In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

MAY 30-JUNE 13, 2018

After careers as a prosecutor and a judge, Court of Appeals Judge Michael Barnes plans to step down, as three finalists are in the running to succeed him. The Indiana Department of Correction is fighting in court and in the Statehouse to keep information about lethal injection drugs secret. Facing an uncertain future, Valparaiso University Law School recently graduated its smallest class in years.

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State secret: DOC presses lethal injection confidentiality

A law slipped into the 2017 budget bill during the General Assembly’s final hours declared that information about drugs that the state would use to execute someone was confidential. The last-minute law was written into the bill even though a judge had ruled months earlier that the very same information was a matter of public record and had ordered the Department of Correction to provide it.

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Marion County small claims courts go on record

On July 1, the small claims courts in Indiana’s most populous county are going to become courts of record. Like the small claims courts in the state’s 91 other counties, Marion County’s proceedings will be recorded and any appeals will go straight to the Indiana Court of Appeals.

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IU McKinney’s Lawrence Jegen leaves legacy of teaching

Lawrence Jegen III, longtime professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, built a national reputation as one of the foremost experts in tax law, offering his insight to lawyers, accountants, elected officials and the Internal Revenue Service, but he spent much of his professional life in the place he most loved — the classroom. Jegen, 83, died at his Indianapolis home May 17 after an illness.

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Boldt: Trust, but clarify, when electing a client’s trustee and duties

Do your clients’ estate plans typically include a trust? If so, have some of those clients nominated an individual person to serve as trustee? If you answered “yes” to those questions, ask yourself if you could do the same to this one: Do those clients, or better yet those individual trustees, understand the fundamental duties and the breadth of the obligations they have agreed to undertake?

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Rosio: What you need to know about valuing closely held businesses

The valuation of closely held companies is a large and growing practice. However, most people are not aware of this valuation activity because the companies being valued are closely held and, thus, private in nature. Additionally, since closely held entities are typically smaller than publicly traded entities, fewer investors are affected by the results of such valuations.

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Raman: Congratulations on graduation, and welcome to the profession

It is hard to believe that nearly four years have passed since I walked across the stage, received my diploma, passed the bar exam and started practicing law at Lewis Wagner LLP. I wanted to provide new lawyers, especially those who just graduated from law school, with some tips that I believe are critical to hit the ground running.

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IndyBar: Summer Fun Supports Access to Justice

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation Golf Committee invites everyone, especially those who may not golf, to join in the fun of the Summer Party at the annual golf outing! Last year’s inaugural Summer Party was such a success that it is back again for a second year. The Summer Party promises to be a day of fun in the sun.

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DTCI: Video Recordings of Independent Medical Examinations

Approximately five years ago, attorneys began requiring video recordings of their clients’ independent medical examinations. The burden this requirement placed on their opponents was immense since most doctors refused to be recorded. Because Trial Rule 35(A) is silent on the issue of video recordings, an increasing number of battles were being waged in the courtroom.

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