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ABA asking for more employment info from law schools

Jennifer Nelson
July 28, 2011
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The American Bar Association’s 2011 annual questionnaire to ABA-approved law schools will require more information from the schools on employment and placement of graduates.
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Iowa considers less transparency in discipline process

Jennifer Nelson
July 26, 2011
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Iowa’s Supreme Court will consider a proposal that would allow confidentiality in disciplinary proceedings in exchange for lawyers agreeing to have their licenses suspended.
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ABA urges firms to form disaster plans

Jennifer Nelson
July 21, 2011
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At its annual meeting in August, the American Bar Association will emphasize the importance of law firm disaster plans.
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Top-paid general counsel

Jennifer Nelson
July 20, 2011
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Two corporate counsel with Indiana-based companies are among the best-paid general counsel in the country.
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Legal writing pet peeves

Jennifer Nelson
July 15, 2011
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What phrase or aspect of legal writing do you cringe at when you read? Do you wish you could eradicate a certain saying from legal briefs?
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Televising local trials

Jennifer Nelson
July 13, 2011
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Broadcasting trials online and on TV would benefit the public, but it does have its negatives as shown by the recent Casey Anthony trial.
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Recent law school grads make less money

Jennifer Nelson
July 11, 2011
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Here’s something new attorneys aren’t going to want to hear – 2010 grads are earning less than their 2009 counterparts.
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Most states (including Indiana) have too many lawyers

Jennifer Nelson
July 5, 2011
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A recent study has found that only Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C., could use a few more lawyers. Why then does an Indiana college think that our state is underserved and needs a new law school?
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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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