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Vacation fears

June 15, 2009
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Attorneys are notorious for putting off vacation time or even bringing work with them while on vacation, but will the current state of the economy lead to an increase in work on vacation or even no vacation at all? According to...
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Lawyers get firm in trouble

June 10, 2009
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Do you remember back in school when a couple students in class would act up and the teacher would punish the entire class to make a point that type of behavior isn’t allowed? That’s pretty much what happened Friday to Bose...
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Conference a success

June 8, 2009
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From IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger: The eighth Indiana State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference at Belterra Resort went off without a hitch June 4-6. About 300 attorneys who are solo and small-firm practitioners, frequently work with them, or...
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Hamilton vs. full senate

June 4, 2009
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U.S. District Judge David Hamilton finally made it past the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this morning and now will face the entire Senate in his attempt to sit on the bench at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Of course, the...
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Happy anniversary!

June 2, 2009
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Today is the first anniversary of First Impressions. We started the blog a year ago and have had nearly 200 entries since we started, including posts on the economy, bad attorneys, and law-firm rankings. It seems our readers really like posts...
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Contacting alma maters

June 1, 2009
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A story in the current issue of Indiana Lawyer about alternative legal careers notes that law school alumni – even those who have been out of school for a few years or more – are contacting their alma mater’s career resources...
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Corruption heads southeast

May 29, 2009
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Is Delaware County becoming the new Lake County in terms of political scandals and corruption? There’s a belief (which is sometimes substantiated) that Lake County doesn’t play by the rules when it comes to politics: voting scandals, unethical mayors and elected...
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AG has trust issues

May 28, 2009
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Our attorney general isn’t very trusting of the federal government. He said so in a statement released this week. “The people of Indiana did not elect me to trust the federal government, so I will stand vigilant with our lawyers at...
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Nominee may be a first

May 26, 2009
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President Barack Obama has chosen who he thinks is the right person for the U.S. Supreme Court: 2nd District Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Baseball fans may recognize her name because she was the District judge who issued the injunction against Major League...
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Disaster plans, Part 2

May 20, 2009
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I wrote about disaster plans at law firms back in March when a fire at Indianapolis apartment building under construction led to minor damage to two nearby law firms. The attorneys I spoke to at those firms mentioned how they had...
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Pre, Pre-law school

May 18, 2009
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There’s a new magnet school in Indianapolis focusing on law and public policy. The school is starting out in fall 2009 with grades 6 through 9 and will emphasize the principles of democracy, justice, respect, and service to others. It will...
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Commencement speaker protest

May 15, 2009
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The weekend is finally here – President Barack Obama will give the commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony Sunday. Since he was announced as the speaker in March, there’s been a lot of media coverage of protests...
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What’s the word, Gov?

May 13, 2009
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Update: The Governor vetoed the act this afternoon. Word came down around 4:45 p.m. Here’s a link  to his reasons for vetoing the act. We’re glad Gov. Daniels decided to veto this bill, and his reasoning for doing so is rational...
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Diversity rankings

May 11, 2009
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The Minority Law Journal released its annual diversity scorecard for the 250 largest and highest-grossing law firms in the country and the three Indiana firms on the list ended up closer to the bottom than the top in their rankings....
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Judge vs. academic

May 6, 2009
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Who’s better suited to be the next United States Supreme Court justice – a judge with appellate experience or a law school professor or dean? Since Justice David Souter confirmed last week he will leave the nation’s highest court after the...
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Deferred careers

May 4, 2009
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National blogs and news reports have followed the deferred starts for new associates at law firms. Most of the reports seem to be coming out of larger markets and bigger firms than those in Indiana, but I’ve heard of a few...
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Name your replacement

May 1, 2009
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It’s all over the news today that U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire after this term. Like a lot of other people, when I heard the news last night that a Supreme Court justice was retiring, I...
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Last day for bills

April 29, 2009
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Today’s the last day of the 2009 session for the Indiana General Assembly. If bills don’t make it to the governor today, they’re done. There didn’t seem to be as many hot-button issues making the news and bogging down the session...
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Finals, and then what?

April 27, 2009
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It’s finals time. Exams have started at two Indiana law schools, with exams beginning next month at the others. Exams are already stressful enough. Add to that the fact that it seems more students are having trouble finding summer associate positions...
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Law school ranking shuffle

April 23, 2009
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I feel like I need an advanced degree just to understand the methodology behind the recent U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of law schools, in which one Indiana law school jumped higher in the rankings and one fell dramatically. This...
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The firm of the future

April 22, 2009
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The structure of law firms is pretty uniform across Indiana and the country. Look at one law firm in the state and compare it to a similarly sized one in Ohio or Illinois, and chances are, they are set up and...
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Surprising controversy?

April 20, 2009
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The U.S. Senate is back from break and ready to get down to business. On the Senate executive calendar for today is the nomination of Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor Dawn Johnsen. She’s been on the calendar in the...
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Support staff more vulnerable

April 17, 2009
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More job cuts were announced today from one of the largest law firms in Indiana. Baker & Daniels has cut support staff positions. This is on top of the 22 cuts it made late last year. No attorney layoffs were confirmed...
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Literally chasing ambulances

April 15, 2009
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People often joke that some attorneys are just “ambulance chasers” but this weekend, Indiana University Maurer School of Law students are going to make that stereotype a reality. Students have brought back the Ambulance Chase 5k after several years of being...
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Out-of-town seminars

April 13, 2009
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Given today’s economy, is now the time to be spending big bucks to send attorneys to seminars in other cities? I recently received a brochure about a litigation/workplace strategies seminar presented by a law firm with multiple locations in the U.S....
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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  2. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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