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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ind. Decisions - Out-of-state attorney reactions to two recent Indiana Supreme Court opinions

Scott H. Greenfield, a NY attorney, writes in Simple Justice, A Criminal Defense Blog about our Supreme Court's March 25th opinion in Joanna S. Robinson v. State of Indiana, a case where the testimony of the arresting officer and the record from his video camera were somewhat at odds. A Public Defender Blog, from "I am Gideon. I’m a public defender in the fictional state of Connecticut," has a less measured response.

Carolyn Elefant, the DC attorney and well-known writer of myShingle.com, had a post April 14th titled "An Indiana Ethics Opinion That May Kill Legal Start Ups." The opinion at issue is In the Matter of Anonymous, a Supreme Court disciplinary opinion from April 11th. A few quotes from her post:

Via the Legal Profession Blog, comes a recent Indiana ethics decision reprimanding a lawyer who’d practiced 41 years without incident for participating Law Tigers , a site that helps members of the public find a motorcycle attorney. Trouble is, in pursuit of a single Tiger that may purportedly cause harm to the public, the Indiana Supreme Court now has the entire fledgling industry of legal matchmaking platforms by the tail. * * *

But what’s worst about the Indiana Supreme Court’s ruling is that no site is safe – including the recent crop of VC-backed client matchmaking sites. Take UpCounsel , a site that small businesses can use to find lawyers. * * *

The way that I read the Indiana Supreme Court opinion, I don’t see any principled way to distinguish LawTiger from the new crop of matchmaking platforms. Which means that the Indiana court decision will have a chilling effect on lawyers in Indiana – and potentially other jurisdictions. And while the Indiana Court may view that as a triumph, in the long run a far worse fate awaits.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 16, 2014 08:23 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions