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Commission irons out details in half-day meeting

Jenny Montgomery
November 18, 2011
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The Legislature’s Criminal Code Evaluation Commission met Thursday. If you missed the three-and-a-half hour meeting, read on to find out what happened.
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Judge is a fan of Johnny Carson

Jennifer Nelson
November 16, 2011
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I am about to show my age: I had to do a Google search to find out who Carnac is.
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Wellness while you work

Jennifer Nelson
November 9, 2011
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What’s the best way to fit working out into your workday? Work out while you work.
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Is law school still attractive?

Jennifer Nelson
November 1, 2011
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Practicing attorneys: if someone asked you whether he or she should go to law school, what would you say?
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Putting divorce on pause

Jennifer Nelson
October 28, 2011
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A recent op-ed piece in a newspaper suggests people with small children should have to wait a year to get divorced.
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Take time to help others

Jennifer Nelson
October 27, 2011
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Did you know it’s National Pro Bono Week? I didn’t, until I randomly came across the information.
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Using social media to boost business

Jennifer Nelson
October 25, 2011
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Do you see any benefits for your practice in using Twitter, Facebook or other social media outlets?
 
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Learning about law schools

Jennifer Nelson
October 14, 2011
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Indiana University’s “Law Day” will be the largest law fair in the country.
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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  2. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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