Sunday, January 22, 2017

Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

December 15, 2016 by Elizabeth Daulton

On July 18, 2011, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal that criticized the operations of the nine township small claims courts in Marion County. The paper launched several additional stories covering litigant complaints of forum shopping, exorbitant attorney’s fees, and other unfair debt collection practices.
Under the leadership of Marion Circuit Court Judge Sheryl [...]

2016 ICLEO Class looking to the future

2016 ICLEO Class looking to the future

December 15, 2016 by Ashley Rozier

The 20th convening of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) Summer Institute took place June 18 to July 30, 2016 at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Then Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard created ICLEO in 1997 to support minority, low-income, and educationally disadvantaged students who aspire to pursue a law degree and [...]

Improvements to the Senior Judge Program

December 15, 2016 by Tom Carusillo

Changes are coming to the Senior Judge Program. On August 10, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court created the Senior Judge Committee consisting of seven members, including three senior judges and three trial court judges.
Under the Order, the “Committee is charged with making recommendations to the Court regarding the utilization of senior judges and the administration [...]

Educators attend Teacher Workshop at the State House

Educators attend Teacher Workshop at the State House

December 15, 2016 by Sarah Kidwell

On August 31, sixty educators attended a workshop sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court in collaboration with the Indiana Historical Society. The workshop provided teachers, administrators, and one truancy officer with an opportunity to visit downtown Indianapolis and learn about the history and operation of the judicial branch.
Judges and lawyers nominated these educators for this [...]

50 Big Ideas to Improve Indiana

December 15, 2016 by Kathryn Dolan

In December 2011, former Governor Mitch Daniels appointed a 15-member bicentennial commission to oversee the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana’s 200th birthday. Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and former Congressman Lee Hamilton served as the co-chairs. The Bicentennial Visioning Project (Project) is an endorsed project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission engaging more [...]

Improving Juvenile Access to Justice

December 15, 2016 by Kristine S. Weddell

October was National Youth Justice Awareness Month. Even though juvenile arrests have declined in recent years, last year in Indiana there were over 18,000 new delinquency or status offense filings. Status offenses are those that would not be considered a crime if committed by an adult, such as tobacco possession. Many of these juvenile offenders [...]

Geoffrey Slaughter sworn in as member of Supreme Court

Geoffrey Slaughter sworn in as member of Supreme Court

September 21, 2016 by

On August 11, colleagues, friends, and family filled the atrium outside the Indiana Supreme Court Courtroom to offer well-wishes and congratulations to the newest Justice of the Court – Geoffrey Slaughter. Justice Slaughter officially joined the Court in June, when he was sworn-in by Chief Justice Loretta Rush during a private ceremony.
Justice Slaughter’s public swearing-in [...]

Foster youth receives award at CASA Conference

Foster youth receives award at CASA Conference

September 21, 2016 by

Katherinne Peraza, a foster youth from Child Advocates in Indianapolis, is the recipient of the first Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship Award, established through an endowment by the law firm Akerman, LLP to help young adults achieve a post-secondary education.
The scholarship was awarded to Katherinne at the 35th annual National GAL/CASA conference in National Harbor, Maryland. [...]

Language Identification Card

September 21, 2016 by LaKesha Triggs

Use this lifeline before calling Language Line
A man walks into a court office, politely waits his turn, and then speaks in a language no one has ever heard. Now what?
The police arrest a woman on suspicion of shoplifting. She is unable to read, write, or speak English. How will the judge conduct the initial hearing?
In [...]

Supreme Court names first Chief Administrative Officer

Supreme Court names first Chief Administrative Officer

September 21, 2016 by

After a national search, the Indiana Supreme Court has named Henry Circuit Court 1 Judge Mary Willis as its first Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush said, “Mary is a tremendous leader with legal and administrative skills who will be a great asset to the Supreme Court.”
Willis began work in July. The [...]

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