In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

Oct. 4-17, 2017

After the death of Senior Judge Larry McKinney, the Southern District of Indiana is hoping for relief from one of the nation's heaviest caseloads. Lawmakers are considering new restrictions on civil forfeiture. A Spencer lawyer's letter home from the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg is the focus of an Indiana Historical Society exhibit.

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Public defenders decry growing caseloads

As the number of children in need of services cases continues to rise, public defenders across Indiana are stretching themselves to be able to offer competent representation while also serving as many clients as possible. Defenders are likewise feeling a strain on their misdemeanor caseloads.

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Suspended special needs trust attorney, foundation’s legal woes continue

A suspended Indianapolis attorney charged with stealing from his clients’ special needs trusts remained at the center of a case argued Wednesday before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Kenneth Shane Service crafted trust documents now in dispute that he has said he intended to be confusing, argued attorneys in a case involving the nonprofit foundation Service established.

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Van Winkle: Joint sessions in mediation facilitate settlement

As the mediation process has evolved, one of the most significant changes is the trend in many jurisdictions, and among many lawyers and mediators, to dispense with the initial joint session. Perhaps because most of today’s litigators did not have experience with the pre-mediation settlement process, some of the fundamental factors and dynamics that make the joint session important in the settlement process are not evident.

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IndyBar: Get to Know Justice Slaughter and COA Judge Barnes

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter and Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Michael P. Barnes are the featured speakers for the IndyBar Appellate Practice Section’s annual Appellate Roundtable and Reception on October 11. They will talk about what you need to know for practicing before appellate courts in Indiana.

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IndyBar: Nissa’s News

Please join the IndyBar’s HEAL Committee on November 1 at 3:30 p.m. in remembering, honoring and celebrating the lives of 19 members of our profession who have passed away during the previous year.

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