In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

JULY 6-19, 2011

Polls indicate that many lawyers are dissatisfied with their careers. Are they unhappy as lawyers, or are they just unhappy with the direction their careers have taken? Do you hear positive or negative connotations when someone says "Write like a lawyer"? Attorneys weigh in on grammar usage in legal documents. The Indiana Supreme Court ruled on the rights of individuals to resist police entry into their homes, and now the General Assembly is considering the issue. Read about the summer study committee focusing on the Barnes decision.

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Are you a happy lawyer?

Are they unhappy as lawyers, or are they just unhappy with the direction their legal careers have taken? A recent poll by the Indiana Lawyer asked the question, “If you had it all to do over again, would you still become a lawyer?” Results revealed that less than half could affirmatively say they were happy in their chosen profession.

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Lawmakers examine issues raised in Barnes

As the Indiana Supreme Court decides whether it will revisit a controversial ruling that’s generated public protest since it came down in May, legislators are discussing what they might do to reduce the impact of the justices’ ruling on resisting police entry into one’s home.

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What are lawyers’ pet peeves when it comes to legal writing?

In April, a Missouri attorney filed an eight-page motion seeking clarification of the opposing counsel’s pleading. Attorney Richard D. Crites criticized his opponent’s grammar, use of apostrophes, and lack of detail, writing in his motion that the pleading “is the worst example of pleading that Defendant’s attorney has ever witnessed or read.”

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I-9 audits present legal concerns for businesses

Indiana’s chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business issued a press release June 23, urging Indiana businesses to prepare for I-9 audits. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stepped up its audits of businesses nationwide in an effort to crack down on the employment of unauthorized immigrant workers.

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The merits of medical patents

In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard arguments in a case that raises fundamental questions about the patentability of human genes. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take on a patent case in which the central issue is the patentability of a medical process. Both cases could have far-reaching effects – in medicine, in law, and in academia.

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Southern District magistrate up for reappointment

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is seeking comment as to whether Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann Jr. should be recommended for reappointment. The current term of Magistrate Hussmann, who works in the Evansville Division, expires April 3, 2012.

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Indiana judges to present at pro bono event

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, appellate Judge Nancy Vaidik and lawyers and judges from Pro Bono District One will be among the presenters at a daylong event July 22 at Valparaiso University School of Law. The event, “A Potpourri of Timely Topics,” is co-sponsored by the law school and NWI Volunteer Lawyers.

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The law of art

Katie Zarich, deputy director of public affairs for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, had worked for the IMA for a year when she decided to go to law school. She applied only to Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, knowing that she wanted to continue working for the museum as she attended class at night.

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IBA: Lawyer Advertising: The Truth May Not Set You Free

Indiana’s new advertising rules apply to more than just billboards and Yellow Page ads. Rule 7.2(a) of the Rules of Professional Conduct defines “advertising” as “any manner of communication partly or entirely intended or expected to promote the purchase or use of professional services.” That means that the advertising rules may cover communications on your website, your blog and even on your Facebook page.

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Editorial: IndyBar – Your Source for Information

Back in the day, even before I joined the IndyBar staff, there was a singular method for communicating with our members. Known as the Bulletin, it was a printed elongated postcard readily identified for its unique size and concise information.

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