In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

OCT. 8-21, 2014

Firms – especially those with multiple offices – say their practices benefit from retreats, team-building exercises and even regular face-to-face meetings of top partners. Millions more dollars are being sought to cover representation of juveniles, due in part to a new rule taking effect Jan. 1. An ISBA panel looks at how firms can maximize their paralegals' roles to get their money's worth.

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NDLS professor: Stop ISIS by choking funding

The battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is often discussed in terms of bombs and boots on the ground. However, an expert in terrorist financing at the Notre Dame Law School says destroying the Islamic State group, also referred to as ISIS, must include going after the money.

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Getting down to business

Whether they juggle being a lawyer with being an entrepreneur or they change careers and become full-time business owners, many say their legal training continues to help them. They have the ability not only to understand the legal aspects of operating a business but also to organize and manage the enterprise itself.

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Small firms rise to top of ISBA leadership

Jeff Hawkins is like most Indiana lawyers – he works in a small practice. Hawkins, incoming president of the Indiana State Bar Association, will be the first of three consecutive leaders hailing from solo or small law firms.

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Indiana Judges Association: Judges struggle with ‘rule of law’ questions daily

As judges, we struggle with “rule of law” questions every day. The gray areas between a fact and a supposition dog our paths. The tension between the letter of the law and the conscience of the community complicate our considerations. In some cases, the rule of law just seems to be unjust. But overall, the true meaning of “rule of law” should not be a barrier.

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Making Rain: I’m pretty sure my clients love me

Most small to mid-sized companies use on average three to five law firms. Larger companies use even more. So, each and every day you are being compared to your competitors. Knowing how you compare to them in terms of your service and client satisfaction is good to know. You can get this information in a variety of ways and use it to bring in even more business from the client.

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Smith: What to do when the EPA sends an Information Request

Even the best companies occasionally attract the attention of regulators. Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will be focusing on addressing noncompliance issues and vigorous enforcement. EPA commonly investigates compliance and potential enforcement with an “Information Request.”

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Taft partner appointed to Bankruptcy Court

Jeffrey J. Graham, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis, is the newest Bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of Indiana. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals announced his appointment Monday.

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Indiana AG proposes home contractor registry

Indiana residents looking to hire contractors for home repair or remodeling projects would be able to search a state registry that's among a package of legislative proposals Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Tuesday he's supporting in an effort to boost consumer protections.

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State’s way of paying public defenders debated

The state pays the salaries of its judges and prosecutors, but public defenders are paid by counties that are only partially reimbursed for their costs — an approach that some including the executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council want to see changed.

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IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Introduces Legacy Fund

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is pleased to announce the formation of its new Legacy Fund, a planned giving initiative that ensures that the mission of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation – to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service – will continue to positively impact our community and our profession for generations to follow.

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