In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

OCT. 13-26, 2021

After 50 years as a critical figure at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, circuit executive Collins Fitzpatrick has retired. IL reporter Katie Stancombe speaks with Hoosier lawyers about the legacy Fitzpatrick is leaving. Meanwhile, IL senior reporter Marilyn Odendahl has the story of an Indianapolis woman who is devoting her life to helping her incarcerated son, who is suing Indiana correctional officers. And in this issue's Web Exclusive, IL managing editor Jordan Morey checks in with Hispanic lawyers during Hispanic Heritage Month to get their perspectives on Hispanic/Latino representation in the Indiana legal profession. All that and more in the Oct. 13, 2021, issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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Longtime 7th Circuit executive Fitzpatrick retires after 50 years

Collins Fitzpatrick, who initially served as a law clerk at the 7th Circuit in 1971, would later become the federal judiciary’s longest-serving circuit executive to date. After serving in that position for 45 years, Fitzpatrick retired Sept. 28 — leaving behind a legacy that both judges and attorneys alike argue will be hard to replicate.

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Alito defends SCOTUS at Notre Dame

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito pushed back against critics during a stop in South Bend on Sept. 30, defending the high court’s recent handlings of cases on its emergency docket and accusing the media and certain politicians of making the court appear “sinister.”

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JLAP: Supporting members of the practice: JLAP taking DEI action

Since the summer of 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program has had many deep discussions about the issues that are affecting people of color and what the program can do to support law students, attorneys and judges of color, as well as others who care about these issues and want to be meaningful and proactive allies.

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