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Licensee who sent attorney to hearing not in default for failure to appear

A party may send an attorney to a discipline hearing instead of personally attending without risking a default judgment, the Indiana Court of Appeals held April 27 (Melton v. Indiana Athletic Trainers Board). The decision reversed a seven-year license suspension issued to an athletic trainer, after the Indiana Athletic Trainers Board took exception to a licensee’s decision to send her attorney to a sanctions hearing in her stead.

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