In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

JULY 12-25, 2017

Black lawyers who rose through the ranks of larger law firms say they see vast changes in how life in a big firm is for newer attorneys as compared to when they were starting their careers. Law students and inmates were learning from each other through IU McKinney's Inside-Out course, until the Indianapolis re-entry facility where the classes were held was abruptly shut down. A TV station is challenging a court-imposed ban on airing audio it obtained from the court of a sentencing hearing, hoping the case makes precedent.

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TV station challenging ban on airing court audio

A case currently before the Indiana Court of Appeals could have a precedential effect on the process judges must go through before prohibiting the broadcasting of court recordings, as a northern Indiana TV station argues for answers as to why it was banned from airing a court-provided recording of a sentencing hearing in a high-profile case.

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State appeals ruling that suspended death penalty

An Indiana Court of Appeals decision that suspended executions in the state violated the separation of powers and resulted in new, unintended burdens that could lead to “dysfunction” in carrying out executions, the state argues in seeking transfer to the Indiana Supreme Court.

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Law students and inmates learn from each other at IU McKinney’s ‘Inside-Out’ course

The IU McKinney course is based on the national Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program that was developed in the 1990s at Temple University. With classes now taught around the world, the program calls for outside students (typically at the undergraduate or graduate levels) to join inside students (the inmates) at a prison to discuss issues related to criminal justice.

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Bamberger merger is Indiana’s first in 2017

In the first merger involving an Indiana firm in 2017, Evansville-based Bamberger Foreman Oswald & Hahn LLP will provide a stronger foothold in the Hoosier state to a Kentucky regional law practice and, in return, will gain a deeper bench of expertise to serve its clients.

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Updated law provides more protection for abandoned medical records

Indiana already had a statute covering abandoned medical records, but Senate Enrolled Act 549, which sailed through the Statehouse during the 2017 session, updated the law. The new provisions expanded the definition of “abandoned,” added language requiring database owners to safeguard the medical information stored in their systems, and gave the Indiana Attorney General the power to recover the costs of protecting the discarded health records.

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Fresh cases setting precedents in mental health law

Under what circumstances may someone be excluded from a hearing to determine whether they should be committed for mental health treatment? The Indiana Court of Appeals grappled with that question during oral arguments June 28, just one day after another panel ruled on another matter of first impression regarding involuntary commitment — the court itself noting scarce caselaw.

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Citizens Action Coalition sues for state records on Carrier deal

A complaint filed Friday in Marion County by Citizens Action Coalition alleges that the governor’s office has violated the Indiana Access to Public Records Act by not providing the grass-roots consumer group documents it wants about Vice President and former Gov. Mike Pence’s communications involving Carrier Corp. and United Technologies.

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