In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

MARCH 16-29, 2022

With the world watching the situation in Ukraine unfold, Hoosier lawyers and judges are remembering a time when our judiciary partnered with courts across the globe. Indiana Lawyer reporter Katie Stancombe has the story on the Indiana-Ukraine judicial partnership. Relatedly, IL managing editor Jordan Morey provides insight into how Hoosier law schools are working the Ukrainian conflict into students' legal education. And in the Employment Law Focus, IL senior reporter Marilyn Odendahl tells us why in-house lawyers are expecting a surge in class action lawsuits against employers. Read those stories and more in the March 16, 2022, issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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Confusion, dismay over decision to close Family Recovery Court

The Marion Superior Court Executive Committee has announced the family recovery court, which started in 2010, will be closing at the end of the month. Dwindling participation along with concerns about how the program was being operated have been cited as among the reasons for the decision to stop. But stakeholders and graduates say the closure will have a devastating impact, rippling beyond the participants to their children and extended family members.

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Making litigants’ voices heard: Indy attorney Sniderman takes on additional role helping recruited counsel represent prisoners

Attorney Mark Sniderman is taking his respect for the client’s story to his new role as consulting attorney for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana’s Recruited Counsel Program. He will continue his private practice and serve in this new position, which started Feb. 1, on an as-needed basis, providing materials and offering guidance to attorneys in the program.

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Web Exclusive: Indy Lawyers Basketball League brings March Madness to the law

During the cold winter months, lawyers from across central Indiana return to the courts after the sun goes down. While there are plenty of motions, occasional oral arguments and even benches, the procedures during the meetings are far different from their day jobs. For around 13 weeks each year, dozens of attorneys trade in their suits and briefcases for jerseys and sneakers and take to the hardwood — a precedent set more than 40 years ago.

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Roberson: New law ends forced arbitration in sexual assault, harassment cases

On March 3, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, which will nullify forced arbitration clauses in sexual assault and sexual harassment cases. Following the #MeToo movement, many states have enacted legislation to limit the scope of claims covered in employment arbitration agreements, but the act is the first federal limitation.

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St. Pierre: Employers grappling with religious exemptions to COVID vaccine

Previous versions of HEA 1001 provided that any worker could be granted a religious exemption to a vaccine mandate without employers inquiring into the validity of the employees’ claims. Had that version of the bill passed through the General Assembly and been signed by Holcomb, Indiana employers would have clear marching orders when it came to religious exemptions from vaccine mandates. But that provision was hotly contested and, ultimately, removed from the version of the bill that is now law in Indiana. So the question remains: What should Indiana employers do when they receive a request for religious exemption from a COVID-19 vaccine mandate?

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Hurley and Mappes: Noncompete agreements under attack: What to know and how to protect your trade secrets

Businesses routinely use noncompete agreements to protect their most valuable assets, including trade secrets. However, noncompete agreements are increasingly under attack at both the state and federal level. This two-part series will first explain recent developments restricting the use of noncompetes, then Part II will focus on how that increased scrutiny on noncompete agreements may impact trade secret protection.

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Spurgeon: Prioritizing connection in a hybrid world

As the dust settles on COVID-19, it seems it is now easier to become isolated from others in the legal community, and even from those in your own firm. With many courts and law offices going hybrid, there are fewer organic opportunities to connect, whether through in-person court conferences or birthday cake in the break room at the office. Some of these new efficiencies are great, but many come with a trade-off.

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Guest column: Potential antitrust implications of noncompete agreements

Noncompete agreements generally are treated the same whether analyzed under state law or antitrust principles. However, limited instances exist in which antitrust laws may be more restrictive than state noncompete laws are. Businesses with high market shares in their geographic and product markets should take special caution to ensure their restrictive covenants do not unlawfully restrain competition.

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