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Posted on: Oct 4, 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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Reopening Your Practice
By Megan Wells, Duffin Hash & Coates LLP
As you begin to return to the office and reopen your practice, you may be feeling a little anxious about the unknown. The landscape has changed and we need to make sure we are all doing our part to keep ourselves, our families, our co-workers and our clients safe. There are a few things you can do to prepare to re-open your practice.
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The Unique Relationship Between Lawyers and Judges
By Michael Mohler, Jackson Lewis P.C.
As lawyers, many of our relationships are governed by our rules of professional conduct. For the most part, these rules place burdens, limits and duties on us. The judge-lawyer relationship, however, is governed by interlocking rules from both sides. In our practices, lawyers are limited in what we can say to a judge, as well as when and how we say it. We may really want to let the judge know what we think is going on in a case, or we may really want to know what the judge is thinking on an issue, but often can’t just say or ask what we want.
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Do Manipulative, Combative People Achieve Better Career Success? A New Study Sheds Light
Intro by Morgan Decker, Rubin & Levin PC
In our profession, we are taught to be respectful and civil toward the court, toward our clients and toward our fellow practitioners. During a time where everyone is suffering through the added stress of a pandemic, you may have caught yourself being impatient, combative, dare I say, snarky, when you otherwise may not have been.
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One Ethics Rule Leads to Another: Technology Competence and the Duty of Supervision
By Helen Geib, Hoover Hull Turner LLP
From an ethics standpoint there is a key distinction between competence by education and by association. A lawyer who directs others’ work has a duty to make reasonable efforts to assure compliance with all applicable Rules of Professional Conduct. 
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No “HEROES” for Creditors: H.R. 6800 and the Proposed HEROES Act
By Cassandra Nielsen, Rubin & Levin PC
The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or HEROES Act is proposed legislation acting as a $3 trillion stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is intended to supplement the earlier CARES Act stimulus package. Although a potential boom for struggling Americans, the HEROES Act is a bane to creditor’s rights and debt collection.
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