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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ind. Courts - Well, it just doesn't sound right to us Hoosiers!

Eugene Volokh (UCLA prof) has an amusing post today that starts:

When writing the Brewington amicus brief, which we filed before the Indiana Supreme Court, I used the term “Indianan” in my first draft. Yes, I’d heard of “Hoosier,” but I thought it was a jocular colloquialism, and “Indianan” was the Proper Dignified Lawyerly Way to say it.

Boy, was I wrong, as Michael Sutherlin, Dan Brewington’s lawyer (who has done an excellent job in the case, ably assisted by his associate Sam Adams), pointed out. Indeed, when I checked on Westlaw, I found only one case in the Indiana Cases database mentioning “Indianan” — and that was a typo. I found 192 cases mentioning “Hoosiers,” even limiting it to the plural so as to avoid various organizational names that contain “Hoosier”; the great bulk of these cases indeed referred to Indiana residents.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 31, 2013 09:31 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts