In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

OCT. 18-31, 2017

Indiana Repertory Theatre hopes to get people talking with its production of "The Originalist," inspired by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. A new diversity effort at some law firms and legal organizations seeks leadership applicant pools containing at least 30 percent women and minorities. Indiana lawyers are involved in the pleadings in a Supreme Court suit over political gerrymandering in Wisconsin.

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Diversifying the pipeline for law firm leadership

A new initiative known as the “Mansfield Rule” uses a data-driven approach to ensure participating firms actively consider women and minorities for open positions when making hiring decisions, including making selections for promotions, lateral hires and law firm governance positions.

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New case, same battle over partisan gerrymandering

The Wisconsin gerrymandering case now before the Supreme Court of the United States has all the intrigue of a first-class thriller — secrecy, sophisticated computer programs, outside consultants, and carefully drawn district lines to ensure a firm grip on power. It also has echoes of a similar Indiana case from 30 years ago.

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Merkel enlists as law firm leader after 30-year Army career

Steve Merkel, 53, is the new chief operating officer for Barnes & Thornburg. He is in charge of leading the administrative operations including human resources, finance, information technology, marketing and facilities management for the national law firm that has more than 600 legal professionals in 13 offices across the country.

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