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Posted on: Feb 2, 2021

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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I've Got Your (Feed)Back: Giving and Getting Feedback in Mediation
By Joan Champagne, White & Champagne
Once the mediator’s report is filed, the mediator is usually finished with the case forever, and often the last thing a mediator wants to do is to keep thinking about a case after the mediation has concluded. But for a mediator to go the extra mile to give his or her impressions to each attorney, this can create reverberations that result in the eventual resolution of the matter. Giving feedback is also a form of mentoring.
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2020 Indiana Supreme Court Annual Report
By Joel Schumm, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
In December, the Indiana Supreme Court released its annual report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. The report is full of interesting statistics, information about the court’s activities, and numerous colorful photographs. This post offers a few highlights.
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New Sales Disclosure Form
By April Sparks Pyatt, Jones Pyatt Law LLC
Effective as of Jan. 1, 2021, a new revised Sales Disclosure Form is required in Indiana. A Sales Disclosure Form must be completed and filed in Indiana for any transfer of a real property interest for valuable consideration that is transferred under a “conveyance document.”
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Achieving Goals and Feeling Good: Three Work Resolutions for Litigators and E-Discovery Professionals
By Helen Geib, Hoover Hull Turner LLP
New year’s resolutions are especially apropos in 2021 given that the prevailing attitude to the old year is goodbye and good riddance. Millions of unused gym memberships notwithstanding, resolutions can be effective when done right. The key is to be specific and realistic.
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Does Retention of Property Violate the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy? The Supreme Court Weighs In
From Krieg DeVault LLP
On January 14, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States resolved a circuit split by unanimously holding that the “mere retention of property” by a creditor after the time a debtor files its bankruptcy petition does not violate the automatic stay under § 362(a)(3) of the United States Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. §§ 101, et seq. In City of Chicago v. Fulton, the City of Chicago impounded individuals’ vehicles for failure to pay vehicular fines, and when those individuals subsequently filed for relief under chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, the City refused to return the vehicles.
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