In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

JAN. 24-FEB. 6, 2018

Indiana's system for processing child support payments relies on 1980s technology so antiquated that those rely on it fear it may collapse. Lake County lawmakers and East Chicago residents are fighting to keep cleanup a priority at a lead- and arsenic-contaminated EPA Superfund site. Chief Justice Loretta Rush acknowledged challenges posed by the opioid epidemic but said in her State of the Judiciary address that state courts are looking toward a hope-filled future.

 

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Child support network faces fear of collapse

Several times while talking about the statewide computer system that keeps track of child support money, John Owens rapped his knuckles on the nearest piece of wood. Indiana’s technology, dubbed ISETS, processes almost $1 billion in child support payments every year. However, the Department of Child Services says in a report that ISETS is “built on dying technology” from the 1980s. The concern is one day, it will crash for good.

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Keeping East Chicago lead cleanup a priority

Two Statehouse Democrats from northwest Indiana know the cleanup of the contamination site in East Chicago will not only take years but also a steady state commitment. Their legislation — and affected residents’ federal court cases — aim to keep the issue in the spotlight.

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Rush: Courts ready for hope-filled future

It’s no secret the ongoing opioid epidemic has ravaged nearly every corner of the Hoosier state, sending thousands to court on drug charges, ballooning the number of children in need of services and more. But even as the drug crisis strains Indiana’s judicial resources, Chief Justice Loretta Rush said new court programs and technology have positioned the judiciary to meet the crisis head-on and lead the state into a “hope-filled future.”

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Fixed plea modifications at heart of legislation, Supreme Court case

When a court accepts a fixed-sentence plea agreement, prosecutors and defenders alike say the long-standing practice has been for courts to uphold the exact terms of that sentence, absent an agreement between the parties. A recent Indiana Court of Appeals ruling, however, has seemingly put an end to that practice, leading to both a legislative and judicial review of the sentencing issue.

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The ups and downs of investing in bitcoin

Attorneys, accountants and wealth management professionals say last year’s skyrocketing valuation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has fueled interest among investors. Experts warn those who put their money in bitcoin to be prepared for a bumpy ride.

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Charity donations likely to drop in 2018

Traditionally generous Americans may have less incentive to give to charitable causes next year because of the newly minted tax law. The changes that will make it less advantageous for many people to donate to charity in 2018, charity executives and experts say.

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JLAP: What are law firms doing to address well-being issues?

Practicing law is stressful. Stress breeds anxiety, depression, problem drinking and other challenges to being a well-adjusted, successful lawyer. Help can come from many areas, such as friends, family and medical professionals. An American Bar Association-backed task force report recommends law firms should be squarely in this remedial mix.

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Making Rain: Alexa, how do I find more clients?

Recently I received, as a gift, the Amazon Echo Show. I plugged it in, and, voila, Alexa could help me find almost anything. She gets a little confused on some things, but, for the most part, I have found her to be very helpful with basic questions and requests for information. I decided I’d find out what Alexa knows about finding new clients and business development.

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Letter: Indiana falls short of living up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

As the nation observed Martin Luther King Day Jan. 15, Indiana again took its unfortunate place as a bystander when it comes to honoring his legacy. Our state is known more for the legacy of laws tainted by the KKK when it ruled Indiana in the 1920s than for the progressive civil rights laws that took root in the 1960s. We have no real civil rights laws in Indiana. But, there is something you can do about it.

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IndyBar: What Will Bring Us Together This Year?

Greetings and welcome to the 140th year of the Indianapolis Bar Association. For 140 years, the IndyBar has served its members, promoted justice and enhanced the legal profession. It has survived the Depression, two World Wars, Ron Artest’s attempt to destroy the Pacers and that time some corporate hacks tried to change the taste of […]

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