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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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First round interviews begin

September 27, 2010
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The first three applicants explain why they would like to be the next Indiana Tax Court judge.
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Blogging the Tax Court interviews

September 24, 2010
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Michael Hoskins will be at it again: blogging from the Indiana Tax Court interviews Monday.
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Poll shows what Americans think of U.S. Supreme Court

September 23, 2010
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Americans approve of the nation’s highest court, but many don’t know much about its confirmation process.
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Discipline inconsistencies

September 21, 2010
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Is Indiana too lenient on substance-abusing attorneys?
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Students, judges, lawyers, and reporters participate in Constitution Day

September 20, 2010
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If you were asked to find in the U.S. and Indiana constitutions where our rights are specifically outlined, such as freedom of religion, right to keep and bear arms, right to vote, freedom of speech, right to a trial by jury, and education, could you do it? Find out in today’s blog about the recent Constitution Day event at the Statehouse.
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A boys' club?

September 17, 2010
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Indiana still remains one of two states – the other being Idaho – that has no women justices. None.
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Judge's focus 'odd,' 'inappropriate' for Circuit's taste

September 14, 2010
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Sometimes a case makes the news not because of the merits, but for some other reason. Such a case came from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. Writing for the panel, Judge Diane P. Wood noted there was “little out of the ordinary” in Jose Figueroa’s trial and conviction.
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Survey: Law schools receive negative letters

September 13, 2010
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A recent survey found a majority of law school and medical school admissions offices had received negative recommendation letters. Why would someone ask for a letter that might not be positive – and why would someone agree, only to write a negative letter?
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'The most litigious man in history'

September 10, 2010
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You might hear the name Gordon Gekko and think of the movie “Wall Street” and the character played by Michael Douglas. But that name has special meaning for Indiana’s federal courts, where a prisoner pro se litigant uses that as one of his many aliases to file lawsuit after lawsuit.
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Call sheds light on civics staff cuts

September 8, 2010
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During a conference call with teachers, Indiana Bar Foundation staff members explained the need to restructure the program, and answered questions.
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More legal jobs, barely

September 7, 2010
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Legal jobs saw a modest increase in employment for August.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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