In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

NOV. 14-28, 2018

An Indianapolis attorney couple who encountered heartbreak caring for an infant they hoped to adopt is seeking changes for Indiana foster parents. An Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor argues in a new book that regulation of lawyer speech is undermining the judiciary. Proponents of medical marijuana in the General Assembly are optimistic about their chance of success next year.


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Attorney couple seeking changes for Indiana foster parents

Indianapolis attorneys Joe Delamater, a criminal defense lawyer at Razumich & Delamater PC, and Kiamesha Colom, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, encountered confusion, frustration and ultimately heartbreak during the course of a few months when they became foster parents to a baby boy. Now they are pushing for changes to state laws they say will balance the system so the right results happen for kids.

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Professor: Regulation of lawyer speech undermines judiciary

Legal professionals work within the Rules of Professional Conduct, so they don’t want to make any comments that might be perceived as unduly critical of others in the profession — a profession built largely on respect and civility. But according to an Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor, the unease surrounding Rule 8.2(a) is not a matter of respect, but rather a matter of lawyer fear.

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High chance for medical marijuana debate at statehouse

For proponents of medical marijuana, optimism was sparked when Indiana legalized CBD oil earlier this year. With that door opened, legislators in both parties are hopeful that success will boost their chances of getting a hearing on medical marijuana bills they will file in the 2019 legislative session.

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Web Exclusive: Sex abuse survivor trains lawyers, others to avoid revictimizing

After overcoming addiction, abuse and sexual harm, Sarah Hurley sought to aid women dealing with the same struggles she faced as a child. She created the White Stone Project, an organization devoted to providing survivor-led, professional training and coaching to people and organizations engaging trauma survivors. Its goal: to equip people to more effectively communicate, understand and avoid revictimizing those they work with.

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Shives & Leagre: Use technology to improve your legal writing

Technology can be a boon for your writing if you know how to use it, but knowing how to use it is key. Today’s built-in and add-on programs may help improve your writing without the obvious use of assistive software. The end result may just be a more persuasive, clear, and concise written product.

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Hadley: E-Discovery — a new sporting contest in criminal prosecutions

Among the hot-button political issues of our time is criminal justice reform. Critics rightly point out that the system at the state and federal levels can marshal its extensive resources to target poor and marginalized communities. Although such abuses receive extensive commentary in the press, less focus is devoted to the potential for governmental abuse in prosecuting white-collar crime.

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Cunningham: Financial experts bridge the gap between causation, damages

In civil litigation, causation is a critical element in establishing the plaintiff’s cause of action by linking the defendant’s alleged misconduct to the claimed economic harm. Because of this linkage between causation and damages, qualified financial experts are often in a position to provide analyses to the trier of fact that can assist in deciding whether the causal link has been proven by the plaintiff.

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Dean’s Desk: IU Maurer programs supporting careers in cybersecurity

Indiana University Maurer School of Law is leading the way through its new master of science in cybersecurity risk management. That degree program combines the resources of three of IU’s top-ranked schools — the Kelley School of Business, the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and the Maurer School of Law — to provide students with a broad range of courses that prepare them for a world where technologies evolve faster than the laws and policies that govern them.

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IndyBar: Thank You, Day of Giving Donors!

The legal community came together on October 24, 2018, to support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s first Day of Giving, raising more than $18,000. Donations during the Day of Giving were crucial in the foundation’s efforts to fulfill its mission.

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DTCI: Revisiting Medical Monitoring Class Actions

In recent years, federal and state courts have issued numerous decisions involving medical monitoring. The results of these decisions make a couple of things clear. The first is that the viability of medical monitoring claims continues to decrease, and the second is that both federal and state courts overwhelmingly deny certification in medical monitoring class actions.

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