In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

MAY 13-26, 2020

The 30-day suspension of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is raising questions about whether he remains eligible to serve in office. The law school class of 2020 made history in more than one way with the first virtual admission ceremony. And a change in the federal courts for the Southern District of Indiana brings the promise of adventure in retirement a clerk who is hitting the road.

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Law schools help draw blueprints to migrating courts online

Examining a witness online made Sarah Kelly a little disconcerted. The Indiana University Maurer School of Law student was part of the patent trial class that spends an entire semester preparing a patent case then culminates in a mock trial. Typically the pseudo litigation takes place in a courtroom before a jury and real judge, but this year the COVID-19 emergency pushed the courtroom battle online.

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Big data is predicting outcomes in court

Big data is growing in importance, and corporate legal departments, despite being slower to adapt initially, are increasingly utilizing data analytics as part of their practices, according to a 2019 report. But despite all the hype, big data, by itself, cannot do a thing.

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Pro Bono Matters: Pandemic forces legal aid groups to think outside the box

Pro bono and legal aid efforts are not immune to the adjustments needed to serve clients in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Court closures and restrictions on in-person gatherings have forced legal services organizations such as Indiana Legal Services Inc. to get creative about how they can continue to engage volunteer attorneys and provide legal services to those in need.

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Bont: Trying times make jury trials virtually impossible

Zoom meetings are starting to grow on me, sweatpants are way more comfortable than a suit and Justice Clarence Thomas is letting loose during telephonic oral arguments that are being broadcast in real time on C-SPAN. Despite these nice diversions from reality, I think we are all ready for life to get back to normal sooner rather than later and especially to be rid of the financial stress associated with this time.

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