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'The Puppet's Court'

January 20, 2012
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No cameras in court? No problem! One news station has decided to cover a federal corruption trial using puppets.
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Class basketball supporters can relax, for now

January 19, 2012
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The Indiana state senator who called for an end to class basketball has called a time out on his legislation.
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Study tackles transparency of law schools

January 18, 2012
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A Tennessee nonprofit is calling out law schools for their lack of accessible information on recent graduates.
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The short session begins

January 4, 2012
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Indiana’s General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday with legislators looking to tackle human trafficking before the Super Bowl comes to town and address right-to-work legislation.
And as with every session, there are those bills that leave me wondering if our legislators don’t have better things to worry about.
 
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Dog soothes stressed law students

December 21, 2011
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Therapy dogs aren’t just for sick patients or scared kids.
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Celebrate your rights

December 15, 2011
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Dec. 15 is Bill of Rights Day. Which of the first 10 amendments is the most important?
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Ad capitalizes on holiday drinking

December 12, 2011
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Add an Indianapolis attorney to the list of lawyers creatively marketing their services to those who drink too much this time of year.
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Budget cuts affecting courts

December 1, 2011
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The state of the economy is impacting our access to justice, according to the National Center for State Courts.
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Lawyer cashes in on Cyber Monday frenzy

November 29, 2011
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How’s this for a Cyber Monday promotion: one attorney offered DUI defense for just $99.
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Commission irons out details in half-day meeting

November 18, 2011
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The Legislature’s Criminal Code Evaluation Commission met Thursday. If you missed the three-and-a-half hour meeting, read on to find out what happened.
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Judge is a fan of Johnny Carson

November 16, 2011
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I am about to show my age: I had to do a Google search to find out who Carnac is.
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Wellness while you work

November 9, 2011
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What’s the best way to fit working out into your workday? Work out while you work.
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Is law school still attractive?

November 1, 2011
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Practicing attorneys: if someone asked you whether he or she should go to law school, what would you say?
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Putting divorce on pause

October 28, 2011
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A recent op-ed piece in a newspaper suggests people with small children should have to wait a year to get divorced.
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Take time to help others

October 27, 2011
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Did you know it’s National Pro Bono Week? I didn’t, until I randomly came across the information.
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Using social media to boost business

October 25, 2011
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Do you see any benefits for your practice in using Twitter, Facebook or other social media outlets?
 
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Learning about law schools

October 14, 2011
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Indiana University’s “Law Day” will be the largest law fair in the country.
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Save money, don't prosecute domestic violence cases

October 10, 2011
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One city is considering repealing a part of its city code that bans domestic battery because it doesn’t have the resources to prosecute those cases.
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Minorities and Indiana firms

October 3, 2011
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A diversity database recently released shows some progress for women and minorities at Indianapolis’ largest firms.
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Is law school a waste of time?

September 28, 2011
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One columnist claims that a law degree really isn’t useful.
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Indiana (almost) has newest crop of lawyers

September 23, 2011
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More than 400 people passed the July 2011 bar exam, including an Indiana legislator.
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Pressure for law school to cook the books?

September 21, 2011
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Law schools are trying to stand out and make themselves attractive to students (and U.S. News and World Report), but at least one school may have gone too far.
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Law is all about the rankings

September 16, 2011
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Another group throws its hat into the ring of law-related rankings with a “best” summer associate program list. Because law students don’t have enough lists of rankings to obsess about.
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Want a job? Go rural

September 8, 2011
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Living and working in a city has its advantages, but you may have better luck finding a job in rural America.
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Bidding for public defense work

September 1, 2011
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One state is considering having attorneys submit bids to provide certain legal services to the poor for a fixed fee.
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  5. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

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