Dec. 9-22, 2020

Trying what a law firm saw as an eight-figure personal injury lawsuit to a successful jury verdict during a pandemic was just one aspect of an unusual recent trial. Women general counsel at three of Indiana’s life sciences giants are helping their companies pivot to meet the new challenges of the global pandemic and positioning their legal departments to be an integral part of addressing social inequities. And the Bayh-Dole Act has contributed hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and supported millions of jobs since it was signed into law 40 years ago. But the landmark legislation now hailed as an engine of innovation and enterprise almost never came to pass.

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NOV. 25-DEC.8, 2020

While the pandemic continues to rage and pharmaceutical makers get closer to developing an effective vaccine, Americans’ willingness to get inoculated has slipped. Battles over the vaccination will probably spill into the workplace, and employers are already starting to consider policies and plans. In light of an increase of relapses and overdose numbers, the Indiana Department of Correction this month announced it would start offering naloxone, an agent used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, to every offender released from a DOC facility. And the Indiana General Assembly is considering taking another step to recognize that heritage through legislation that would uphold the validity of tribal court judgments.    

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OCT. 28-NOV. 10, 2020

With the most partisan vote in modern history closer to a presidential election than any prior confirmation, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge and Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett ascended to the United States Supreme Court. As Indiana voters go to the polls, they'll be deciding on judges in any number of ways. And as Indiana welcomed 337 new lawyers to the profession, experts say new lawyers and law students are increasingly seeking to make change in their legal careers.

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SEPT. 30-OCT. 13, 2020

As Hoosiers reacted to the nomination of 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court, they also fondly recalled the connections shared with the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her many visits here. And while new laws firms and those that reorganized just before the pandemic juggled numerous pressures, Indiana bankruptcy lawyers say they keep expecting a flood of COVID-related filings that so far has not come.

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SEPT. 16-29, 2020

After a career as one of Indiana’s most prolific appellate practitioners that began clerking for a Court of Appeals judge, Leanna Weissmann has come full circle with her appointment to the appellate bench. Judges who wish to advocate for social issues must walk a fine line to preserve their impartiality. And as new and returning law students enter the unknown during a pandemic, those in the Class of 2020 who ended their law school experience virtually excelled in a one-of-a-kind bar exam.

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SEPT. 2-15, 2020

An 8,000-hog farm in Hendricks County that neighbors say has harmed their health and property values is the subject of a lawsuit over the Indiana Right to Farm Act that plaintiffs hope to take to the United States Supreme Court. More than 40 percent of Indiana counties are legal deserts,with less than one lawyer per 1,000 residents. See how all 92 Indiana counties compare, and hear from people who are among a few who practice in their hometowns. And a trio of court rulings shook up Indiana election laws, leaving a still-unresolved picture of what voting may look like on Nov. 3.    

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