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Posted on: Apr 30, 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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IndyBar Bench Bar Conference Celebration of the Juneteenth Holiday: The Spirit of Our Journey
By Judie Hawley Conley, Conley and Associates
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Under the dynamic leadership of IndyBar President Jimmie McMillian, we're celebrating Juneteenth at Bench Bar to bring awareness to our members about this significant piece of history. More importantly, the Juneteenth workshop session will highlight and recognize the experiences and significant contributions that African-American attorneys have made to our legal community. 
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Commercial Real Estate: Q1 Review
By Kiamesha Colom, Chelsea Spickelmier and Nick Mollmann of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
As the market bounces back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, government closures, and a recession, things are picking up and getting busy in the commercial real estate industry. With the first quarter of 2021 officially over, this article outlines some of the most important real estate changes that have taken place in 2021 so far and what may be coming.
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The Decline of Jury Trials in Criminal Cases
Shared by Tim Devereux, Wagner Reese LLP
Jury trial have been on the decline in civil cases for some time and now the trend appears to be extending to criminal matters as well. According to the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the decline in criminal jury trials is being driven, in part, by “coercive” prosecution policies that result in plea agreements rather that jury trials. This adversely impacts the constitutional rights of criminal defendants.
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Medical Bills Are Relevant to Damages Even When Plaintiff Is Not Seeking to Recover Medical Expenses, Indiana Appellate Court Rules
By Chuck Niblick, Katz Korin Cunningham
In Gladstone v. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co., the Indiana Court of Appeals held that a trial court did not abuse its discretion in allowing a defendant underinsured motorist carrier to introduce the plaintiff’s medical bills even though the plaintiff was only seeking damages for pain and suffering.
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Senate Passes HB 1255
By Jeff Dible, Frost Brown Todd LLC
The ISBA's bill on remote witnessing and signing in counterparts, House Bill 1255, was passed by the Senate with amendments on March 23. The changes in HB 1255 will be effective upon enactment. As of April 7, the last action on HB 1255 that shows up on the General Assembly website is the April 1 roll call vote (84 to 1) by which the House concurred in the amendments made to the Bill on the Senate side.
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