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Posted on: Sep 9, 2020

The latest legal scoop to keep you in the loop: Here are the top five stories from the IndyBar this month.

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Issues in Presenting a Land Use Case via Virtual Hearing
By David Retherford, Attorney at Law
If you are preparing for a WebEx presentation in Indianapolis for a rezoning or variance case, especially one which contested by Department of Metropolitan Development staff, by significant remonstrance, or both, consider the following tips/clarifications.
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Schools' Obligations and Special Education in the Age of COVID-19
By Catherine Michael, Connell Michael Kerr LLP
The world has changed and the world of public education has been forced to change along with it. From using hybrid models of both in-school and virtual instruction, alternative day schedules, to school districts that have foregone offering any in-person instruction at all, the changes to public education are varied. While these changes affect most of us with children of school age, they deeply and significantly affect parents of children who have special needs in terms of education or health.
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New IDEM Closure Guidance
By Nick Gahl, Gahl Legal Group
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is looking to replace its current Remediation Closure Guide. The technical document that has governed and guided investigation, remediation, and closure objectives for the last eight years will be replaced by the “Risk-Based Closure Guide.” While an exact date is unknown, a preliminary draft of the new technical guidance – nicknamed “R2” – has been circulated throughout the environmental industry to consultants, counsel and contractors for feedback.
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High Hurdles: How Law Firms Alienate Potential Clients
By Jared Correia, Red Cave Legal, Official Consulting Partner of the IndyBar
Anything that stands between you and engagement with a potential client is a barrier. More than anything else, the modern practice of law is about breaking down barriers between you and your clients. 
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Beyond Competence: Technology and the Duties of Candor and Fairness in Litigation
By Helen Geib, Hoover Hull Turner LLP
Technology competence is an ethical requirement in more than 40 states. Beyond Rule 1 Competence, knowing technology helps lawyers comply with the duty of confidentiality and other rules of professional conduct. For litigators that includes the duties of candor and fairness. 
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