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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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Planning for the unexpected

August 30, 2010
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Does your firm’s disaster plan include what to do regarding random acts of violence?
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Counseling programs for homebuyers discussed at event

August 25, 2010
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The CEO and president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago discussed foreclosures and the housing market, comparing counseling programs in Indianapolis and Chicago that help people buying homes avoid making bad choices, as part of a breakfast on Tuesday.
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19th Amendment turns 90

August 23, 2010
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This week and last week mark significant anniversaries when it comes to women winning the right to vote in the United States after fighting for that right for decades. An exhibit about the women’s suffrage movement and an event featuring historic interpreters are two ways to commemorate the occasion.
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Creative advertising

August 19, 2010
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If you find yourself in need of a DUI attorney, look at the pint glass you're holding.
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Defense lawyers aren't responsible?

August 16, 2010
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An insurance company’s video about two defense attorneys raises some questions.
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Unique situation for Gov. Daniels

August 12, 2010
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Gov. Mitch Daniels will get to do what only one other governor has done with regards to Indiana’s appellate courts.

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Counterfeit at the fair?

August 11, 2010
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Rides, food, and fake handbags at the Indiana State Fair.
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Pressure on the governor

August 9, 2010
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Could the female finalist for justice have an edge because of her gender?

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Firm, IBA support pro bono mediation day

August 3, 2010
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Today’s mediation day at law firm offers a different type of pro bono project.

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Finalists all have IU-Indy law degrees

August 2, 2010
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Justices with law degrees from Indiana University will be the majority on the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Interviews over, now wait begins

July 30, 2010
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Commission members are now deliberating. A decision could come any time.

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The interviews continue

July 30, 2010
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Reporter Michael Hoskins breaks down the next three interviews for Indiana Supreme Court justice.
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Justice interviews begin

July 30, 2010
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Interview highlights from the first three semi-finalists for Indiana Supreme Court justice.
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Blogging the interviews

July 29, 2010
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We’ll be blogging about the justice interviews Friday throughout the day.

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  1. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  2. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

  3. Been on social security sense sept 2011 2massive strokes open heart surgery and serious ovarian cancer and a blood clot in my lung all in 14 months. Got a letter in may saying that i didn't qualify and it was in form like i just applied ,called social security she said it don't make sense and you are still geting a check in june and i did ,now i get a check from my part D asking for payment for july because there will be no money for my membership, call my prescription coverage part D and confirmed no check will be there.went to social security they didn't want to answer whats going on just said i should of never been on it .no one knows where this letter came from was California im in virginia and been here sense my strokes and vcu filed for my disability i was in the hospital when they did it .It's like it was a error . My ,mothers social security was being handled in that office in California my sister was dealing with it and it had my social security number because she died last year and this letter came out of the same office and it came at the same time i got the letter for my mother benefits for death and they had the same date of being typed just one was on the mail Saturday and one on Monday. . I think it's a mistake and it should been fixed instead there just getting rid of me .i never got a formal letter saying when i was being tsken off.

  4. Employers should not have racially discriminating mind set. It has huge impact on the society what the big players do or don't do in the industry. Background check is conducted just to verify whether information provided by the prospective employee is correct or not. It doesn't have any direct combination with the rejection of the employees. If there is rejection, there should be something effective and full-proof things on the table that may keep the company or the people associated with it in jeopardy.

  5. Unlike the federal judge who refused to protect me, the Virginia State Bar gave me a hearing. After the hearing, the Virginia State Bar refused to discipline me. VSB said that attacking me with the court ADA coordinator had, " all the grace and charm of a drive-by shooting." One does wonder why the VSB was able to have a hearing and come to that conclusion, but the federal judge in Indiana slammed the door of the courthouse in my face.

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