Monday, November 6, 2017

Indiana Lawyer - Managing Editor

On Nov. 6, I began my new position as managing editor of the Indiana Lawyer.
Here is my biography:
"Rob Burgess is managing editor of Indiana Lawyer. Prior to joining Indiana Lawyer, he was city editor for more than five years at the Kokomo Tribune, in Kokomo, Indiana, where he also served as opinion page editor and a member of the editorial board. He holds a degree from Indiana University."
Here is what Indiana Lawyer editor Dave Stafford had to say in his Nov. 1 column:
"I’m also excited to announce that Rob Burgess will join our staff as managing editor Nov. 6. Rob is currently city editor of the Kokomo Tribune, where he has been an editor for the past five years. He brings to us a rare combination — strong reporting, editing and newsroom leadership experience coupled with a natural interest in the law."
I can be reached by mail at: 41 East Washington Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204
I can be reached by phone at 317-634-6200, by fax at 317-263-5259 or by email at

Daily stories
2017-11-08 – “Appeals court affirms mortgage foreclosure decision” (Published: Nov. 29, 2017, Page 21)
A South Bend man had no standing to challenge the assignment of loan documents and therefore was not entitled to relief from judgment in a mortgage foreclosure, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
2017-11-08 – “Attorney fees affirmed in adult guardianship dispute” (Published: Nov. 29, 2017, Page 21)
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed an award of attorney fees in a guardianship dispute that involved expert witnesses who testified as to the testamentary capacity of a man diagnosed with dementia.
2017-11-09 – “Post-conviction relief appeal denied”
A Vigo County man’s petition for post-conviction relief was denied by the Indiana Court of Appeals on Thursday.
2017-11-14 – “Minkler appointed to U.S. Attorney advisory committee”
Joshua Minkler, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, is among nine federal prosecutors appointed to serve a two-year term on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.
2017-12-28 – “COA upholds bar’s partial liability for hit-and-run”
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed judgments of liability against a Lake County bar accused of overserving a patron who drove a vehicle that struck another departing customer.
2018-01-16 – “Notre Dame Law School clinic secures disease detection patent”
Detecting cancers and cardiovascular diseases now may be a bit easier thanks to a new patent secured by the Notre Dame Law School’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic.
2018-01-22 – “Federal courts open during government shutdown”
With Congress failing to pass a budget measure by the deadline of midnight Saturday, and the federal government beginning the workweek amid a shutdown, federal judiciary officials sought to assure the public they are still open – for now.
2018-01-24 – “State suspends new assisted living center certifications”
The Family and Social Services Administration has announced a moratorium on the certification of any new assisted living, adult day service or adult family care providers until further notice.
2018-01-25 – “Bankruptcy filings fall at slowest rate since 2010”
In a continuing trend, bankruptcy filings in 2017 continued to fall, but at a slower rate than any time since 2010, a new report issued by the U.S. Courts says.
2018-01-26 – “Holcomb extends CBD oil order through legislative session”
Gov. Eric Holcomb on Friday extended the moratorium on seizures of CBD oil from retailers’ shelves — as well Indiana State Excise Police’s education period on products derived from cannabis — while lawmakers consider bills regulating those products.
2018-01-29 – “Tax Advisory Council has inaugural meeting”
The Indiana Department of Revenue’s Tax Advisory Council convened behind closed doors for its inaugural quarterly meeting today. Created in December, the group’s mission is to “shape the future of tax administration by providing input regarding agency operations, policies and legislative proposals,” according to the department.
2018-01-30 – “Kiritsis film release set for anniversary of hostage crisis”
Dead Man’s Line,” a new documentary about the Feb. 8, 1977 kidnapping of Indianapolis mortgage broker Richard O. “Dick” Hall by Anthony G. “Tony” Kiritsis, is scheduled for release on the 41st anniversary of the event.
2018-01-31 – “Ex-trooper Camm’s $30 million lawsuit dismissed”
A $30 million lawsuit brought by exoneree David Camm was dismissed Monday by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in New Albany.
2018-02-02 – “IRS: 26 sentenced in Indiana last year on federal tax violations”
A total of 26 people were sentenced for criminal federal tax violations in Indiana in 2017, according to the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.
2018-02-05 – “Hill speaks at DOJ’s Human Trafficking Summit”
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill spoke Friday at the Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Summit, where he touted the state’s increased focus on the issue.
2018-02-07 – “Taxpayers urged to beware of identity thieves”
Some taxpayers may be in for a nasty surprise when they file their returns this year, officials say.

