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Judge reflects on new position on 1-year anniversary of confirmation

November 24, 2010
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David F. Hamilton took a few minutes to reflect on the past year since his confirmation to the federal appellate court.
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Lawyers letting go of expensive leases

November 19, 2010
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Attorneys want out of their expensive car leases based on data from one auto-lease website.
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Breaking up the court opinion monotony

November 16, 2010
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Legal opinions are usually boring, and as someone who has to frequently read them, I’m happy whenever there’s something a little out of the ordinary included.
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Here kitty, kitty - law students support animal rights

November 11, 2010
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To encourage interest for a newly formed animal law organization at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, members organized a visit to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point.
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Learning while driving

November 8, 2010
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After countless drives along an Indiana road, I finally learned it’s named after a longtime southern Indiana attorney.
 
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Next COA chief judge will get to be chief

November 3, 2010
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It’s a good thing the general public retained Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Margret Robb or else the appellate court would have had to hold another election for its next chief judge.
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Judge's acknowledgement is refreshing

November 2, 2010
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Here’s something you don’t see every day: a public official acknowledging a mistake and even alerting the news media about the mess up.
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Guardians of freedom

November 1, 2010
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Why not use the oft-misquoted Shakespeare line as a means to explain how vital the profession is for protecting our freedoms?
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IP issues for cult campy horror movie

October 29, 2010
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October, particularly Halloween weekend, seems to be the one weekend where it’s OK to dress up as a character or object or whatever and, for some, not just to “dream it” but to “be it.” Or at least dress like you want to “be it.” And if you get that reference, you’re probably a fan of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

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Lighter side of nominating commission

October 27, 2010
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Though they were tending to an important job of choosing three finalists to possibly become the next Indiana Tax Court judge, the members of the Judicial Nominating Commission made sure to have some fun and some laughs during the interviews on Wednesday.
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Tax Court interviews conclude; deliberations begin

October 27, 2010
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The Judicial Nominating Commission wrapped up interviews just after noon, and the seven members are now deliberating on whom they will select as finalists for the Indiana Tax Court opening. The three names will be submitted to Gov. Mitch Daniels, who makes the final appointment.
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Indiana Tax Court interviews under way

October 27, 2010
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The Judicial Nominating Commission is interviewing seven semi-finalists this morning for the Indiana Tax Court opening.
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Second continuance for Brizzi

October 26, 2010
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Marion County prosecutor's disciplinary hearing postponed again.
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Ad deja vu

October 25, 2010
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Consider 2010 an echo of the general election season back in 2008, when two attorneys were vying for the Indiana Attorney General post.
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North Carolina candidate wants me to elect him to its high court

October 19, 2010
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A junk e-mail from a North Carolina justice candidate reinforces my support for Indiana’s way of filling the appellate benches.
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Dinner recognizes challenges of economy, praises efforts of community

October 18, 2010
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Pro bono dinner on Friday featured discussion about low IOLTA funds, a new LRAP matching fund program of the IBF, and award winners - including an attorney who gave nearly 400 hours to help 144 clients in northeast Indiana in his first year of retirement.
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Rule changes miss important update

October 15, 2010
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Lawyer advertising rules have been updated, but they don’t address an important issue for attorneys.

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Access to DNA evidence

October 11, 2010
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Shouldn’t courts and the state want to be absolutely certain the person sitting on death row actually committed the crime?
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Lawyer Assistance Programs reach out to law schools

October 6, 2010
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National conference of Lawyer Assistance Programs in Indianapolis includes panel discussion on efforts in law schools to address issues that could cause concern after the student graduates and faces bar admission.
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Students learn about elections in time for today's registration deadline

October 4, 2010
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Earlier today, the last day to register to vote in Indiana, Marion County Clerk Beth White spoke to students in an Indianapolis classroom about how they can get involved with the elections process. Students who will be 18 by Nov. 2 were also given the chance to register. This fall, she has visited about a dozen schools.
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Mississippi considers mandatory pro bono or fee - should Indiana follow?

October 1, 2010
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Attorneys in Mississippi have until today to respond to a proposed rule change that would require them to either give 20 hours of pro bono service or pay a $500 fee. Indiana has never suggested mandatory pro bono. Other states require reporting, but not pro bono service. Is it a good idea to mandate pro bono, or should an attorney only volunteer to do it if his heart is in the right place?
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The final 2 interviews

September 27, 2010
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The last two applicants for Indiana Tax Court are interviewed.
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Tax Court interviews continue

September 27, 2010
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The interviews for Indiana Tax Court judge discuss pro se litigant issues, isolation of being a judge, and being a "tax nerd."
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Morning interviews wrap up

September 27, 2010
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Tax Court hopefuls explain how their backgrounds would be helpful if they were judge.
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The interviews continue

September 27, 2010
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Michael Hoskins reports on the next three applicants for Indiana Tax Court.
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  1. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  2. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ...

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