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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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Children file ridiculous lawsuit against mother

August 31, 2011
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Maybe you’d like to sue your parents for dressing you horribly as a child or not letting you get your nose pierced when you were a teen, but you’d never really file a lawsuit – unless you’re these two kids from Illinois.
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Donations buying favorable rulings?

August 22, 2011
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A flyer for a Marion County judge’s re-election campaign could be interpreted as donors being able to buy “favorable rulings.”
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Report says sentencing reforms can save cash, lower crime rates

August 10, 2011
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A new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union touts changes that “tough on crime” states have made to reduce incarceration rates, save money, and lower crime rates. It also mentions Indiana’s efforts in sentencing reform.
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Put the camera away in hospitals

August 5, 2011
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Some hospitals are keeping the camcorders out the delivery room. Is it for patient safety or hopes of avoiding lawsuits?
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Services go online

August 4, 2011
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The new Clerk of the Courts portal is up and running and registration has gone 21st century. What are your thoughts about paying fees and managing trust accounts online?
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Illinois attorney to visit Indiana prison for 16 months

August 3, 2011
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The attorney from Illinois that tried to sneak drugs into the federal prison in Terre Haute now gets to spend some time in prison thanks to his lapse in judgment.
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ABA asking for more employment info from law schools

July 28, 2011
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The American Bar Association’s 2011 annual questionnaire to ABA-approved law schools will require more information from the schools on employment and placement of graduates.
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Iowa considers less transparency in discipline process

July 26, 2011
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Iowa’s Supreme Court will consider a proposal that would allow confidentiality in disciplinary proceedings in exchange for lawyers agreeing to have their licenses suspended.
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ABA urges firms to form disaster plans

July 21, 2011
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At its annual meeting in August, the American Bar Association will emphasize the importance of law firm disaster plans.
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Top-paid general counsel

July 20, 2011
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Two corporate counsel with Indiana-based companies are among the best-paid general counsel in the country.
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Legal writing pet peeves

July 15, 2011
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What phrase or aspect of legal writing do you cringe at when you read? Do you wish you could eradicate a certain saying from legal briefs?
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Televising local trials

July 13, 2011
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Broadcasting trials online and on TV would benefit the public, but it does have its negatives as shown by the recent Casey Anthony trial.
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Recent law school grads make less money

July 11, 2011
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Here’s something new attorneys aren’t going to want to hear – 2010 grads are earning less than their 2009 counterparts.
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Most states (including Indiana) have too many lawyers

July 5, 2011
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A recent study has found that only Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C., could use a few more lawyers. Why then does an Indiana college think that our state is underserved and needs a new law school?
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DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel finally gets leader

June 29, 2011
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More than a year after an Indiana law professor withdrew her nomination as head of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, the U.S. Senate has finally confirmed a leader.
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Businesses (sort of) cut attorneys out of doc preparation

June 28, 2011
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An Indiana-based company has created two new franchises for those who want legal work done without having to hire an attorney.
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Obstruction charges through Facebook posts

June 23, 2011
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The online friends who tipped off a man holed up in a hotel to the police’s actions could face obstruction charges. How did they know he was involved in a standoff? He wrote about it on his Facebook page.
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SOS's mom to sue for emotional distress

June 17, 2011
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Who knew there could be so much drama surrounding the Indiana secretary of state? Charlie White’s mom is planning on filing a lawsuit, stemming from her treatment during her son’s grand jury proceedings.
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Firms have room to grow in having women in top roles

June 15, 2011
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A certification process by a group supporting women in the law found that only 10 percent of firms met its criteria for women in leadership roles and their compensation levels.
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Glass staircases causes problems in Ohio courthouse

June 12, 2011
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Forget the glass ceiling, now women in one Ohio county have to worry about a glass staircase.
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Attorney pledges $25,000 to find missing IU student

June 10, 2011
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Not only does the attorney hope to find the missing student, but he wants the city of Bloomington to install more cameras at traffic intersections.
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Santa Claus' letters are safe, for now

June 9, 2011
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An interesting footnote in an Indiana Court of Appeals opinion on a counterfeit case makes reference to letters from Santa Claus.
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  1. I like the concept. Seems like a good idea and really inexpensive to manage.

  2. I don't agree that this is an extreme case. There are more of these people than you realize - people that are vindictive and/or with psychological issues have clogged the system with baseless suits that are costly to the defendant and to taxpayers. Restricting repeat offenders from further abusing the system is not akin to restricting their freedon, but to protecting their victims, and the court system, from allowing them unfettered access. From the Supreme Court opinion "he has burdened the opposing party and the courts of this state at every level with massive, confusing, disorganized, defective, repetitive, and often meritless filings."

  3. So, if you cry wolf one too many times courts may "restrict" your ability to pursue legal action? Also, why is document production equated with wealth? Anyone can "produce probably tens of thousands of pages of filings" if they have a public library card. I understand this is an extreme case, but our Supreme Court really got this one wrong.

  4. 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.

  5. JOE CLAYPOOL candidate for Superior Court in Harrison County - Indiana This candidate is misleading voters to think he is a Judge by putting Elect Judge Joe Claypool on his campaign literature. paragraphs 2 and 9 below clearly indicate this injustice to voting public to gain employment. What can we do? Indiana Code - Section 35-43-5-3: Deception (a) A person who: (1) being an officer, manager, or other person participating in the direction of a credit institution, knowingly or intentionally receives or permits the receipt of a deposit or other investment, knowing that the institution is insolvent; (2) knowingly or intentionally makes a false or misleading written statement with intent to obtain property, employment, or an educational opportunity; (3) misapplies entrusted property, property of a governmental entity, or property of a credit institution in a manner that the person knows is unlawful or that the person knows involves substantial risk of loss or detriment to either the owner of the property or to a person for whose benefit the property was entrusted; (4) knowingly or intentionally, in the regular course of business, either: (A) uses or possesses for use a false weight or measure or other device for falsely determining or recording the quality or quantity of any commodity; or (B) sells, offers, or displays for sale or delivers less than the represented quality or quantity of any commodity; (5) with intent to defraud another person furnishing electricity, gas, water, telecommunication, or any other utility service, avoids a lawful charge for that service by scheme or device or by tampering with facilities or equipment of the person furnishing the service; (6) with intent to defraud, misrepresents the identity of the person or another person or the identity or quality of property; (7) with intent to defraud an owner of a coin machine, deposits a slug in that machine; (8) with intent to enable the person or another person to deposit a slug in a coin machine, makes, possesses, or disposes of a slug; (9) disseminates to the public an advertisement that the person knows is false, misleading, or deceptive, with intent to promote the purchase or sale of property or the acceptance of employment;

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