Print stories
2017-11-29 – “In legal gray area, social media use may impact work life” (Page 4)
A Virginia bicyclist’s chance encounter with a presidential motorcade late last month exemplifies the growing complications employers and employees face in the age of social media, local employment law professionals say.
2017-11-29 – “Wagner Reese looks to the future” (Page 4, with photos courtesy by Wagner Reese, Eric Learned and Rob Burgess)
During a grand opening Nov. 9 celebrating the new Wagner Reese headquarters building at 11939 N. Meridian St., Carmel, it wasn’t hard to see how far the law firm had come in a relatively short time.
2017-12-13 – “Holcomb doubles Pence’s 4-year total of pardons in one day” (Page 1, jump to Page 22)
Gov. Eric Holcomb issued six pardons on Nov. 20 — twice the absolutions granted by his predecessor, now-Vice President Mike Pence, during his four years as governor.
2017-12-13 – “Raines' return to Bingham as COO like homecoming” (Page 4, with photo by Eric Learned)
When Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP announced Oct. 17 that C.W. Raines III had been named the firm’s new chief operating officer, his new role was something of a homecoming. Raines previously worked in the firm’s Indianapolis office as an associate from 2004 to 2006, where his practice focused on corporate services including mergers and acquisitions, startups, and lending transactions.
2017-12-27 – “Rethinking bail: Pretrial release and apps among trends here and nationwide” (Page 4, jump to 22)
The drumbeat to reexamine the practice of cash bail in Indiana and nationally has grown louder in recent years as jails groan under the weight of overpopulation.
2018-01-10 – “Church of Cannabis seeks sanctuary in RFRA; Hill asks court to rule for state” (Promo on Page 1, story starts on Page 3, jumps to Pages 25 and 27)
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has asked a court to rule in the state’s favor against what he calls “a small group of marijuana enthusiasts operating in Indianapolis under the name ‘First Church of Cannabis.’”
SIDEBAR STORY: 2018-01-10 – “RFRA’s unintended consequences” (Page 25)
Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence on March 26, 2015. An amendment was then signed the following month. Since, RFRA has been cited in a few unexpected ways.
2018-01-10 – “Indiana eighth to offer state employees parental leave” (Page 8, jump to Page 9)
Gov. Eric Holcomb last month signed an executive order establishing paid parental leave for state employees, effective Jan. 1.
2018-01-24 – “Milk on the move - Benefit helps nursing moms while they travel” (Page 4)
Nursing mothers facing the prospect of a days-long business trip are often presented with a dilemma. They can either switch their baby’s diet to formula for the time being, or store milk ahead of schedule. Such attorneys at Ice Miller, however, no longer must make these choices while traveling for work.
2018-01-24 – “The ups and downs of investing in bitcoin” (Promo on page 1, story on page 7, jump to page 9)
Have the eye-popping gains posted by bitcoin investors in the latter half of 2017 grabbed your attention? Has this made you consider adding cryptocurrencies to your wealth management portfolio? If you said yes, lawyers, investors and accountants say you’re in good company.
2018-02-07 – “‘End of life options’ a nonstarter at Statehouse” (Promo on page 1, story on page 3 and jump on page 21)
Indiana is not among the seven jurisdictions in the country that authorize medical aid in dying. California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Washington, D.C. do, however. For the second year in a row, a legislative push for an End of Life Options Act failed to gain traction.
2018-02-07 – “Emerging smart contracts offer possibilities and risks” (Story on page 7 and jump to page 9)
Smart contracts” soon may change the way many lawyers practice.

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