In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

JULY 11-24, 2018

As the inquiry into groping allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill expands, questions persist about the investigation itself and the possible ethical duties of those who looked into the allegations. An Indianapolis attorney traveled to the southern border to assist immigrant families separated under a since-voided zero tolerance policy. Evaluating a prospective lawyer's character and fitness is as important as the bar exam itself, examiners say.

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Evaluating character, fitness seen as important as bar exam

Every jurisdiction evaluates applicants for character and fitness, according to the 2018 Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners in collaboration with the American Bar Association. But Indiana is among a handful of states that mandates all applicants for the bar undergo a character and fitness review.

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Indiana online sales tax can take effect after SCOTUS ruling

By putting an end to the bright line rule allowing the collection of sales tax only from companies with a physical presence in a state, the United States Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, et al. created a new task for states: setting a threshold that online retailers must meet before a sales tax can be imposed. In Indiana, that task is already complete thanks to a 2017 law intentionally passed to spur SCOTUS action.

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Judge blocks latest Indiana abortion restriction

For the third consecutive year, an Indiana law that would have raised restrictions on abortion rights was blocked by a federal judge. Abortion rights supporters say they expect more such attempts in the future, while the continuity of those federal rights has suddenly become an open question.

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Perry: South Dakota v. Wayfair will reach beyond online retailers

In the landmark case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Court held that a state can impose a sales tax collection and remittance requirement on a company even if it has no physical presence in that state. While Wayfair dealt with online retailers of tangible goods, the overruling of the physical presence requirement can potentially impact any company, not just online retailers of tangible goods.

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DTCI: Writing for fun also may enhance your practice abilities

I dropped off my 10-year old daughter at Butler University’s creative writing camp this week. As I watched Charlotte walk to her classroom, composition notebook and pen in hand, I thought to myself, when was the last time I wrote anything for fun? Like Charlotte, as a child, I used to fill blank pages with stories. Stories I created. My interest in writing continued and certainly was a factor in choosing the profession of law, but if someone asked me to write a story today, I would not even know where to begin.

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