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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. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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