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Is judicial activism really a bad thing?

July 27, 2010
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Groups who oppose the rulings of certain judges throw out the term “activist” but is that really a bad thing?
 
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Film features med-mal case

July 26, 2010
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A movie at the Indianapolis International Film Festival last week featured the plaintiff’s side of a medical-malpractice case where the doctor misdiagnosed the husband’s medical condition, possibly causing his death. However, even though the patient’s wife didn’t want to file a law suit and it was her sister’s idea to hire a litigator, the lawyer proceeded anyway. Would or could this happen in a real case?

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Institute helps instructors teach civics

July 22, 2010
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This week, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky teachers are learning what it’s like for students who take “We The People” classes. The institute, taking place at Indiana University in Bloomington, was organized by the Indiana Bar Foundation and is supported by members of the legal community.

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NFP opinion gives us pause

July 20, 2010
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Typically we don’t give the not-for-publication opinions from the Indiana Court of Appeals too much thought, but one today definitely caught our attention.

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Keeping jurors names from the public

July 19, 2010
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Should the names of jurors on high-profile cases remain confidential until the trial is over?
 

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Furniture maker uses legal books

July 13, 2010
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While libraries have been discontinuing books from their collections, the pages are taken out and recycled, and the covers are also destroyed or recycled. One Indianapolis furniture designer, however, has been keeping the bindings to make benches, tables, a screen, and even a functioning chandelier.
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Happy lawyers are healthy lawyers

July 12, 2010
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Self-help and other books and articles geared toward attorneys focus on happiness. Are lawyers an unhappy bunch?

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Felons and attorneys

July 9, 2010
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You can’t have a felony conviction and become an attorney, but getting a felony conviction after you are admitted to the bar doesn’t mean automatic disbarment.

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Treating colds may become more difficult

July 7, 2010
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Fighting a cold may become more annoying and costly if legislators require prescriptions for certain cold medicines.
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July 1 is new law day

July 1, 2010
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July 1 means many new laws take effect in Indiana.
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ID needed to register to vote ... sometimes

June 30, 2010
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Make sure you have a photo ID if you want to register to vote online.
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Update on Evansville legal community

June 25, 2010
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The Evansville Bar Association had a number of updates to report to a visiting IL reporter earlier this week.

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Being a good citizen

June 22, 2010
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The civics education team of the Indiana Bar Foundation kicked off the weeklong “Project Citizen: Equal Justice Institute” Monday afternoon at Indiana University’s education building in Bloomington.

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Civil rights attorney featured in documentary

June 21, 2010
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Worthwhile documentary about infamous civil rights lawyer will air on PBS starting Tuesday, and will be available online until September.

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Digital footprints in the Internet sand

June 18, 2010
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A new service will show you your digital footprint.
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Historic passing

June 15, 2010
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Former prosecutor Michael Cosentino and the Ford Pinto trial impacted many people, including one IL reporter. Mr. Cosentino died Monday.

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Protect your data

June 10, 2010
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Protecting your data may be more difficult than you think.
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Conference caters to solos, small firm lawyers

June 9, 2010
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The Indiana State Bar Association's Solo and Small Firm Conference gave one reporter many story ideas.
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Program addresses media access

June 3, 2010
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Indiana University Maurer School of Law- Bloomington, with support from the I.U. School of Journalism, WTIU and Elon University has put together a new DVD: "Access Denied: Navigating the Legal Challenges to Newsgathering."
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Happy anniversary First Impressions

June 2, 2010
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Today is the second anniversary of First Impressions. What do you want the blog to discuss?
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Civics, civility lessons needed

June 1, 2010
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Many people need a refresher civics course and a reminder about civility.
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Reaching a milestone

May 24, 2010
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Congratulations class of 2010. Let's hope there are enough jobs for all of you.
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How hard is it to do CLE?

May 18, 2010
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Yet again, many Hoosier attorneys have been suspended for not following the rules.
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Dreaming of home ownership

April 21, 2010
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This post was written by IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger Minutes after I turned in Tuesday's IL Daily story about a new initiative by the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network, I got an e-mail from the Indianapolis Neighborhood...
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Lawyer spam

April 19, 2010
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I recently experienced a first when it comes to my personal e-mail account: I received spam e-mail from an attorney. An e-mail from California attorney Roni Deutch, whose name I recognize from TV commercials, made it into my junk e-mail box...
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  1. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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