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A higher power involved in bar passage

October 10, 2013
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Many law students likely pray that they pass the bar exam, but one attorney took it to another level after failing the test.
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Legal news on the go

October 9, 2013
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You may have noticed that this blog has been dormant for about three months. I’ve been away on maternity leave, but thanks to our Indiana Lawyer app, I was able to keep up on the latest legal news.
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Public sees lawyers as contributing little to society, Pew survey says

July 22, 2013
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Once again, attorneys find their occupation at the bottom of a list compiled by the Pew Research Center regarding contributing to society’s well-being.
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IU Maurer team takes second in SCOTUSblog competition

July 2, 2013
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Once the final cases for this term were decided by the Supreme Court of the United States, a team of recent Indiana University Maurer School of Law grads learned they came in second in a national competition predicting how the justices would rule.
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2 Indiana law school teams tops in SCOTUS challenge

June 21, 2013
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These teams know their justices. An online competition among teams across the country has two teams from Indiana law schools in the Top 5.
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Appellate case search gets new look

June 19, 2013
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If you like the changes made to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys search function, you’ll appreciate the upgrades made to the appellate case search tool.
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Ice Miller sees big gain in attorneys employed

June 11, 2013
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The National Law Journal has released its list of the 350 largest U.S. law firms in 2012 and Indianapolis-based Ice Miller LLP tops one area – gains by percentage of lawyers.
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Indiana has more lawyers than legal work

June 5, 2013
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If you were a new law school grad in recent years this may not be news to you, but Indiana has more potential lawyers than legal work available, based on research by a blog.
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Chances are, your mom wanted you to marry a lawyer

May 30, 2013
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Are you married to an attorney? If not, your mom may be a little disappointed.
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Allen County Court uses technology to reach jurors

May 29, 2013
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Quick Response Codes, or QR Codes, allow smartphone users to research products, get coupons and visit websites by scanning a little black and white box-shaped barcode.  Allen Superior Court is now using this technology to reach out to jurors.
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Indiana ranks 7th in claims for dog bites

May 16, 2013
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Based on the number of claims for dog bites in 2012 reported by one insurance company, Indiana dogs have a propensity to bite. State Farm’s top 10 states for dog bite claims has the Hoosier State ranking 7th.
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Americans trust TV judges more than real ones

May 9, 2013
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Based on numbers released by Reader’s Digest Tuesday, Americans polled by the company have more faith and trust in Judge Judy that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Legal blog launches its own law firm rankings

May 1, 2013
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Move over U.S. News & World Report, there’s a new law school ranking list in town. This one is brought to you by the popular legal blog, Above the Law.
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Paying attorneys to move to rural areas

April 17, 2013
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The American Bar Association called on federal, state and local governments to do something about the decline in the number of lawyers practicing in rural areas. South Dakota has decided to pay attorneys to relocate to its state’s rural areas.
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Is having an office unnecessary?

April 12, 2013
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An interesting debate has popped up online recently as to whether attorneys still need brick-and-mortar offices.
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Associates top unhappiest jobs list

April 2, 2013
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How unhappy are you, associate attorneys? According to one recent survey, you are the least happy group of employees in your current positions.
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2012 law school grads finding more full-time jobs – barely

April 1, 2013
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The American Bar Association recently released its employment figures on the class of 2012, and the numbers are looking up in some categories. The bad news is more recent grads are unemployed.
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Illinois bar calls current legal education system ‘unsustainable’

March 13, 2013
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The Illinois State Bar Association created a special committee to look at how law school debt is impacting the delivery of legal services. The committee’s report was recently released and its findings are unsurprising: debt from law school is a “crushing burden on new lawyers.”
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ABA: Judges, do you really need to post that vacation photo?

March 1, 2013
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The American Bar Association doesn’t want to stop judges from using social media, but it wants them to think before “friending” someone online or “liking” someone’s Facebook status.
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You and social media

February 13, 2013
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How much time do you spend on social media promoting yourself professionally or your company?
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Indiana Roll of Attorneys site gets makeover

February 1, 2013
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The Indiana Roll of Attorneys website has moved into the 21st century and I like it.
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Finding that work/life balance

January 22, 2013
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In a recent unscientific poll conducted on our website, more than half of respondents said their top legal-related New Year’s resolution is to have a better work/life balance.
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Overweight women more likely to be found guilty by skinny men, study says

January 16, 2013
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If you are fat and a woman, hope that you don’t find yourself facing a jury filled with thin males. A recent study by the Department of Psychology at Yale University found that thin males were more likely to find a woman guilty if she was obese than if she was thin.
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Studying law online

January 3, 2013
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Schools across the country are offering more law-related classes online, and they aren’t just for enrolled students.
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Competition calls out poor, rambling writing

December 19, 2012
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Know someone who could use a crash course in cutting to the chase? Ever read a legal document and thought that paragraphs of text could be reduced? Then perhaps you should nominate examples of unclear and bad language that could cause harm.
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

  4. For some strange reason this story, like many on this ezine that question the powerful, seems to have been released in two formats. Prior format here: http://www.theindianalawyer.com/nominees-selected-for-us-attorney-in-indiana/PARAMS/article/44263 That observed, I must note that it is quite refreshing that denizens of the great unwashed (like me) can be allowed to openly question powerful elitists at ICE MILLER who are on the public dole like Selby. Kudos to those at this ezine who understand that they cannot be mere lapdogs to the powerful and corrupt, lest freedom bleed out. If you wonder why the Senator resisted Selby, consider reading the comments here for a theory: http://www.theindianalawyer.com/nominees-selected-for-us-attorney-in-indiana/PARAMS/article/44263

  5. Why is it a crisis that people want to protect their rights themselves? The courts have a huge bias against people appearing on their own behalf and these judges and lawyers will face their maker one day and answer for their actions.

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