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Number of female judges in Indiana remains stagnant

Jennifer Nelson
May 17, 2011
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A national ranking of the number of female judges shows just a fifth of Hoosier judges are women.
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Does Indiana have enough lawyers?

Jennifer Nelson
May 16, 2011
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A study by a northeast Indiana school hoping to open a new law school says that Indiana is underserved in terms of the number of lawyers compared to our population.
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Cancer and child custody

Jennifer Nelson
May 12, 2011
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A North Carolina woman lost her custody battle in part because she has breast cancer.
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College student preparing for legal career

Jennifer Nelson
May 11, 2011
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An Indiana student utilizes small claims court to take on companies.
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Attorney leads Facebook page to remove Trump as Indy 500 pace car driver

Jennifer Nelson
May 5, 2011
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Could an Indianapolis attorney’s Facebook page seeking to “bump” Donald Trump as the pace car driver in the Indianapolis 500 have led to Trump’s decision to step down as driver?
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Senator doesn't pass the bar

Jennifer Nelson
May 3, 2011
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The list of successful bar exam applicants was released this week and it was missing a recognizable name.
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Electronic case filing

Jennifer Nelson
May 2, 2011
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals now requires all documents to be filed and served electronically.
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Organs from death row

Jennifer Nelson
April 25, 2011
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Should a willing death row inmate be allowed to donate his or her organs after execution?
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  1. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  2. If the end result is to simply record the spoke word, then perhaps some day digital recording may eventually be the status quo. However, it is a shallow view to believe the professional court reporter's function is to simply report the spoken word and nothing else. There are many aspects to being a professional court reporter, and many aspects involved in producing a professional and accurate transcript. A properly trained professional steno court reporter has achieved a skill set in a field where the average dropout rate in court reporting schools across the nation is 80% due to the difficulty of mastering the necessary skills. To name just a few "extras" that a court reporter with proper training brings into a courtroom or a deposition suite; an understanding of legal procedure, technology specific to the legal profession, and an understanding of what is being said by the attorneys and litigants (which makes a huge difference in the quality of the transcript). As to contracting, or anti-contracting the argument is simple. The court reporter as governed by our ethical standards is to be the independent, unbiased individual in a deposition or courtroom setting. When one has entered into a contract with any party, insurance carrier, etc., then that reporter is no longer unbiased. I have been a court reporter for over 30 years and I echo Mr. Richardson's remarks that I too am here to serve.

  3. A competitive bid process is ethical and appropriate especially when dealing with government agencies and large corporations, but an ethical line is crossed when court reporters in Pittsburgh start charging exorbitant fees on opposing counsel. This fee shifting isn't just financially biased, it undermines the entire justice system, giving advantages to those that can afford litigation the most. It makes no sense.

  4. "a ttention to detail is an asset for all lawyers." Well played, Indiana Lawyer. Well played.

  5. I have a appeals hearing for the renewal of my LPN licenses and I need an attorney, the ones I have spoke to so far want the money up front and I cant afford that. I was wondering if you could help me find one that takes payments or even a pro bono one. I live in Indiana just north of Indianapolis.

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