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First round interviews begin

September 27, 2010
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The first three applicants explain why they would like to be the next Indiana Tax Court judge.
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Blogging the Tax Court interviews

September 24, 2010
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Michael Hoskins will be at it again: blogging from the Indiana Tax Court interviews Monday.
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Poll shows what Americans think of U.S. Supreme Court

September 23, 2010
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Americans approve of the nation’s highest court, but many don’t know much about its confirmation process.
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Discipline inconsistencies

September 21, 2010
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Is Indiana too lenient on substance-abusing attorneys?
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Students, judges, lawyers, and reporters participate in Constitution Day

September 20, 2010
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If you were asked to find in the U.S. and Indiana constitutions where our rights are specifically outlined, such as freedom of religion, right to keep and bear arms, right to vote, freedom of speech, right to a trial by jury, and education, could you do it? Find out in today’s blog about the recent Constitution Day event at the Statehouse.
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A boys' club?

September 17, 2010
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Indiana still remains one of two states – the other being Idaho – that has no women justices. None.
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Judge's focus 'odd,' 'inappropriate' for Circuit's taste

September 14, 2010
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Sometimes a case makes the news not because of the merits, but for some other reason. Such a case came from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. Writing for the panel, Judge Diane P. Wood noted there was “little out of the ordinary” in Jose Figueroa’s trial and conviction.
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Survey: Law schools receive negative letters

September 13, 2010
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A recent survey found a majority of law school and medical school admissions offices had received negative recommendation letters. Why would someone ask for a letter that might not be positive – and why would someone agree, only to write a negative letter?
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'The most litigious man in history'

September 10, 2010
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You might hear the name Gordon Gekko and think of the movie “Wall Street” and the character played by Michael Douglas. But that name has special meaning for Indiana’s federal courts, where a prisoner pro se litigant uses that as one of his many aliases to file lawsuit after lawsuit.
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Call sheds light on civics staff cuts

September 8, 2010
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During a conference call with teachers, Indiana Bar Foundation staff members explained the need to restructure the program, and answered questions.
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More legal jobs, barely

September 7, 2010
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Legal jobs saw a modest increase in employment for August.

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Planning for the unexpected

August 30, 2010
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Does your firm’s disaster plan include what to do regarding random acts of violence?
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Counseling programs for homebuyers discussed at event

August 25, 2010
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The CEO and president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago discussed foreclosures and the housing market, comparing counseling programs in Indianapolis and Chicago that help people buying homes avoid making bad choices, as part of a breakfast on Tuesday.
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19th Amendment turns 90

August 23, 2010
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This week and last week mark significant anniversaries when it comes to women winning the right to vote in the United States after fighting for that right for decades. An exhibit about the women’s suffrage movement and an event featuring historic interpreters are two ways to commemorate the occasion.
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Creative advertising

August 19, 2010
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If you find yourself in need of a DUI attorney, look at the pint glass you're holding.
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Defense lawyers aren't responsible?

August 16, 2010
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An insurance company’s video about two defense attorneys raises some questions.
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Unique situation for Gov. Daniels

August 12, 2010
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Gov. Mitch Daniels will get to do what only one other governor has done with regards to Indiana’s appellate courts.

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Counterfeit at the fair?

August 11, 2010
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Rides, food, and fake handbags at the Indiana State Fair.
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Pressure on the governor

August 9, 2010
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Could the female finalist for justice have an edge because of her gender?

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Firm, IBA support pro bono mediation day

August 3, 2010
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Today’s mediation day at law firm offers a different type of pro bono project.

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Finalists all have IU-Indy law degrees

August 2, 2010
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Justices with law degrees from Indiana University will be the majority on the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Interviews over, now wait begins

July 30, 2010
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Commission members are now deliberating. A decision could come any time.

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The interviews continue

July 30, 2010
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Reporter Michael Hoskins breaks down the next three interviews for Indiana Supreme Court justice.
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Justice interviews begin

July 30, 2010
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Interview highlights from the first three semi-finalists for Indiana Supreme Court justice.
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Blogging the interviews

July 29, 2010
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We’ll be blogging about the justice interviews Friday throughout the day.

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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. 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

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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