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Law firm contest exchanges gift cards for clicks

Jennifer Nelson
November 21, 2013
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Here’s one way to drive traffic to your website and social media: Pay people to visit it.
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Americans think 'justice is for sale'

Jennifer Mehalik
October 29, 2013
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Money talks, the saying goes, and many Americans think it’s telling judges how to rule on cases, according to results of a poll released Thursday.
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Americans think ‘justice is for sale’

Jennifer Nelson
October 29, 2013
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Money talks, the saying goes, and many Americans think it’s telling judges how to rule on cases, according to results of a poll released Thursday.
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A higher power involved in bar passage

Jennifer Nelson
October 10, 2013
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Many law students likely pray that they pass the bar exam, but one attorney took it to another level after failing the test.
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Legal news on the go

Jennifer Nelson
October 9, 2013
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You may have noticed that this blog has been dormant for about three months. I’ve been away on maternity leave, but thanks to our Indiana Lawyer app, I was able to keep up on the latest legal news.
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Public sees lawyers as contributing little to society, Pew survey says

Jennifer Nelson
July 22, 2013
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Once again, attorneys find their occupation at the bottom of a list compiled by the Pew Research Center regarding contributing to society’s well-being.
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IU Maurer team takes second in SCOTUSblog competition

Jennifer Mehalik
July 2, 2013
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Once the final cases for this term were decided by the Supreme Court of the United States, a team of recent Indiana University Maurer School of Law grads learned they came in second in a national competition predicting how the justices would rule.
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2 Indiana law school teams tops in SCOTUS challenge

Jennifer Nelson
June 21, 2013
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These teams know their justices. An online competition among teams across the country has two teams from Indiana law schools in the Top 5.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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