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Loan help for unemployed

November 11, 2009
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In a story in the Nov. 11 issue of Indiana Lawyer , recent law school graduate Amanda Whipple wished for assistance in repaying student loans for unemployed attorneys who volunteer at nonprofit or legal services organizations. Amanda may get her wish,...
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Tough times for lawyers

November 9, 2009
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It’s been a tough year for attorneys, especially associates, according to the National Law Journal’s 2009 NLJ 250. In fact, the publication reports that this is the worst year for attorneys as far as how many are practicing since it began...
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Committing crime in court

November 5, 2009
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If you’re going to court for a child custody hearing and you want to present yourself in the best light to the judge, don’t beat up your kid’s mom in the courtroom. Owen Circuit Judge Frank Nardi overheard a commotion...
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Students sue over pics

November 2, 2009
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Perhaps this suit can be a lesson to the generation growing up with MySpace, Facebook, and cell phones: What you post online can come back to haunt you. Two high school sophomores in northern Indiana are suing their principal and the...
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Playing dress up

October 29, 2009
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Do law offices have Halloween parties? Lawyers don’t strike me as the type to have an office Halloween party, or even don a costume in the office, but I could be mistaken. In case you do have an office Halloween party,...
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Smoking bans in Indiana

October 26, 2009
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Smoking bans in bars and restaurants always create a spirited debate between smokers and nonsmokers. Every time a city or county in Indiana moves to ban smoking in these establishments, people pipe up with their opinions. Marion County may be the...
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No death penalty, more cash

October 22, 2009
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Proponents of abolishing the death penalty have argued for years it costs more to sentence someone to death and execute them than it does to have that person sit in prison for life. A report released this week is taking advantage...
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Rock out to benefit agency

October 21, 2009
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Don’t let the name fool you: You don’t need black ties or fancy dresses to attend the first Marion County Public Defender Agency’s Public Defenders’ Ball. You just need $7 bucks and the desire to hear musicians play. The Marion County...
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Free speech gets a week

October 20, 2009
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Most Americans should know they have the freedom of speech, thanks to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but they may not know there’s a week commemorating the right. This week marks the annual National Freedom of Speech Week,...
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Fest to show legal movies

October 15, 2009
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Reporter Rebecca Berfanger wrote this post. If you’re looking to see some uplifting movies that probably won’t be at a cineplex near you any time soon, while supporting an Indianapolis tradition, check out the Heartland Film Festival, which runs today...
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No compassion in court

October 12, 2009
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Should a judge be criticized by her peers for being compassionate to a couple in foreclosure? Yes, according to the 3rd District Court of Appeals, who disapproved of a Miami-Dade Circuit judge’s decision to give a couple an extra month to...
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An advocate remembered

October 9, 2009
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IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger fills in for Jennifer Nelson with this post : When Indiana Lawyer started to hear about the recent death of a prominent domestic violence victim’s advocate, comments about the attorney just kept coming from the legal community...
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Economy’s effect on diversity

October 7, 2009
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According to the Minority Law Journal’s Minority Experience Study, minorities are feeling the effect of the economy worse than their Caucasian counterparts. The survey asked midlevel associates (third-, fourth-, and fifth-year associates) a series of questions, including whether they were actively...
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IU – Indy’s Diversity week

October 5, 2009
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If we want law firms and legal offices to be more diverse, we should encourage diversity and inclusion at an earlier stage in the legal career, such as while in law school. Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis is doing...
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Perfect law school

September 30, 2009
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We recently posed the question “What’s the best way for people to become attorneys?” Your choices were: at law school as it is now, through apprenticeships like back in the day, and a hybrid of law school with real-life experience. Not...
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Access to SCOTUS

September 28, 2009
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The Supreme Court of the United States of America will hold its opening conferences Tuesday. In honor of the beginning of a new year on the court and Justice Sonia Sotomayor joining, C-SPAN has created “Supreme Court Week” beginning Oct. 4...
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IBA also not happy with Gov

September 23, 2009
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First the Indiana State Bar Association issued a statement saying Gov. Mitch Daniels’ comments in the press regarding the “voter ID” decision last week weren’t “helpful in advancing the appropriate respect for the courts and the judicial process.” Now, the Indianapolis...
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ISBA calls out the Gov

September 21, 2009
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The Indiana State Bar Association wants the governor to know it didn’t appreciate his comments regarding the Court of Appeals’ ruling on our voter ID law, so it issued a statement late Friday afternoon. It’s short and to the (polite) point:...
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Judge uses football in opinion

September 17, 2009
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You know it’s football season when a judge references two National Football League teams in his opinion. Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals must love football, or think that the sport is something most people understand...
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Name study seems flawed

