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The firm of the future

April 22, 2009
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The structure of law firms is pretty uniform across Indiana and the country. Look at one law firm in the state and compare it to a similarly sized one in Ohio or Illinois, and chances are, they are set up and...
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Surprising controversy?

April 20, 2009
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The U.S. Senate is back from break and ready to get down to business. On the Senate executive calendar for today is the nomination of Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor Dawn Johnsen. She’s been on the calendar in the...
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Support staff more vulnerable

April 17, 2009
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More job cuts were announced today from one of the largest law firms in Indiana. Baker & Daniels has cut support staff positions. This is on top of the 22 cuts it made late last year. No attorney layoffs were confirmed...
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Literally chasing ambulances

April 15, 2009
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People often joke that some attorneys are just “ambulance chasers” but this weekend, Indiana University Maurer School of Law students are going to make that stereotype a reality. Students have brought back the Ambulance Chase 5k after several years of being...
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Out-of-town seminars

April 13, 2009
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Given today’s economy, is now the time to be spending big bucks to send attorneys to seminars in other cities? I recently received a brochure about a litigation/workplace strategies seminar presented by a law firm with multiple locations in the U.S....
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ABA offers help to lawyers

April 8, 2009
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Lawyers, are you down on your luck, looking for somewhere to turn in this tough economy? Look no further than the American Bar Association, which has launched a new online resource for attorneys struggling to cope with the recession. Its new...
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Firm heads south

April 6, 2009
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What’s Barnes & Thornburg’s secret? In today’s economy when firms are letting go staff and attorneys, and some around the country are even dissolving, Barnes & Thornburg expands into a new market. The firm announced today that it opened a new...
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Iowa’s surprising decision

April 3, 2009
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I’ll admit it, I’m surprised the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled civil marriage isn’t only for a man and woman. Iowa is in the Midwest and many people in this part of the country have deep-seated, often religious influences on their...
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Client files trashed

April 1, 2009
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In the course of their job, lawyers find out some pretty personal stuff about their clients. Information that I’m sure the clients want to remain confidential and protected. Imagine my surprise when I read a news article today about an attorney...
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Law firm first

March 30, 2009
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An Indiana law firm has said it let some employees go because of the economy. Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis sent out a press release last week saying 10 attorneys, two paralegals, and 13 support staff had been let...
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Required law school

March 27, 2009
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I know I’m a little late on this one, but has anyone else seen The Onion article, “Year of law school now mandatory for nation’s 25-year-olds?” The article  ran in the satirical paper March 11, but I remember seeing it recently...
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Cat paws & baby formula

March 25, 2009
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From IL reporter Michael Hoskins : Every so often, court rulings offer hidden treasurers that tickle the mind with intrigue rather than simple legalese and legal theory. Take Wednesday's two examples from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Neither appeal...
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Twitter in the courtroom

March 23, 2009
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Can Twitter cause a mistrial or possibly taint a trial? Yes it can, if you’ve read any recent news stories about jurors using the social networking tool to “tweet” about their experience on the jury. Some guy in Arkansas sent messages...
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March distractions

March 19, 2009
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Today kicks off the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball tournament, much to the joy and excitement of many (including myself). Instead of having to take time off work to keep up with your favorite teams or scores, many people can just...
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Judicial ethical code

March 18, 2009
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The Judicial Conference of the United States adopted a revised Code of Conduct yesterday, with one revision focusing on judicial impropriety and the appearance of impropriety. The revised code expands a little on when the appearance of impropriety occurs, but the...
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Irish justice visits Indy

March 16, 2009
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From IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger : While it’s one thing to hear from a law school that it is internationally recognized, it’s a little different to hear that from the Chief Justice of Ireland . “I was glad...
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Disaster plans at firms

March 12, 2009
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A fire in downtown Indianapolis has made two firms thankful they have disaster plans already in place. I spoke with John Trimble at LewisWagner and Peter Pogue at Schultz and Pogue this morning about the fire, and both reiterated the...
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Generation Y and job loss

March 11, 2009
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Is the Generation Y/ “highly praised” generation taking job loss worse than other attorneys or even others their same age in different professions? You definitely have to have a certain type of personality and work ethic to become an attorney: hard...
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No coffee = firm trouble?

