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Posted on: May 6, 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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Sanity in Extraordinary Times
By Enrique Flores, Flores Law Group LLC
For all those that feel “lucky” like me, please know that some of your colleagues are struggling during a difficult time in what is already an emotion-draining profession. We are more connected that ever, so let’s use technology for more than business. Remember that there is always time for empathy. A quick hello or a virtual coffee can help tremendously.
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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Mediation
By Matthew T. Kavanagh, Schiller Law Offices
As the recent coronavirus pandemic has swept through the nation and changed many aspects of our lives, so too has the landscape of the legal field. One of the most significant changes to have taken place over the last month is the way parties are conducting mediations. Although the Indiana Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules require all parties to be present at a mediation, the travel ban limiting all non-essential travel, which mediations fall under, has made it impractical for parties and their counsel to attend in-person mediations and forced attendance via video or telephone.
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Show Us How You're Striving to #FindtheGood
By Lizzie Schuerman, Paganelli Law Group
I am hopeful that something good can and will emerge from our shared ordeal  It is with this in mind that I’m excited to announce a new social media campaign started by the Women and the Law Division Executive Committee – Find the Good. The goal of this campaign is to highlight IndyBar members who are finding good in life during this extraordinary time.
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What is the Legal Impact of the Coronavirus on Business Contracts?
By Tim Devereux, Wagner Reese LLP
According to an article written by Deloitte, business contracts, such as supply agreements, often include “Force Majeure“-clauses or provisions with respect to “acts of God." Typically, respective clauses aim at governing the consequences of cases of default in performance being related to circumstances or events, which are beyond the control of the contracting parties.
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