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How to be a federal judge

June 2, 2011
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Several legal organizations have gotten together to produce a pamphlet for law students and new lawyers telling them what to expect if they want to be a federal judge.
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Video games causing more divorces?

June 1, 2011
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A website called “Divorce Online” claims more women are filing for divorce because their husbands are devoting more time to video games than their marriages.
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Local documentary nominated for Emmy

May 31, 2011
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The documentary made about a terrorist simulation held at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in October 2009 was made by local students and WFYI Productions.
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Study for the bar exam by playing a game

May 25, 2011
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Forget boring books to prepare for the bar exam. Play a board game and become a lawyer!
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Rally planned in response to Barnes ruling

May 24, 2011
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A Facebook group is calling for people to go to the Statehouse Wednesday at noon and “stand up” for their Fourth Amendment rights following a recent Indiana Supreme Court decision. If you’re going, let us know.
 
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Number of female judges in Indiana remains stagnant

May 17, 2011
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A national ranking of the number of female judges shows just a fifth of Hoosier judges are women.
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Does Indiana have enough lawyers?

May 16, 2011
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A study by a northeast Indiana school hoping to open a new law school says that Indiana is underserved in terms of the number of lawyers compared to our population.
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Cancer and child custody

May 12, 2011
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A North Carolina woman lost her custody battle in part because she has breast cancer.
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College student preparing for legal career

May 11, 2011
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An Indiana student utilizes small claims court to take on companies.
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Attorney leads Facebook page to remove Trump as Indy 500 pace car driver

May 5, 2011
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Could an Indianapolis attorney’s Facebook page seeking to “bump” Donald Trump as the pace car driver in the Indianapolis 500 have led to Trump’s decision to step down as driver?
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Senator doesn't pass the bar

May 3, 2011
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The list of successful bar exam applicants was released this week and it was missing a recognizable name.
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Electronic case filing

May 2, 2011
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals now requires all documents to be filed and served electronically.
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Organs from death row

April 25, 2011
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Should a willing death row inmate be allowed to donate his or her organs after execution?
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Greening the law

April 22, 2011
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Today is Earth Day. How environmentally friendly is your office?
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Student questions diversity at law school

April 19, 2011
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An IU-Indy law student says banners featuring African-American males in the school’s atrium make students feel unwelcome.
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Rating judges online

April 15, 2011
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Website allows people to anonymously evaluate judges and see how judges across the country rate.
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TV show provides glimpse into case

April 12, 2011
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After I began to read an Indiana Court of Appeals opinion handed down Tuesday, I realized why it sounded familiar. I watched an episode of a television program that focused on the murder case.
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Legal aid cuts: attorneys need to step up

April 6, 2011
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If Congress slashes the budget for Legal Services Corp., should more attorneys step up to the plate and do pro bono work to make up for the cuts?
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Law school loses luster?

April 4, 2011
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According to one group, the number of applicants to law school is down more than 10 percent this year as compared to a year ago.
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What was he thinking? Part III

March 25, 2011
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Another Indiana government employee finds himself without a job because of the political issues in Wisconsin.
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Catchy legal advertising

March 23, 2011
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When it comes to catchy law firms with catchy slogans, this one may have a winning hand.
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Do parades and other big events interrupt your work?

March 17, 2011
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Has today being St. Patrick’s Day been a cause for celebration or inconvenience, especially if you’re office is on or near a parade route?
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We the People seeks support

March 14, 2011
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To express their concerns over proposed budget cuts eliminating the We the People civic education program, a group of that program’s alumni from Indiana have started a Facebook petition to tell Congress to continue the program’s funding.
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Research reveals what lawyers earn

March 10, 2011
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The ABA Journal and an Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor have teamed up on a project breaking down attorney salaries in each county of the United States.
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Museum focuses on justice system

March 7, 2011
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Museum offers response to dramatization of crime and punishment using history, artifacts of crimes and criminals throughout U.S. history, and simulators used to train police.

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  5. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

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