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Greening the law

Jennifer Nelson
April 22, 2011
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Today is Earth Day. How environmentally friendly is your office?
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Student questions diversity at law school

Jennifer Nelson
April 19, 2011
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An IU-Indy law student says banners featuring African-American males in the school’s atrium make students feel unwelcome.
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Rating judges online

Jennifer Nelson
April 15, 2011
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Website allows people to anonymously evaluate judges and see how judges across the country rate.
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TV show provides glimpse into case

Jennifer Nelson
April 12, 2011
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After I began to read an Indiana Court of Appeals opinion handed down Tuesday, I realized why it sounded familiar. I watched an episode of a television program that focused on the murder case.
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Legal aid cuts: attorneys need to step up

Jennifer Nelson
April 6, 2011
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If Congress slashes the budget for Legal Services Corp., should more attorneys step up to the plate and do pro bono work to make up for the cuts?
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Law school loses luster?

Jennifer Nelson
April 4, 2011
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According to one group, the number of applicants to law school is down more than 10 percent this year as compared to a year ago.
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What was he thinking? Part III

Jennifer Nelson
March 25, 2011
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Another Indiana government employee finds himself without a job because of the political issues in Wisconsin.
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Catchy legal advertising

Jennifer Nelson
March 23, 2011
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When it comes to catchy law firms with catchy slogans, this one may have a winning hand.
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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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