaining key personnel.

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