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How do managing partners manage their social media?

September 17, 2014
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Do you have a LinkedIn account? If you are a managing partner, then you most likely do, although your online presence may be begrudgingly, depending on your age.
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No socks, big problem for 1 attorney

September 4, 2014
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The order from Blackford Circuit Judge Dean Young has made headlines this week, requesting that Marion attorney Todd A. Glickfield put on some socks before heading to court.
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Open floor plans the way of the future

August 27, 2014
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In an effort to encourage mobility and collaboration and save money, walls are coming down in offices and work spaces are becoming more open.
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Was work/life balance question sexist?

August 7, 2014
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Indiana Justice Loretta Rush was asked during her interview about maintaining a work/life balance. But none of the men were asked about that issue at their subsequent interviews.
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Jurors heeding judges’ requests not to use social media

July 31, 2014
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Nearly 500 federal judges responded to a request by the Federal Judicial Center to report on how frequently jurors used social media to communicate during trials and deliberations over the past two years. The judges’ response: not that often.
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Americans aren’t impressed with US Supreme Court

July 9, 2014
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A recent national phone survey has found that a little more than a quarter of likely U.S. voters think the Supreme Court of the United States is doing a good or excellent job. The same amount rated the justices’ performance as poor.
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Law school stress kills brain cells

June 18, 2014
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You know you are supposed to eat a balanced diet and exercise, but are you taking care of your cognitive fitness? According to one lawyer, brain cells are dying from the stress of law school.
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People more likely to use Internet to find an attorney, survey says

May 21, 2014
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Forget the phone book, billboard or even word of mouth referrals. Your future clients are going to find you based on searching the World Wide Web, according to a recent survey.
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T-shirt touts profession

May 13, 2014
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On Monday I wrote about a T-shirt that says “Trust me, I’m a lawyer.” It got me thinking, what other slogans would be appropriate for a lawyer to wear on a T-shirt?
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Does being a lawyer automatically earn one’s trust?

May 12, 2014
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Would you wear a T-shirt that says “Trust me, I’m a lawyer?” Or perhaps, more importantly, should I trust you because you are a lawyer?
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Study shows racial bias in evaluating legal writing

April 25, 2014
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When handing out the same memo to various law partners to critique under the guise of a study on the writing competencies of young attorneys, researchers discovered law partners found more errors in the memo they believed was written by an African-American attorney.
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Survey calls law firm benefit changes ‘stealth cost shifting’

April 9, 2014
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Large law firm benefit trends paint a somewhat  “conflicted picture” as firms try to manage plan expenses while at the same time lag behind the broader market’s adaptation of consumerism to save costs, based on results of a national survey.
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Indiana ranks low in part of new access to justice index

March 14, 2014
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Indiana falls near the middle of the pack when it comes to providing overall access to civil and criminal courts for its most vulnerable populations, according to data from a new project from the National Center for Access to Justice – the Justice Index.
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Number of female equity partners continues to be low

February 27, 2014
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The greatest percentage of women occupy the lowest positions in law firms, and the highest positions in firms are occupied by the lowest percentage of women, according to data released by the National Association of Women Lawyers after surveying the top 200 largest law firms in the U.S.
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Study reveals lawyers leaving the practice of law

February 18, 2014
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A unique longitudinal study following the career paths of lawyers who passed the bar in 2000 has found that 24 percent – nearly a quarter of them – were no longer practicing law in 2012.
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I love the law because ...

February 12, 2014
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Tell us: Why do you love the law?
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Law firm’s advertising takes to the streets

February 3, 2014
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We’ve all seen law firms and attorneys advertise on billboards, bus stops and the sides of city buses (I’m looking at you, Ken Nunn.). But Monday morning, an advertisement for a law firm I saw while walking into my office made me take notice.
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General Assembly’s website looks nice, but is troublesome

January 6, 2014
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I alluded in my blog Friday to the redesign of the Indiana General Assembly’s website. I have high hopes for the site, as it seems like it will make following the Legislature easier. But right now, it’s got some kinks to work out.
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District Court website redesign provides easier use

January 3, 2014
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I spend a lot of time online for my job looking at court and government websites, so I appreciate when those sites are easy to use. The Southern District of Indiana’s website has become one of those sites.
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Ring in the New Year safely with Sotomayor

December 31, 2013
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A United States Supreme Court justice will help count down to 2014, and a central Indiana law firm wants to make sure you get home safely on New Year’s Eve.
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McKinney 3L raises funds so man can keep guide dog

December 19, 2013
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Thanks to an Indiana law student’s study break, a New York City-area man will be able to keep his longtime companion and guide dog.
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PACER turns 25

December 10, 2013
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PACER is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The service, Public Access to Court Electronic Records, was approved in September 1988 by the Judicial Conference of the United States. Goodbye paper, hello computer.
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Law firm contest exchanges gift cards for clicks

November 21, 2013
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Here’s one way to drive traffic to your website and social media: Pay people to visit it.
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Americans think 'justice is for sale'

October 29, 2013
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Money talks, the saying goes, and many Americans think it’s telling judges how to rule on cases, according to results of a poll released Thursday.
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Americans think ‘justice is for sale’

October 29, 2013
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Money talks, the saying goes, and many Americans think it’s telling judges how to rule on cases, according to results of a poll released Thursday.
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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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