In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

MARCH 30-APRIL 12, 2022

The United States Judicial Conference is taking steps to ensure federal judges are mindful of their financial interests when they take on a new case, but do the new regulations go far enough? Indiana Lawyer senior reporter Marilyn Odendahl has that story. Meanwhile, Indiana prosecutors are preparing for a new rape statute designed to address situations where a victim doesn't verbally resist, but both proponents and opponents of the change are unsure about its impact. IL reporter Katie Stancombe has more. And in the Intellectual Property Focus, IL managing editor Jordan Morey takes a look at the "Wild, Wild West" of name, image and likeness regulations among student-athletes. Read those stories and more in the March 30, 2022, issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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Faith-based legal office again looking for leader

Stenciled on the back wall of the Expungement Help Desk run by the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is a reminder that many who come looking to move forward with their lives often photograph and post on their Facebook pages. The message reads: “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.” As it begins another search for a new executive director almost two years after hiring its previous leader, Amy Horton, the clinic may need to keep that affirmation in mind.

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The new frontier: Indiana attorneys navigating name, image, likeness ‘Wild, Wild West’

On June 21, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled the National Collegiate Athletic Association couldn’t prohibit athletes on teams at member schools from receiving certain education-related compensation. In affirming the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ opinion in NCAA, et al. v. Alston, et al., college athletes were given the green light to get paid for their names, images and likenesses. By June 30, the NCAA had released an interim NIL policy, providing general guidelines as to how universities and athletes could approach NIL business ventures while also complying with existing NCAA bylaws prohibiting “pay-for-play” arrangements.

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Hartz: What’s intellectual property got to do with war in Ukraine?

Do you or your clients have operations or sales in Russia? It is not a popular place to be doing business right now. The physical conflict in Ukraine has spread to economic and political countermeasures, including various private companies voluntarily withdrawing from the Russian market. But the Russian government is striking back at U.S. and other companies who are pulling out of the market by modifying the Russian intellectual property systems.

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Bell and Grass: 3 things to know: Commenting on pending legal matters

Have you recently been hired on a case and know the media want to talk to you? Before you post a comment on social media or conduct an interview, you should stop and think of the potential ethical implications. Those implications are outlined in the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission’s recently issued Advisory Opinion 1-22, “Lawyers’ Public Comments on Pending Matters.”

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DTCI: IPLA’s domestic distributor rule: What is a principal distributor?

In a case involving an allegedly defective product manufactured outside the United States, the manufacturer may quickly file a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Alternatively, it may be impossible to secure service upon an overseas manufacturer of a product. In either situation, an attorney who happens to represent a U.S. distributor of the product may be wondering if the U.S. client will be left holding the bag for a manufacturing defect (i.e., strict liability) if the manufacturer is dismissed.

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