In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

JAN. 25-FEB. 7, 2017

A whistleblower’s lawsuit against a state agency highlights the risks and rewards for plaintiffs. Young lawyers and law students are likeliest to experience mental health issues, but help is available. Retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker discusses his decades on the appellate bench.

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Retiring Rucker urges diversity on court

As the first African-American to serve on the state’s appellate bench, retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker said he doesn’t think of himself as a trailblazer, but he said it’s important the state’s high court look like the population it serves.

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Open government advocates find victory in Groth decision

Not much was changed in terms of government transparency when the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected former Gov. Mike Pence’s argument that the Indiana executive branch’s responses to open record requests are exempt from judicial review. But, according to open government advocates, that lack of change is actually a good thing.

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JLAP: Post-holiday blues: Yes, it really is ‘a thing’

You may or may not be aware of it, but at JLAP we are sensitive to the reality that a lot of people feel pretty crummy right after the holidays. We talk to lawyers a lot about how they are feeling and our observations are that despite all the advice on how to avoid feeling stressed during the holidays, more people struggle after the holidays than during the holidays.

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Maley: First things first: jurisdiction, jurisdiction, jurisdiction

As the year begins, it is appropriate to get back to the basics. Subject matter jurisdiction is the starting point in every case in federal court, scrutinized from the outset by the district court and then the 7th Circuit. Yet in opinion after opinion common errors in complaints or removal notices are noted by these courts, particularly in diversity jurisdiction cases.

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Camm prosecutor reprimanded for book deal

The Indiana Supreme Court has imposed a public reprimand against a Floyd County prosecutor charged with violations of three Professional Conduct Rules after he failed to recuse himself from a case he planned to write a book about.

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IndyBar: Stay Up to Date on Legislation That Matters to You with Bill Watch Reports

Save time and find the legislation that matters to you and your practice with IndyBar Bill Watch reports, now available for the 2017 legislative session. Bill Watch is a service of the IndyBar Legislative Committee. Through the support of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, the IndyBar distributes an updated report during each week of the session to members indicating the progress and recent actions taken on the bills being monitored by the association.

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DTCI: Be careful what you say: Disciplinary cases hold lessons

Attorneys in Indiana are governed by the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct. One of those rules, Rule 8.4(g), provides that it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to “[e]ngage in conduct, in a professional capacity, manifesting, by words or conduct, bias or prejudice based upon race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or similar factors. Legitimate advocacy respecting the foregoing factors does not violate this subsection.”

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