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Indiana (almost) has newest crop of lawyers

Jennifer Nelson
September 23, 2011
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More than 400 people passed the July 2011 bar exam, including an Indiana legislator.
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Pressure for law school to cook the books?

Jennifer Nelson
September 21, 2011
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Law schools are trying to stand out and make themselves attractive to students (and U.S. News and World Report), but at least one school may have gone too far.
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Law is all about the rankings

Jennifer Nelson
September 16, 2011
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Another group throws its hat into the ring of law-related rankings with a “best” summer associate program list. Because law students don’t have enough lists of rankings to obsess about.
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Want a job? Go rural

Jennifer Nelson
September 8, 2011
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Living and working in a city has its advantages, but you may have better luck finding a job in rural America.
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Bidding for public defense work

Jennifer Nelson
September 1, 2011
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One state is considering having attorneys submit bids to provide certain legal services to the poor for a fixed fee.
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Children file ridiculous lawsuit against mother

Jennifer Nelson
August 31, 2011
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Maybe you’d like to sue your parents for dressing you horribly as a child or not letting you get your nose pierced when you were a teen, but you’d never really file a lawsuit – unless you’re these two kids from Illinois.
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Donations buying favorable rulings?

Jennifer Nelson
August 22, 2011
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A flyer for a Marion County judge’s re-election campaign could be interpreted as donors being able to buy “favorable rulings.”
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Report says sentencing reforms can save cash, lower crime rates

Jennifer Nelson
August 10, 2011
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A new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union touts changes that “tough on crime” states have made to reduce incarceration rates, save money, and lower crime rates. It also mentions Indiana’s efforts in sentencing reform.
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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