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High cost of law school

Jennifer Nelson
March 2, 2012
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The American Lawyer has an interesting article about why law school tuition keeps going up. As a law school applicant, you’re partly to blame.
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March is the 'divorce' month

Jennifer Nelson
February 29, 2012
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Move over January, March is taking over as the month when divorce filings peak.
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Less lawyers lunching

Jennifer Nelson
February 15, 2012
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A recent survey shows attorneys are conducting fewer business lunches. Looks like the “power lunches” aren’t so powerful anymore.
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Looking at law students' experiences

Jennifer Nelson
January 24, 2012
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Law school students aren’t interacting much with international students, something that may hurt them as they prepare for a more internationally diverse environment.
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'The Puppet's Court'

Jennifer Nelson
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

Jennifer Nelson
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

Jennifer Nelson
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

Jennifer Nelson
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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  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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