In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

JULY 24-AUG. 6, 2019

Johnson County has an interim prosecutor now that Brad Cooper has been sentenced after pleading guilty to felony counts in a domestic violence case. A circuit court's ruling for a student who sued Purdue University after he was expelled for an alleged sexual assault is the first in a flood of similar cases nationwide. And while some in the judiciary have called for abolishing city and town courts, the venues also have their defenders.

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Cooper out, county moving on

Former Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper told his domestic violence victim and former fiancée in court on July 17, “I did it. I did it all,” as a judge accepted his guilty plea to felony counts that terminated his ability to serve in his elected office and jeopardize his license to practice law. Cooper’s longtime deputy, Joe Villanueva, was sworn in the same day as interim prosecutor.

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Purdue ruling first in flood of campus sex assault appeals

As the number of lawsuits filed by male college students fighting expulsion for alleged sexual assaults grows, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has finally weighed in, reviving a case against Purdue University after it found that the Boilermakers’ disciplinary process for determining guilt “fell short of what even a high school must provide a student facing a days-long suspension.”

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Medically induced disputes causing some heartburn

While the debate rages over the safety of immunizations, family law attorneys in Indiana say that issue is rarely a source of discord between divorced, separated or unmarried parents. However, arguments over medications and doctor’s appointments happen frequently, such as claims that a former spouse goes to the doctor every time the child has a sniffle or others asserting their child should have been taken to an urgent care center instead of the emergency room.

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Makris & Zoeller: How relocation statute changes affect child custody orders

When a parent with a child custody order plans to move, Indiana Code 31-17-2.2 sets out the requirements that they must follow in order to provide the nonrelocating parent with notice of their intended relocation. Amendments to the relocation statute that took effect on July 1 bring changes to filing deadlines, notice procedure, and to whom the law applies.

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Maley: Contempt order shows electronic case filing e-notice risks

For years now, all federal courts have been using ECF electronic filing along with electronic service of filings and court orders. This system offers great convenience and efficiencies, but in today’s litigation practices, with the seemingly nonstop, never-ending inflow of email, the risks of missing a court order are increased. This proved painful in a recent 7th Circuit decision.

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Quick: Smart marketing tips to grow a new law firm

In a very crowded field for attorneys, you need to get your story out. Differentiate yourself from all the rest and choose the best media for advertising the new firm. The marketing world has changed, and smart attorneys will take advantage of all the new platforms to deliver your message.

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Disciplinary Actions

Read who has recently been suspended, placed on probation and reinstated to the practice of law in Indiana.

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IndyBar: Coming in 2020: The Solo/Small Firm Division

The IndyBar is determined to help Indianapolis solo and small firm practitioners meet their unique needs through the brand new Solo/Small Firm Division! Focused on programming, networking and business development opportunities specifically tailored to this large group of attorneys, the division will aim to give solo and small firm practitioners a home within the IndyBar.

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DTCI: Practical Tips for the Developing Young Lawyer

As this year’s graduates prepare to take the July bar exam, I cannot help but think back to when I was taking the bar and preparing to begin my legal career. A daunting task, certainly. But with the support of many in the Indianapolis legal community, I got through it with only a few bumps and bruises. And I learned a lot along the way. For the developing young lawyer, this article offers some practical guidance to help you continue growing professionally.

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