In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

March 4-17, 2020

As the trial for the alleged gunman involved in the shooting of two Indiana judges nears, video evidence that could be key to the outcome remains under seal. Meanwhile, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is marking a historic moment as it prepares to welcome its first dean who will be a person of color. And as the 2020 election gets closer, Indiana lawmakers and other political leaders say they are still uncertain of what the future might hold if Attorney General Curtis Hill receives professional discipline.

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Judges portrayed as aggressors in gunman’s self-defense claim

Did Brandon Kaiser pull the trigger on two Indiana judges only after they attacked him and placed him in fear for his life? He claims in court filings they did. But even as the judges involved in the now-infamous brawl have retaken the bench after brief suspensions, video that could prove conclusive remains under a court seal.

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Federal legislation would grow, sustain veterans court programs

As veterans court programs expand nationwide, the federal government is exploring opportunities to provide additional resources to local courts. If enacted, the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019 would task the Department of Justice with establishing an office to provide additional funding and technical assistance to veterans courts.

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Roughly 1 in 5 current Indiana legislators initially sent to Statehouse by party caucus

From 2017 through 2019, nine legislators exited the Statehouse before their terms expired, requiring the state’s caucus system to ramp up to handle the large number of vacancies and bringing renewed attention to political party processes that choose who will represent voters. At present, 21.3% of Indiana legislators first entered the Statehouse through a caucus election.

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Thomas: EPA declares war against aftermarket defeat devices

Volkswagen’s recent emissions scandal triggered criminal and civil prosecution by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2017, Volkswagen’s estimated cost resulting from the scandal was more than $30 billion, and that number is growing. In the wake of this scandal, the EPA has declared “war” on an entire subindustry — aftermarket parts — and anyone who manufactures, sells or installs devices that allow drivers to tamper with their vehicle emissions.

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Marquez: The power of ‘Teams’ gives boost to Office 365

Although Microsoft Teams was initially released more than three years ago, it is “still on the front end of the adoption curve” by users, according to the company’s corporate vice president for Microsoft 365. The ultimate mission is to persuade us to replace the combination of products many currently use for instant messaging, video conferencing, screen sharing, task management and file sharing with a central “Teams” hub.

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IndyBar: Find the Talent You’ve Been Looking For: Sign On as a Diversity Job Fair Sponsor or Employer

The Indianapolis Bar Association aims to connect a potential pool of candidates from diverse backgrounds with the Indianapolis legal community through its annual Diversity Job Fair. This initiative is to give all students an opportunity to meet potential employers who are looking to build connections with a pipeline of new and diverse talent and learn more about the legal profession and the Indianapolis legal market.

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