The Nicholson Nugget, September 2020, Issue 12

The Nicholson Nugget

This is The Nicholson Nugget: the official newsletter of the Law Office of Mark Nicholson.   You can subscribe by clicking here.

In this issue, I interviewed a former federal prisoner that now has his own business.  Also, I interviewed trial attorney Tarah Baldwin about her practice.

Court and COVID

I haven’t made many court appearances since the pandemic, and there was one I wish I never had to make.  I had to go to court on Thursday, September 17th, and it was for an expungement hearing. When I go to court, I wear a face mask,  a face shield, and try to maintain social distancing.   After court, that weekend,  I traveled to visit my elderly mother and some of my elderly relatives. Then Monday, September 17th, I received a call from the Marion County prosecutor’s office. They told me that I came in close contact with a prosecutor that had tested positive for COVID-19. Obviously, I was shocked and concerned.  I called my mom and relatives to let them know. Fortunately, when I visited them, I wore a mask the whole time.


But I had to quarantine for 14 days, which required me to take my kids out of school and file motions to continue or motions for remote hearings because I could not attend court. It disrupted my life and my practice.  Well, my 14 days of quarantine are up. I do not have COVID-19, nor do my children. We are all healthy and safe! And my client also got his record expunged.

The sad news is United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18th. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, age 87, died from cancer.  Justice Ginsburg was best known for her feminist views and battle for women’s rights.

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This month I’m trying something new.  A computer audio version of The Nicholson Nugget.

Take care and be safe!

Mark Harsley

Mark B. Harsley

Mark B. Harsley is a budding Tech Innovator. Having experienced first hand the devastating effects of the communication gap between individuals experiencing isolation through incarceration and their “support system.” Mark has dedicated his entrepreneurial efforts and technological prowess to bridging the gap between the two. The KITeMailApp is one of the ways he uses technology to build, innovate, and ultimately impact the society around him.

Mark is also a Graduate of the Kenzie Academy Software Engineering program and spent his free time during the program building bridges for the underrepresented students at Kenzie with companies like Salesforce. He is currently an Admissions Advisor at Kenzie Academy.

Here is the link to his interview.

Nugget of the Month

“I try to teach through my opinions, through my speeches, how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like, color of their skin, whether they’re men or women.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Tarah Baldwin

Attorney Tarah Baldwin

Tarah M.C. Baldwin is the founder of the Baldwin Legal Group, LLC. She is a trial attorney that represents clients in the areas of guardianship, estate planning & administration,  litigation, and juvenile criminal defense.  Tarah Baldwin accepts cases throughout the State of Indiana and is admitted to the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

She is a graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she was a Fellow for the Program on Law and State Government, Executive Production Editor for the International and Comparative Law Review, and obtained a certification in Trial Advocacy.  Tarah is a member of the American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis.  She was chosen as a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star of 2020 and as one of the twenty-five attorneys for the Indiana State Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy.

Here is the link to her interview.