In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

FEB. 3-16, 2020

After 39 years, G. Michael Witte, executive director of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, is calling it a career — sort of. A new yearlong legal-focused series, Open Conversations, hopes to draw on the power of frank discussion to illuminate issues of race and justice. And with the powerful lobbying interests of two boys from LaPorte, Indiana lawmakers are taking a stand for lemonade.

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Conversations on race draw on power of candid talks

To capitalize on the talks that started during 2020, attorney Angka Hinshaw is joining Indiana Justice Steven David to lead a yearlong discussion about racial issues and cultural differences. The goal of the program, Open Conversations, is to foster honest, perhaps uncomfortable, dialogue where the participants can gain new insight and understanding.

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Taking a stand for lemonade

A bill in the 2021 Indiana General Assembly would make clear that lemonade stands are legal in the Hoosier state, thanks to two LaPorte boys who wanted to tackle an issue near to their hearts.

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The next step: Civil forfeiture reform efforts continue in Indiana

Civil forfeiture is back before the judicial and the legislative branches of Indiana government. A Senate bill would implement forfeiture reforms that practitioners say have long been necessary, while a case scheduled to go before the Indiana Supreme Court this month for the third time could further refine how trial courts consider whether a forfeiture is lawful.

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Mizzell: You can’t ignore texts and chat messages in e-discovery

Texts and chat messages are informal and fragmented forms of communication that can be hard to address in both written discovery and the technical collection of documents. So here are a few suggestions to help attorneys who are just starting to grapple with this developing area of electronic discovery.

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Young: Looking for greater equity in America’s caste system

I’ve been wrestling with the idea of a more just Indiana and what that really means and looks like for the millions of Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19, unemployment, racism and in some instances bad luck. COVID has wreaked havoc on customary ways of conducting business, all the while intensifying political divides in an already divided country. Is that disruption of “normalcy” a bad thing?

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IndyBar: Tea and Pivoting with the IndyBar & IBF

While the IndyBar and Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s successes are due in large part to the generosity and dedication of our community, the leadership, boards, and staff pirouetted through the minefields of 2020 like a barefoot parent dodging Legos on a hardwood floor.

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IndyBar: I’ve Got Your (Feed)Back: Giving and Getting Feedback in Mediation

Recently, I participated in a mediation. The case did not settle. Later that evening, I received an email from the mediator, giving me some feedback as to the what the mediator thought were the stumbling blocks in the case that day and some ideas as to what resolutions may still be salvageable. I rarely receive post-mediation emails from a mediator. But I really appreciated the feedback. It was challenging yet motivating.

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IndyBar: Pretty Paper: Modern Lawyers Can Still Use Pen and Paper

If going full electric makes you uncomfortable, there is a middle ground. Apps like Livescribe allow you to use smart pens and smart paper to capture traditional and nontraditional electronic notes via the traditional mechanism you still love. Yes, it’s a real ink pen. Yes, it’s real paper. Sorry, fountain pens are unavailable.

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DTCI: Constitutional Law and Private Health Care Providers

When the typical claim in health care against a private health care provider alleges medical malpractice, why would the provider be concerned about the constitutional rights of the patient and the patient’s family? Section 1983 claims provide a Constitution-based vehicle for patients and/or their families to bring claims alleging violations of constitutional rights.

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