In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

SEPT. 4-17, 2019

Indiana Lawyer staff members each spent a day in a rural county, returning with photos and stories of small town law. Chief Justice Loretta Rush recently was affirmed to a second term, wherein she expects to build on initiatives from her first five years. And under direction from the General Assembly, Indiana water resources are getting a thorough assessment.

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Rush plans to further initiatives in second term

Ask the justices how they would describe the last five years at the Indiana Supreme Court, and they’ll tell you they’ve seen some changes. There’s been an internal reorganization, a major technology initiative and a national drug crisis to contend with, but they think their institution has successfully charted its path.

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Marion County judges offer cool, sweet thank you to jurors

Recently, Marion County jurors got another summons — this time an invitation to join judges, other jurors and their families in enjoying some ice cream. The Marion County Superior and Circuit Courts held its inaugural Juror Appreciation Day Aug. 24 at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, just north of downtown Indianapolis.

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Indiana takes steps to improve water sustainability

Hoosier lawmakers, utilities and water policy lawyers in recent years have begun to look more closely at supply and demand. Legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2019, for example, ties certain funding sources to evidence of effective water study and communication. Meanwhile, some of the state’s biggest utilities have begun efforts to increase collaboration so that water resources might be shared.

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Harrell & Dodane: Final ACE rule trumps CPP, lets states set standards

On June 19, United States Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the final version of the Affordable Clean Energy rule that was initially proposed on Aug. 21, 2018. The ACE final rule repeals and replaces the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which attempted to impose first-ever carbon dioxide emission standards on existing fossil fuel power plants.

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Krohne and Alson: General Assembly creates 21st Century Energy Task Force

The General Assembly enacted House Enrolled Act 1278, which established the 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force. The duties of the task force are to: (1) examine the state’s existing policies regulating electric generation portfolios; (2) examine how possible shifts in electric generation portfolios may impact the reliability, system resilience and affordability of electric utility service; and (3) evaluate whether state regulators have the appropriate authority and statutory flexibility to consider the statewide impact of possible shifts in electric generation portfolios, while still protecting customer interests.

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McGimpsey: Digital water pivots utilities from reactive to proactive

Data has transformed how every industry does business, including utilities. The term “digital water” is a hot topic right now as more water and wastewater utilities look to improve operations and communications with customers. While it can be challenging for utilities to take steps toward implementing digital water technologies, those that do could see significant benefits across multiple departments.

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IndyBar: It’s Hard to Be a Client

Space limitations for this column will not allow all the details of our adventure in adopting Eva and in being clients of a Kenyan lawyer, but the entire experience helped me better understand how our clients feel when they are battling serious problems and engage us for guidance and resolution.

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IndyBar: Support and Kindness from the Other Side — An Uplifting Family Bar

From divorce, custody, parenting time and guardianships to grandparent rights, family law can be very messy and emotionally draining. When I tell people what I do for a living, the most frequent responses are something along the lines of, “oh, I don’t think I could do that,” or “that must be very difficult.” Typically, however, my opposing counsel is not difficult, exhausting, or otherwise adding fuel to the fire.

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