September 16, 2009
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Samantha, you should just go by Sam. Alexandra should stick to Alex. If your name is Robin, Terry, or Pat, you’ll probably be OK, according to a new study that says women with more masculine sounding names have a better chance...
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Tailgating with CLE

September 14, 2009
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Grilling, drinking, socializing with friends – these things go along with tailgating before football games. At one Indiana law school, CLE classes are also part of the mix. At Notre Dame Law School, two-credit CLE programs are offered before select home...
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Catch-22 for new lawyers

September 10, 2009
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Despite the economy, some firms are still hiring. Unfortunately for those fresh out of law school, based on the classifieds placed recently in Indiana Lawyer , only those with experience should apply. A closer look at the last few issues of...
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Shamed into change

September 8, 2009
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One judge in Ohio thinks shame is the way to curb crime, so he’s ordering some criminals to wear bright T-shirts stating their crime. The T-shirts, obnoxiously neon yellowish-green, say things like, “I’m a thief” in big, block letters. The “criminali-tees”...
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“Dangerous” cart corrals

September 1, 2009
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Menard’s has funny-looking and somewhat impractical cart corrals that are also apparently unsafe and dangerous. Just ask Gerald Roberts of McCreary County, Ky. He was visiting a Menard’s in Lafayette, Ind., and decided to “travel through” the cart corral, hitting a...
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Clerk: credit or debit?

August 31, 2009
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Welcome to the 21st (or even arguably the 20th) century, Marion County Clerk’s Office! The clerk’s office announced late last week it’s now accepting credit or debit cards for most court fees. People can now pay with plastic for child support,...
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  1. If real money was spent on this study, what a shame. And if some air-head professor tries to use this to advance a career, pity the poor student. I am approaching a time that i (and others around me) should be vigilant. I don't think I'm anywhere near there yet, but seeing the subject I was looking forward to something I might use to look for some benchmarks. When finally finding my way to the hidden questionnaire all I could say to myself was...what a joke. Those are open and obvious signs of any impaired lawyer (or non-lawyer, for that matter), And if one needs a checklist to discern those tell-tale signs of impairment at any age, one shouldn't be practicing law. Another reason I don't regret dropping my ABA membership some number of years ago.

  2. The case should have been spiked. Give the kid a break. He can serve and maybe die for Uncle Sam and can't have a drink? Wow. And they won't even let him defend himself. What a gross lack of prosecutorial oversight and judgment. WOW

  3. I work with some older lawyers in the 70s, 80s, and they are sharp as tacks compared to the foggy minded, undisciplined, inexperienced, listless & aimless "youths" being churned out by the diploma mill law schools by the tens of thousands. A client is generally lucky to land a lawyer who has decided to stay in practice a long time. Young people shouldn't kid themselves. Experience is golden especially in something like law. When you start out as a new lawyer you are about as powerful as a babe in the cradle. Whereas the silver halo of age usually crowns someone who can strike like thunder.

  4. YES I WENT THROUGH THIS BEFORE IN A DIFFERENT SITUATION WITH MY YOUNGEST SON PEOPLE NEED TO LEAVE US ALONE WITH DCS IF WE ARE NOT HURTING OR NEGLECT OUR CHILDREN WHY ARE THEY EVEN CALLED OUT AND THE PEOPLE MAKING FALSE REPORTS NEED TO GO TO JAIL AND HAVE A CLASS D FELONY ON THERE RECORD TO SEE HOW IT FEELS. I WENT THREW ALOT WHEN HE WAS TAKEN WHAT ELSE DOES THESE SCHOOL WANT ME TO SERVE 25 YEARS TO LIFE ON LIES THERE TELLING OR EVEN LE SAME THING LIED TO THE COUNTY PROSECUTOR JUST SO I WOULD GET ARRESTED AND GET TIME HE THOUGHT AND IT TURNED OUT I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO NOT PROUD OF WHAT HAPPEN AND SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR MY CHILD I AM DISABLED AND SICK OF GETTING TREATED BADLY HOW WOULD THEY LIKE IT IF I CALLED APS ON THEM FOR A CHANGE THEN THEY CAN COME AND ARREST THEM RIGHT OUT OF THE SCHOOL. NOW WE ARE HOMELESS AND THE CHILDREN ARE STAYING WITH A RELATIVE AND GUARDIAN AND THE SCHOOL WON'T LET THEM GO TO SCHOOL THERE BUT WANT THEM TO GO TO SCHOOL WHERE BULLYING IS ALLOWED REAL SMART THINKING ON A SCHOOL STAFF.

  5. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

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