In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

OCT. 27-NOV. 9, 2021

While her colleagues already knew she was among the best in her field, Indiana Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division chief Cindy Cho is now nationally known for her work. Cho is one of five attorneys to receive the Federal Bar Association's 2021 Younger Federal Lawyer Award, which recognizes outstanding government and military attorneys across the United States. IL reporter Katie Stancombe spoke with Cho and her colleagues about the recent honor. This week's Focus section features two topics: real estate/construction law and new lawyers. IL senior reporter Marilyn Odendahl has a story on Indiana's lawyer shortage and Katie explored construction defects and how they rarely rise to personal harm for end users. In other news, IL managing editor Jordan Morey gives his report from the Indiana State Bar Association Annual Summit and writes about how Indiana Legal Services has created a wellness program to address the mental health of its employees. All that in more in the Oct. 27, 2021, issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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Indiana Court Decisions – Oct. 7-20, 2021

Indiana Supreme Court Oct. 7 Civil Tort-Mental Health/Motion to Amend Betty Miller, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of John Allen Miller v. Laxeshkumar Patel, M.D., John Schiltz, M.D., Benjamin Coplan, M.D., Joseph Hill, M.D., Erik Fossum, M.D., Bradford Hale, M.D., Christine Tran, M.D., James Blickendorf, M.D., Robert McAllister, M.D., Sara Koerwitz, M.D., […]

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Spickelmier: 7th Circuit’s decision impacts tenants who purchase real estate

A significant decision came out of the 7th Circuit this September in the world of environmental practitioners and professionals, but many real estate tenants, developers, owners, investors and attorneys who do not specialize in environmental law may not appreciate the impact of this decision on due diligence, timing and costs for preserving a property owner’s defense against Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) liability

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Boyers and Hetzel: Building material price increases create challenges

While the COVID-19 pandemic has altered our day-to-day lives and experiences, the construction and real estate development industries have had to address how to effectively handle a particularly difficult issue that has arisen: unprecedented price fluctuations with a wide variety of building materials, perhaps most notably with lumber, where prices rose by as much as 400% this spring.

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247 admitted to Indiana bar

The following new lawyers were admitted to practice law in Indiana after passing the July 2021 bar exam. A total of 247 new lawyers participated in an in-person admission ceremony on Oct. 21.

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Vershay: 11 tips: Things I learned rising through the law firm ranks

It wasn’t that long ago that I found myself asking around for tips and pointers to develop skills and maximize my opportunities as a young associate. As a new class of lawyers begins settling into their legal careers this autumn, I wanted to share some of the tips I’ve received and helpful things I’ve learned over the past 13 years (some the hard way!):

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A More Just Indiana: Equity and Access Commission: Is change nigh?

Recently, the Indiana Supreme Court created the Indiana Commission on Equity and Access seeking to build trust and increase the average citizen’s ability to navigate the complicated legal system. These efforts not only are commendable, but they are also forcing an examination of uncomfortable issues while creating opportunities for rich discourse in settings that have in large part avoided these critical issues.

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Hammerle on…“No Time to Die” and “The Last Duel”

I found this film to be an emotionally touching way to say farewell to Daniel Craig. Though some felt the story moved too slowly at times, I thought it gave you a chance to honor Craig’s performance as he walked into the sunset. It reminded me of Burt Lancaster as he walked into the cornfield in the classic “Field of Dreams” (1989).

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IndyBar: Legal Community Stars to Receive Recognition Awards

The Indianapolis legal community is fortunate to be home to thousands of individuals who work their hardest each day for the benefit of their profession, their community and their families. Join us on Nov. 3 at Meridian Hills Country Club as we honor just a handful of the many lawyers, judges, students and more who’ve made their mark in 2021.

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