Appeal dismissed after attorney failed to seek permission to proceed pro hac vice on appeal

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For the underlying proceedings in the trial court, appellant Carolynda Applebury-Todosichuk was represented by local Indiana counsel and an out-of-state attorney granted pro hac vice status by the trial court. Although out-of-state counsel failed to seek permission to proceed pro hac vice on appeal, both attorneys signed Applebury-Todosichuk’s Notice of Appeal. Out-of-state counsel then filed an Appellant’s Brief bearing only her signature; local counsel did not sign the brief. Here, we are faced with the threshold question of whether we may even consider the brief.

Conclusion (slip op. at 2): We cannot consider the merits of a brief improperly filed by an attorney not licensed to practice law in Indiana and not granted temporary permission to proceed in this Court. Because Applebury-Todosichuk has failed to timely file an appellate brief pursuant to Indiana Appellate Rule 45(B), we dismiss this appeal.

Key Analysis (slip op. at 5): Although we will exercise our discretion to reach the merits when violations are comparatively minor, if the parties commit flagrant violations of the Rules of Appellate Procedure we will hold issues waived, or dismiss the appeal . . . This is a flagrant violation of the Rules of Appellate Procedure, and we therefore dismiss the appeal

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