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Who are the justices again?

Jennifer Nelson
August 21, 2012
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A recent poll survey has found only 34 percent of Americans can name at least one U.S. Supreme Court justice. I would imagine the same could be said for Indiana’s justices.
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Attorney donation to install handrails at Assembly Hall

Jennifer Nelson
August 20, 2012
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Bloomington attorney Ken Nunn really does love Indiana University basketball, so much so that he’s willing to donate money to keep fans safe during games.
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Want to be a rich judge? Get a TV show

Jennifer Nelson
August 17, 2012
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Compared with the salaries of most Americans, judges’ salaries are enviable. But when you see how much TV “judges” make, it makes our judicial salaries look miniscule.
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Will the governor appoint a female justice?

Jennifer Nelson
August 9, 2012
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When the application process began for those interesting in being the next Indiana justice, women dominated the applicant pool. Now, Gov. Mitch Daniels has just a 33 percent chance of appointing a woman to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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ABA addresses lawyer use of technology, nonlawyer assistance

Jennifer Nelson
August 8, 2012
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The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates has been busy these last few days, adopting policies on criminal justice reforms, civil standards in immigration detention, and ethics in the profession.
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Bar network lets lawyers lend a hand

Jennifer Nelson
August 6, 2012
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Several bars across the country have set up support networks for legal professionals who need assistance with big and small requests. The inspiration for the program came from a Louisiana model that took off after Hurricane Katrina.
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Ice Miller in top 5 of female equity partners

Jennifer Nelson
July 30, 2012
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A look at data by the National Law Journal found that Indianapolis-based Ice Miller LLP is third among large law firms in the number of women equity partners. Another firm with Indiana connections also placed high on the list.
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Law school fined for providing false admissions data

Jennifer Nelson
July 25, 2012
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The American Bar Association sent a strong message to the University of Illinois College of Law Tuesday, fining the school $250,000 for submitting inaccurate information to the ABA through the association’s annual questionnaires of law schools.
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  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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