In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

MAY 29-JUNE 11, 2019

A slowdown in getting urgently needed cash to agencies that aid domestic violence victims has led to dire results, including the closure of at least one Indiana shelter. Contamination at the site of the proposed Marion County Community Justice Center is raising concerns among judges. As civil commitment cases soar in Indiana and elsewhere, laws regarding the handling of mental health cases are shifting across states.


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Contamination at justice center site concerns judges

After being home to a gas and coke facility for nearly 100 years, the land designated for the new Marion County Community Justice Center has a toxic legacy buried deep in its soil. Judges have asked for a second opinion on the environmental health of the location in the Twin Aire neighborhood of Indianapolis.

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‘Red flag law’ changes narrow language, information gaps

Indiana is considered a leader in the red flag law movement that allows firearms to be confiscated from people deemed dangerous. But with language that some experts considered overly broad and potentially unconstitutional, the Indiana General Assembly revisited that legislation, known as the Jake Laird Law, during the 2019 legislative session.

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Tough transition: Young lawyers say early struggles lead to attorney growth

A recent survey of young Florida attorneys found that roughly 58 percent say the practice of law has become “less desirable” to them as their years in practice have increased. But facing difficulties doesn’t mean the next generation of Indiana lawyers are preparing to switch careers. Rather, they say the struggles they encountered, though painful at the time, have improved their skills as client advocates.

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Trimble: The continuum of law — not a one-size-fits-all profession

As I have made my own observations about the pace of change in the legal profession, and the supposed differences in generations, I have come to the realization that a career in law is a continuum, and that we all slide up and down that continuum as our life cycles change. Law never has been, nor will it ever be a “one-size-fits-all” occupation.

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Federal Bar Update: Be careful with summary judgment

As federal court practitioners know, in seeking summary judgment, the movant must set forth the facts favorably for the non-movant. In ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­a recent ruling, Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson issued a must-read 44-page opinion reinforcing the importance of this requirement.

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IndyBar: Apply by Friday for the $35,000 Impact Fund Grant

For more than 50 years, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) has worked to ensure equal access to justice for all Indianapolis-area residents. In an effort to expand this mission impact on the greater Indianapolis community, applications from local organizations are now being accepted through May 31 for the IBF’s annual Impact Fund grant.

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IndyBar: The Power of Giving

The power of giving is tremendous. Giving transforms the provider as much or more than the recipient. The Indianapolis Bar Foundation is dedicated to providing attorneys the opportunity to give to our community. Our mission is clear: raise money to help those in need in central Indiana.

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IndyBar: Nod to Professionalism — James Zoccola

It is a common fallacy that the best litigators are aggressive “bulldogs” who beat opponents into submission with raised voices and hard-nose tactics. In fact, the best litigators utilize preparation, knowledge and dedication to resolve matters efficiently, whether through mediation or trial. Jim Zoccola is the epitome of the latter; an attorney worthy of recognition for his civility.

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