In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

NOV. 6-19, 2013

Fort Wayne attorney Bob Kistler uses his military experience and legal expertise to lift Honor Flights to new heights.The Kokomo attorney who skipped town left his practice "a mess," according to the attorney surrogate appointed by the court. The idea of limited legal licensing programs are gaining traction in the legal community,  concerning some practicing attorneys.

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Kokomo lawyer skips town, leaving ‘mess’ behind

A Kokomo lawyer’s sudden abandonment of his law practice has left the local legal community scrambling to clean up a mess involving scores of ripped-off clients, some of whom learned of their attorney’s disappearance when they showed up for court dates and he didn’t.

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Program provides lawyers trial run at oral argument

A novel program offered by the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, the Indiana Appellate Institute gives lawyers a trial run in which they can practice their arguments before a panel of volunteer lawyers and sometimes former judges and justices.

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Column: The changing landscape of determining venue

Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in M/S Bremen v. Zapata Off-Shore Co., 407 U.S. 1 (1972), many Circuit courts have held that a valid forum-selection clause renders venue “improper” in a forum other than the one designated by contract. This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will address whether forum-selection clauses in contracts warrant dismissal or transfer of a case filed in an appropriate federal venue but in contravention of the forum-selection clauses.

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Start Page: Voices from the cloud

VOIP offers many attractive features. Among them, “cloud based” access to your office phone system. Conferencing, voice mail-to-email, call attendant services, cheap long distance, find me/follow me, etc., are the new normal.

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Finney: Is trial technology a reasonable and necessary expense?

A recent decision from the Nevada District Court, Clark County, demonstrated that technology at trial is a valued component and not merely a dog-and-pony show. The dispute at hand centered upon unpaid expenses for trial technology that had been deemed as not a “reasonable and necessary” expense.

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David, Massa stake key positions on court

A review of the work of the Indiana Supreme Court in 2012 by Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorneys finds Justices Steven David and Mark Massa establishing themselves respectively as swing votes and active dissenters.

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IndyBar Green Legal Initiative Recognizes 27 Firms, Legal Departments for 2013

The IndyBar Go Green Committee, a sub-committee of the Young Lawyers Division, has released its list of Green Legal Initiative firms for 2013. Now in its second year, the program recognizes legal businesses, including law practices, legal departments, courts, agencies, legal support services and other members of the community that have committed to engaging in environmentally responsible business operations.

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IndyBar: Public Outreach Committee Hosts Mock Election

Students at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy got a first-hand taste of the democratic process on Thursday, Oct. 31 as the IndyBar Public Outreach Committee hosted a mock election among eighth graders for a class representative to the school’s Student Council.

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