March 9, 2009
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If you came to work one morning to find out that your company no long provided free coffee because it wanted to save money, would you be angry, worried, or indifferent? One Chicago firm has reportedly  cut free coffee...
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Prosecutor misconduct cases

March 6, 2009
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For those current and aspiring prosecuting attorneys out there, read two of today’s Court of Appeals opinions to learn what not to do while at trial. The appellate court dealt with two cases of prosecutorial misconduct but found both were harmless...
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Update on lawyers leaving law

March 4, 2009
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I wrote a post a few weeks back that said 75 percent of respondents to our online poll at that time said they had considered leaving the practice. After two more days of voting, the number went down to 65 percent....
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Racing star\'s trial begins

March 2, 2009
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Helio, what were you thinking? You are a high-profile guy thanks to your wins at the Indianapolis 500 and disco ball trophy from “Dancing with the Stars.” Did you think you and your attorney’s attempts at tax evasion wouldn’t get caught,...
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Tuning out layoff news?

February 27, 2009
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If you read any publication geared toward the legal community, you’ve undoubtedly encountered numerous news stories about law firm layoffs. It’s a topic we’ve covered both in IL and here in the blog and one that should be talked about. The...
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Study results no surprise

February 25, 2009
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The National Association for Law Placement has issued a report that confirms what most law students already know: student recruiting slowed last year as a result of the economy. I won’t go over all the details of the report here; you...
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2009 bills update

February 23, 2009
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This is do-or-die week for some bills in the legislature. The third reading deadline is Wednesday and those that don’t make it out in their current form will die. A few will be folded into other bills in an attempt to...
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  1. He called our nation a nation of cowards because we didn't want to talk about race. That was a cheap shot coming from the top cop. The man who decides who gets the federal government indicts. Wow. Not a gentleman if that is the measure. More importantly, this insult delivered as we all understand, to white people-- without him or anybody needing to explain that is precisely what he meant-- but this is an insult to timid white persons who fear the government and don't want to say anything about race for fear of being accused a racist. With all the legal heat that can come down on somebody if they say something which can be construed by a prosecutor like Mr Holder as racist, is it any wonder white people-- that's who he meant obviously-- is there any surprise that white people don't want to talk about race? And as lawyers we have even less freedom lest our remarks be considered violations of the rules. Mr Holder also demonstrated his bias by publically visiting with the family of the young man who was killed by a police offering in the line of duty, which was a very strong indicator of bias agains the offer who is under investigation, and was a failure to lead properly by letting his investigators do their job without him predetermining the proper outcome. He also has potentially biased the jury pool. All in all this worsens race relations by feeding into the perception shared by whites as well as blacks that justice will not be impartial. I will say this much, I do not blame Obama for all of HOlder's missteps. Obama has done a lot of things to stay above the fray and try and be a leader for all Americans. Maybe he should have reigned Holder in some but Obama's got his hands full with other problelms. Oh did I mention HOlder is a bank crony who will probably get a job in a silkstocking law firm working for millions of bucks a year defending bankers whom he didn't have the integrity or courage to hold to account for their acts of fraud on the United States, other financial institutions, and the people. His tenure will be regarded by history as a failure of leadership at one of the most important jobs in our nation. Finally and most importantly besides him insulting the public and letting off the big financial cheats, he has been at the forefront of over-prosecuting the secrecy laws to punish whistleblowers and chill free speech. What has Holder done to vindicate the rights of privacy of the American public against the illegal snooping of the NSA? He could have charged NSA personnel with violations of law for their warrantless wiretapping which has been done millions of times and instead he did not persecute a single soul. That is a defalcation of historical proportions and it signals to the public that the government DOJ under him was not willing to do a damn thing to protect the public against the rapid growth of the illegal surveillance state. Who else could have done this? Nobody. And for that omission Obama deserves the blame too. Here were are sliding into a police state and Eric Holder made it go all the faster.

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  5. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

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