Happy anniversary First Impressions

June 2, 2010
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IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger wrote this post.

Two years ago today, Indiana Lawyer announced the blog was in session.

First Impressions was started and continues to offer legal news of interest to our readers, whether it’s an event, an achievement  of a bar association, an observation from a reporting assignment, or some other information that we found interesting even though it didn’t quite fit into the editorial mix of the IL daily or printed edition newspaper.

When I looked at the statistics of the blog since the first post on June 2, 2008, the highest ranked entries have been about disciplinary actions – whether that’s specifically named attorneys or firms, or attorneys who didn’t complete required CLE or didn’t pay their registration fees.

Posts about law firm mergers, hiring updates,  and departures are also pretty popular. (Note: We don’t report rumors, so if it is in Indiana Lawyer as a blog, online or print story, it was verified by a reliable source before we posted or published it).

We’ve also had blogs and other articles linked to readers’ Facebook pages, and our Facebook page posts a link to the blog every time it is updated.

We haven’t had many comments in response to blogs – unless the blog has a very positive or very negative message to share, or if the commenter had a personal connection to the story and wanted to chime in. But we do read the comments and respond when it’s appropriate.

But we’d like our readers to know that if they don’t want to comment directly to the blog, they can still e-mail or call the editorial staff with their comments on a specific blog post – or any other article we publish online or in print. Our e-mails are linked to every story we write. And if you’re not sure who to contact, we’re a small enough staff that if you e-mail one of us your message will be directed to the right person.

If there’s anything you think this blog is missing, we are open to ideas from readers. In fact, some of our blogs have started out as an e-mail or call from a firm or bar association, or a link to an article in a newspaper that we may have missed without a reader’s input.

While we’ve yet to receive a lengthy e-mail exchange between a potential employer and employee, like the one my former employer’s blog recently posted as a lesson in civility, we wouldn’t be entirely opposed to it if there was something everyone could learn from it and would give both sides a chance to respond.

What do you think of First Impressions? Any suggestions? Criticisms? Compliments?
 

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  • Got courage?
    How about some posts questioning the Indiana court and thus playing the role that our nation's Founders envisioned for the media?
    Reporting on the experience of this ten year veteran attorney through the political correctness of JLAP for starters. See www.archangelinstitute.org for details.

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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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