In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

SEPT. 18-OCT. 1, 2019

The Taft Stettinius & Hollister merger with a big Minneapolis firm is the latest and largest in a flurry of deals involving Hoosier law firms. A Clark Circuit judge will serve no jail time and receive no probation for his misdemeanor plea in a confrontation in which he and a colleague were shot, but the Commission on Judicial Qualifications continues to investigate the shooting. And a harassment guilty plea in a case involving a Facebook post was affirmed by the Court of Appeals, but a dissenting judge wrote that the harassment statute itself should be thrown out.

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Growing for success: Law firms still looking for merger opportunities, but fewer partners available

With its impending entrance into the Minneapolis market, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is set to expand its footprint to 12 cities, grow its roster of attorneys to more than 600 and take a step closer to its goal of becoming a regionally dominant law firm. While law firm merger activity in the Hoosier State is increasing, the recently announced Taft deal is among the largest in recent years.

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After judge’s plea, JQC investigating shooting

Though he’s past the legal ramifications of an early-morning shooting in May, Clark Circuit Judge Andrew Adams must still face a judicial discipline action investigating the matter. His plea and the highly publicized nature of the shooting led the Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission to take the rare step of publicly confirming its investigation of the incident.

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Facebook case dissent challenges harassment statute

When an Indiana Court of Appeals judge recently veered away from his colleagues’ conclusion that a grieving mother’s statements in a social media post could be constitutionally restricted and prosecuted, he went even further, calling Indiana’s harassment statute unconstitutionally overbroad. Many First Amendment attorneys agree.

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Indiana courts among busiest for employment filings

In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, busy dockets are common across all case types. Recent data confirmed that trend specifically with respect to employment law, finding the Indianapolis-based courts are among the busiest in employment litigation for all of the Midwest.

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Raising the bar: Incoming ISBA President Henderzahs stresses partnerships, professionalism

Leslie Henderzahs says Indiana State Bar Association members often realize the value of the association when they least expect it. The incoming ISBA president cited as an example a recent proposal that Indiana lawyers provide their cellphone numbers with their Roll of Attorneys registrations. Few proposals have prompted such an outcry from attorneys, and Henderzahs said the state bar acted promptly.

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JLAP: Bar associations tackle lawyer wellness issues

Lawyers are fixers. We fix things other people have messed up. So, obviously, we like to project a persona that is not in need of fixing. We hold ourselves to a high standard to get new clients, bill more hours, finish an opinion, bring that next charge, defend the next client … always perfectly. And that’s the crux. Because, of course, we are not perfect. But that desire to be so affects our wellness and can lead to substance use disorder, anxiety, depression and grief.

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Disciplinary Actions

Read which Indiana Lawyers have been subject to Indiana Supreme Court discipline orders in the most recent reporting period.

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IndyBar: Attorney and Paralegal Volunteers Needed for Wills Clinic

Low-income individuals are more likely to die younger and without wills or advance directives in place — but you can help! Attorneys, paralegals and law students are needed as volunteers to do intake, conduct private legal consultations with qualified applicants, draft paperwork and witness document signing. Estate planning attorneys are needed but non-probate-savvy attorneys will also be put to good use. Have a notary license? You’re needed too!

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IndyBar Sections and Divisions Need You!

Each year, the IndyBar offers hundreds of educational programs, social events and opportunities for community involvement, all while introducing new resources and services to serve members of the legal profession. None of these important contributions would be possible without the work of many lawyers, paralegals and law students “behind the scenes” on section and division executive committees.

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DTCI: Young Lawyers Summer Golf

[caption id="attachment_143782" align="alignleft" width="225"] Jordan Slusher of Kightlinger & Gray, chair of the DTCI Young Lawyers, reported that 22 golfers enjoyed the Young Lawyer three-hour outing at TopGolf in July.[/caption] Read More