A jet-set chief justice

August 7, 2008
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From IL reporter Michael Hoskins: 

Every so often, you’ll see an Indiana Supreme Court order signed by an acting chief justice. Some recent court orders have Justice Brent Dickson filling in for Chief Justice Randall Shepard. Nothing out of the ordinary, just interesting to always keep tabs on what our state’s highest jurists are up to when not putting signatures on orders with their colleagues.

This time, our chief justice spent most of a week in July in Anchorage, Alaska, at a chief justices conference. He was there July 19-23, and his first full day back to work in Indiana was July 28.

Our esteemed high judge noted two topics particularly worth mentioning from this annual meeting: civics education and public information. He sees Indiana doing as well as most states, sometimes better than others. Another topic focused on globalization of law firms and how the chief justices have been working with international bar associations in the past three years about having more American lawyers practice overseas with temporary licenses and having attorneys from other nations do the same here. Sharing thoughts about the conference recently, Chief Justice Shepard said: “I have a pretty good collection of materials and so many ideas to share.”

Of course, he has some additional time to read those materials, and Indiana’s legal community may now see some more acting chief justice lines on orders, as our high jurist has set off for a vacation in Maine; he returns to the court office Aug 13. Word is he may not have even taken his laptop with him. Happy journeys, Mr. Chief Justice.
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  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

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  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

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