In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

MARCH 18-31, 2020

At a special and emotional graduation ceremony for the federal court’s REACH re-entry program, Kenny Lewis’ accomplishments, inspiration and legacy were celebrated. The first woman lawyer at one of Indianapolis’ leading law firms has stepped aside after her career blazed a trail for female attorneys and firm leaders. And after controversy at the Statehouse this year, an effort is underway to review the juvenile justice system.

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Lewis’ legacy: Cake, applause and a challenge coin mark a special REACH graduation

Calling REACH “a beautiful program,” Kenny Lewis credited the federal court re-entry initiative with giving him the perseverance to stay at his job and teaching him to speak louder so others could hear what he had to say. Baker and the other members of the REACH team described Lewis as a model participant who not only exhibited tremendous character and did everything expected of him, but also encouraged and supported his fellow participants.

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Bonding over books helps women lawyers grow

Seven women from different walks of life — and legal practices — gathered recently to reminisce on a literary journey they’ve come to cherish. Formed in the spring of 2017, the IndyBar Women Lawyers Division’s Beyond the Book Club was birthed out of a desire to create an engaging space to talk about women’s issues.

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Connor and Black: The what, why and how of addressing workplace implicit bias

“Implicit bias” refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. Biases are often based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, appearance, sex, gender, religion, national origin and socioeconomic status. Everyone has some form of implicit bias. We develop these biases because of our social, economic and familial groups. Our brains rely on ingrained prejudgments to help us quickly process information that bombards us every day — without conscious thought.

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Bankovich and Bowling: Indiana’s marijuana laws keep things simple for employers, for now

Notwithstanding the national trend of states repealing statutes that criminalized possession of marijuana, Indiana remains steadfast in its prohibition of marijuana. While opinions obviously vary a great deal as to the wisdom of that prohibition, this continuing prohibition does, for the time being, hold at bay some of the thornier issues that can arise for employers regarding employee use of marijuana.

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IndyBar: Parenting Time, Spring Break and the Coronavirus

As family law practitioners, we are well aware of the challenges that surround scheduling vacations and travel during school breaks. It isn’t uncommon to have disagreements about where and when children should travel, not to mention with whom. However, the rapid and unpredictable spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), just in time for spring break, has lent new urgency to this issue.

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IndyBar: Inactive And Retired Indiana And Other Out-Of-State Attorneys Now Authorized To Provide Pro Bono Representation

As of January 1, 2020, a brand new Indiana Supreme Court rule went into effect granting the opportunity for certain qualifying attorneys to hold a Pro Bono Publico License and serve as pro bono counsel. The rule covers certain types of Indiana and out-of-state attorneys who are not actively admitted to practiced law under Indiana’s general rules of admission, but who are otherwise in “good standing” with the bar of this or another state.

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DTCI: Civil forfeiture and the Eighth Amendment

Attorneys representing entities that engage in civil forfeitures should familiarize themselves with the U.S. Supreme Court’s State v. Timbs ruling to ensure their clients comply with the ruling and the entity’s constitutional obligations.

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