In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

FEB. 16-MARCH 1, 2022

As the nation waits to hear who President Joe Biden will name as his first U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Indiana legal leaders are anticipating the fulfillment of his promise to nominate the first Black woman to the high court. IL managing editor Jordan Morey and reporter Katie Stancombe spoke with those leaders about their hope for the future of SCOTUS and the judiciary as a whole. Meanwhile, IL senior reporter Marilyn Odendhal has an interview with Greg Gotwald, the new leader of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun who describes his career as a series of right turns. Plus, we've got a new Focus section for you to check out: Diversity in Law. Read all that and more inside the Feb. 16, 2022, issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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Many Afghan evacuees stuck in legal limbo after Atterbury

Three days after the final group of Afghan evacuees departed from Camp Atterbury, DeFur Voran associate Kelli Liggett met with some of the families who had resettled in Muncie. What she found on Jan. 28 was a mix of immigration cases — many of which, she estimates, won’t be processed by the time their humanitarian parole status is up in two years.

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Legislative fatigue reflects weariness with housing crisis

By the time the “residential eviction actions” bill was called, the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee hearing had stretched well beyond two hours and, after hearing testimony, the session was adjourned with no vote taken on the measure. The fatigue felt by legislators and those constituents who were still in attendance on Feb. 9 is much like the tiredness gripping many Hoosiers and community agencies that have been bracing for and facing an eviction crisis since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Web Exclusive: Fennell to offer pro bono abroad through Fulbright scholarship in Republic of Maldives

A 10-hour time difference couldn’t stifle Monica Fennell’s excitement about being in a foreign country for a unique opportunity to do what she loves: talk about pro bono work. Indianapolis-based Fennell, who serves as pro bono director at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and as an adjunct professor at Butler University, was recently chosen to receive a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award by the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, sending her to the Republic of Maldives.

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IndyBar: Indianapolis Has the Diverse Talent You Need: Sign on to be An Employer or Sponsor at the 2022 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

The benefits of having a diverse legal team, whether in the public or private sector, has been acknowledged by the Indianapolis legal community well before 2022. The Indianapolis Bar Association takes pride in its diverse legal community and is committed to promoting continued diversity as evidenced in its annual Diversity Job Fair.

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