In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

SEPT. 24-OCT. 7, 2014

Indiana’s public intoxication statute, amended in 2012 to add four conduct elements, is on thin ice constitutionally for vague and subjective language. The Marion attorney who told a judge he "doesn't like socks" and won't wear them while in court has sparked a discussion by attorneys on court dress code. Attorneys says representation is imperative to due process for the child immigrants who have come to the U.S. recently.

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The traditional suit still rules when in court

The decision by one Indiana attorney to not wear socks in the courtroom has sparked a discussion among lawyers about professional dress codes. Shined shoes, closed-toe pumps, crisp shirts and blouses, pants, skirts and jackets are the closet staples of lawyers. While the business world has gone casual, pitching the tie and welcoming sandals in some cases, the legal profession has largely remained true to conservative business attire.

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Line blurs on intoxication

Convictions for public intoxication don’t just require being pickled in public anymore. An inebriated person now has to do something else, but conduct elements added to the criminal statute in 2012 have blurred what constitutes a misdemeanor.

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DTCI: Deciphering the new Administrative Rule 9(G)

On Sept. 8, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an order amending the Administrative Rules, wherein it adopted most of the proposed changes and added some requirements to Rule 9(G). These amendments take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Supreme Court posts annual report

The Indiana Supreme Court has posted its annual report, providing details of the 995 cases it reviewed in the fiscal year ending June 30 and elaborating on plans to roll out electronic filing in trial courts statewide.

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DCS struggles to keep accurate caseload tally

Indiana has hired more case workers to keep track of its most vulnerable residents, but complaints about overwork continue to surface as the state battles turnover and questions the accuracy of data on caseloads.

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DCS settles adoption subsidy lawsuit

Families who sued the Department of Child Services will receive $15.1 million in state foster child adoption subsidies withheld from 2009 to 2014, DCS announced Thursday.

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Abrams: The IndyBar – More Than Just A Pretty Name

Nearly one year ago, at our board retreat, we asked all of the board members to write down as many programs, projects and services that the IndyBar provided. Admittedly, many of us, yours truly included, were only able to name from some to substantially less than all of the amazing good deeds in which we participate.

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IndyBar: Nominations Now Open for Recognition Awards

This fall, IndyBar members will be honored for their contributions to our legal community. The Indianapolis legal community is fortunate to be home to many talented, dedicated professionals, and we need your help in identifying our colleagues who went above and beyond in 2014.

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