In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

MAY 25-JUNE 7, 2022

It's the news that's been dominating legal headlines all month: the leak of a SCOTUS draft opinion indicating the court may be ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. IL managing editor Jordan Morey gets reactions to the leak from Indiana jurists and dives in to what overturning Roe might mean for abortion in Indiana. Also this month, a new crop of Hoosier attorneys were sworn into the Indiana bar. IL senior reporter Marilyn Odendahl has a look at why the associate market is hot, and what new lawyers are asking of potential employers, in the New Lawyers Focus. And as an added bonus — we've got a second Focus section in this issue! In it, IL reporter Katie Stancombe looks at how the pandemic has prompted elderly Hoosiers to take a more proactive approach to estate planning. Read those stories, and more, in the May 25, 2022, issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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Algorithmic accountability: AI-X team at Faegre Drinker providing legal guidance in new area of law

Scott Kosnoff and his Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath colleague Bennett Borden in Washington, D.C., are co-leading a new initiative at the firm to guide and counsel businesses that use algorithms to enhance their operations or market their products. Dubbed the Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Decision-Making Team, or AI-X for short, the new group is bringing data scientists from Faegre Drinker’s wholly-owned consulting subsidiary, Tritura, together with the firm’s attorneys from different practice areas.

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Increasing threat of 3D printed firearms heightens concerns of violent crime

A new type of untraceable firearm printed using 3D technology is starting to gain national attention, coined with the colloquial name “ghost gun.” Federal authorities say they are increasingly recovering the homemade weapons, which are impossible to track without a serial number. As gun violence continues nationwide, law enforcement and policymakers are scrambling to get ahead of a trend they fear could exacerbate the problem.

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Finding the right fit: New lawyers rejecting long hours, big salaries in favor of work-life balance

In 2021, the hiring of lateral associates skyrocketed 148.5%, the largest year-over-year increase recorded, according to NALP. Likewise, Thomson Reuters warned that by November 2021, law firms were “edging dangerously close” to seeing almost a quarter of their associates leave. However, while firms have raised associate compensation to lure talent, many new lawyers are not as interested in big salaries as previous generations of new attorneys.

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Pike: An open letter to the new law school graduate

Our challenge to you is to think about how you will show up for yourself and your co-workers as a colleague in the legal community. You are no longer a student, and that can be a challenging landscape to navigate as a new attorney. So, what do the best professionals know and how do they make their marks at the beginning of their careers?

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Metz: 3 things to know as a new attorney

When I began writing this column, I reached out to friends from my law school class to gather a few of the common things we wish we had known when we first entered practice. After gathering suggestions, I decided to include the three most common and strongly held opinions.

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Sims: What I wish I had known as a new lawyer

The last two years have proven to be a unique challenge for the legal profession, especially young lawyers. It was an arduous time to learn the ins and outs of practicing law, but due to the flexibility and success of remote work, it appears at least some aspects of virtual meetings and events are here to stay.

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Pilotte: Asked and answered: Advice for new lawyers

In a profession that has its moments of cutthroat competition, there are some terrific mentors, as well, willing to pass along advice. In service of that goal, we’ve crowdsourced a handful of genuine questions from new lawyers, each of which we passed along to three more experienced attorneys.

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