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Government Practice News

Posted on: Mar 1, 2021

By Michelle Allen, Indiana Office of Administrative Law Proceedings

As an attorney, you likely have a checklist of each element you need to address during an evidentiary hearing in order to prove your burden or issue. Yet, we’ve also all been in trials where the simplest question wasn’t asked that proves venue, or an offer of proof wasn’t requested when the judge denied someone’s motion to enter evidence. And of course, once the evidentiary hearing ends it’s only the evidence in the record that’s on the table for judicial review—for better or worse!

The experience of having your record be reviewed by a trial or appellate can either go one of two ways—great because they didn’t mention you by name or horrifying because all your mistakes were pointed out on paper, signed, and open to the public. The IndyBar Government Practice Section doesn’t want you to fall into the latter category, which is why we're hosting a CLE on April 30 to remind attorneys and administrative law judges about the steps necessary to preserve a clean record on judicial review.

The CLE will be led by Judge John Chavis III from Marion Superior Court 5 and Administrative Law Judge Caroline Stephens Ryker from the Office of Administrative Law Proceedings. You can expect to find basic steps to preserving the record, as well as preservation steps to take in the digital era and practical tips from the ALJ’s perspective and trial court judges who review everyone’s work. 

Even more than that, these judges want to hear YOUR questions about how they can prepare you to best prepare your record. Send any questions ahead of time to and Indybar will make sure all your questions are answered! You can register for the CLE soon at

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