In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

Jan. 5-18, 2022

Happy New Year, Indiana Lawyer readers!  The start of 2022 also means the beginning of a new legislative session. IL senior reporter Marilyn Odendahl wrote about how the number of attorneys in the Statehouse has declined over the years and spoke with current and former lawyers-legislators about how their skills have translated to the General Assembly. Also be sure to read Marilyn's story on how the Southern Indiana District Court is working on a new learning center, and her focus article on how family law attorneys are seeing higher tensions among their clients due to the pandemic. IL reporter Katie Stancombe covered the hot topic of vaccine mandates in this issue and also looked at a study that found women attorneys are still outnumbered in federal appellate courts. Also be sure to read IL managing editor Jordan Morey's story on the Indiana State Bar Association's Leadership Development Academy and its 10th class. Find these stories and much more in the Jan. 5-18 issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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Courthouse curriculum: New learning center will tell the story of Southern Indiana District Court

To help explain the significance of what school children and adults see, a project is underway to create a space within the Southern Indiana District Court building that will teach about the third branch of government. The Federal Court Learning Center will showcase some of the artifacts from the Southern Indiana District as well as feature informational displays and interactive exhibits. Visitors will learn how the federal judiciary works, how it is different from the state courts and the roles citizens play in the judicial process.

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Clogged pipelines: Study finds women attorneys still outnumbered in federal appeals

A recent study found men arguing before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals outnumbered women nearly three to one, which has remained largely unchanged in a decade. While slightly more women argued before the court in 2019 compared to 2009, that change was primarily attributable to the public sector. Women were also found to be more likely to represent and work for the government instead of private entities.

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Soshnick: Marital property in Indiana: What words to trust?

By Andrew Z. Soshnick The treatment of trust interests as marital property under Indiana law has an underdeveloped and confusing history. The 1973 Indiana Dissolution of Marriage Act and statutory amendments do not directly address the issue of what trust interests are marital property. Likewise, few appellate opinions attempt to clarify when trust interests are […]

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JLAP: The trap of setting New Year’s resolutions

Depending on whose research you use, between 80% to 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail, and U.S. News & World Report says most lose their resolve by mid-February. JLAP Deputy Director Loretta Oleksy says she doesn’t pretend to have the solution, but if you’re interested in exploring alternatives, she’d love some company along the way.

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IndyBar: IndyBar Foundation to Award $35,000 to Community Partner

For more than 50 years, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation has worked to ensure equal access to justice for all Indianapolis-area residents. In an effort to expand this impact on the greater Indianapolis community, applications from local organizations are now being accepted through Feb. 15, 2022 for the foundation’s annual Community Empowerment Grant. The grant will be awarded in April 2022.

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