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Does Indiana need another law school?

March 1, 2011
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A private college based in Fort Wayne is looking into opening a law school.
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What was he thinking? Part II

February 23, 2011
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One Indiana deputy attorney general’s tweet and statements to a newspaper on protesters in Wisconsin get him fired.
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Senator taking bar, may miss vote on own bill

February 22, 2011
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The senator who proposed the controversial immigration bill in the Indiana General Assembly may miss voting on it because he’ll be sitting for the bar exam.
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Jury issues in northern Indiana

February 21, 2011
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One northern Indiana judge is upset at the amount of people ignoring jury questionnaires. Another judge is embarrassed his court had to cut a lunch stipend for jurors.
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What was he thinking?

February 17, 2011
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An Illinois attorney is indicted for trying to sneak drugs into an Indiana prison.
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Happy Valentine's Day

February 14, 2011
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The Marion County Clerk’s Office has raised more than $5,500 for American Heart Association since 2007 from its “Chapel of Love” event on Valentine’s Day. This year’s event had 35 couples who reserved a spot to say “I do.”
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Observations of immigration bill hearing

February 10, 2011
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A reporter’s observations about the Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor hearing on Senate Bill 590, an immigration bill, from the hallway outside of the Senate Chamber.
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Discussing college decision making

February 8, 2011
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A University of Houston law professor discussed why bad decisions made by colleges and universities regarding admissions and personnel matters should be studied more at an annual lecture at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
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Snowed in - good or good grief?

February 3, 2011
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The winter storm that just hit crippled parts of Indiana – did it impact your office or firm?
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COA judge blogs from Kenya

January 27, 2011
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Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Riley is in Kenya this week and has started a daily blog of her most recent trip to the Legal Aid Centre of Eldoret.

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Should justices attend State of the Union?

January 25, 2011
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The State of the Union is a political affair in which the U.S. Supreme Court justices sit there without reaction while members of the political parties react to the president’s comments. Is their presence needed?
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Rehab for lawyers

January 20, 2011
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It’s no secret legal professionals suffer higher addiction rates than the general population. Now, lawyers have an option to receive treatment in a program created just for them.
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Odd Indiana laws

January 17, 2011
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Indiana has passed some strange laws throughout the years. What’s the oddest one you’ve come across?
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$25,000 donated to LRAP

January 10, 2011
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At its annual dinner in mid-October, a challenge was extended to Indiana Bar Foundation representatives to give to the Richard M. Givan Loan Replayment Assistance Program.
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Report offers insight on law students' thoughts on school

January 6, 2011
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An annual report put out by Indiana University on law school student engagement shows many students don’t feel prepared to practice law.
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Mergers down, but maybe not for long

January 5, 2011
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Care to take a guess as to how many mergers Indiana firms will see in 2011?

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Chief justice encourages end to judicial vacancies

January 3, 2011
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It’s a recurring problem and one the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court would like to see end as quickly as possible: numerous judicial vacancies.
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Lawyers, paralegals to be in demand in 2011

December 27, 2010
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Research shows that two occupations at midsize law firms may be some of the more promising positions next year.
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Bar associations team up for 'Santa' program

December 17, 2010
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The Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section partnered with the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association to sponsor their first program together, “Santa’s Been Sued.” The educational program, which includes gifts for 15 underprivileged children in northwestern Indiana, will take place starting at 4:30 p.m. local time today in Lake Superior Court.
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Lawyers - now in 3D

December 13, 2010
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One attorney hopes people will ask “Who’s going to handle my Social Security Disability claim?” and remember the law firm with the 3D advertisement.
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Today marks anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2010
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To celebrate the anniversary of the United Nation’s proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948, organizations around the world have celebrated the words in that document on or near Dec. 10.
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Billing rates see small increase

December 8, 2010
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Only one Indianapolis-based firm reports its 2010 billing rates in a recent nationwide survey.
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Personalized drawing caters to attorneys

December 3, 2010
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Don’t know what to get that lawyer in your life for the holidays? How about a cheesy personalized cartoon?
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Director discusses re-entry program's success

December 2, 2010
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As part of a World AIDS Day commemoration in Indianapolis, the program director for a re-entry program, Thresholds & Transitions, discussed how that program has helped offenders find a sense of self-worth.
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Judges on career list with no future

November 30, 2010
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 A recent analysis of government statistics leads one group to claim your goal of becoming a judge is going to become even more difficult in the next few years.
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  1. He TIL team,please zap this comment too since it was merely marking a scammer and not reflecting on the story. Thanks, happy Monday, keep up the fine work.

  2. You just need my social security number sent to your Gmail account to process then loan, right? Beware scammers indeed.

  3. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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