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One bar’s rates going down

February 11, 2010
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The current economy can make businesses cut fees in hopes of attracting more customers or raise fees to cover increasing costs and hope it doesn’t drive people away. The American Bar Association took the first approach this week and voted to...
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Slavery case re-enacted

February 9, 2010
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Today's post is from IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger:   Braving the cold and snow, a group of about 15 eighth graders from Indianapolis Public School’s Cold Spring School 315 participated in a re-enactment of the trial of Polly Strong, a...
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Big game delays trial

February 4, 2010
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A judge in New Orleans has postponed a jury trial set to begin Monday because some prospective jurors, attorneys, and court personnel will be heading to Miami to watch the Saints lose in the Super Bowl. Judge Michael Bagneris said “The...
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Few women on the bench

February 3, 2010
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Women just barely outnumber men in the U.S., and nearly half of law school grads and firm associates are women, yet we still make up less than a third, and sometimes, less than a tenth of the judges in state or...
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Pants suit attorney back

February 1, 2010
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Roy Pearson Jr., famous for his $54 million suit over a lost pair of pants, has some issues and they aren’t just legal ones. He either craves attention, believes everyone is out to get him, or has issues with reality based...
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Calling out justices

January 28, 2010
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Anyone watching the State of Union Wednesday night catch the somewhat awkward moment between the president and the U.S. Supreme Court? Sitting front and center during the speech, the justices were called out for their ruling Jan. 21 that government can’t...
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Role playing, gang banging

January 28, 2010
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Typical gang activity: fighting opposing gang members, committing crime, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Wait, what? The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said so in an opinion it released this week in an inmate’s appeal after his D&D games were taken...
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Money for nothing?

January 25, 2010
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There’s an interesting case playing out in Kentucky involving a dispute over attorney’s fees. Two lawyers, who didn’t work on the bad-faith claim against a doctor’s insurer, argue they should get a cut of the fees because they originally signed up...
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Committee observations

January 21, 2010
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If I checked my Blackberry, read the news online, generally just didn’t pay attention, or even got up and left during a meeting, I think that would be rude behavior. But my behavior would be acceptable apparently as a member of...
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Firm recruiting changes

January 19, 2010
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If the National Association for Law Placement has its way, January and November are going to become very important months to many law students. NALP released a report this month detailing significant changes to the recruiting process. The biggest one: Goodbye...
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Banned from the library

January 14, 2010
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First they were prohibited from living too close to schools and then public park bans became the norm. Now, one legislator hopes to ban registered sex offenders from public libraries. If they show up there to check out a book or...
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Lobbyist, legislator reforms

January 11, 2010
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The General Assembly’s attempt to make changes to how lobbyists operate is moving through the legislature right now. HB 1001 puts more restrictions on who can register as lobbyists and when, as well as reduces the minimum reportable amount of money...
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Facebook fuels divorce

January 6, 2010
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Facebook is great for reconnecting with old classmates and friends. It’s also great at causing divorce. That great tool of reconnecting with former friends also lets people reconnect with former flames, leading to emotional, physical, or just cyber infidelity. According to...
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DNA bill targets relatives

January 4, 2010
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Relatives of someone who commits a crime may find themselves under investigation under a proposed bill to regarding DNA testing. Senate Bill 89 would amend Chapter 6 of Indiana Code 10-13 to add section 13.5, which authorizes the superintendent of a...
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Play like a justice

December 29, 2009
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There’s an opportunity to play a fantasy version online of nearly every sport. Sports nuts spend weeks researching players preparing for fantasy drafts, hoping to build a perfect fantasy team. But what about those people who may have an interest in...
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Electronic holiday cheer

December 24, 2009
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Instead of running to the mailbox to see if you’ve received a holiday card, try opening your inbox. Electronic holiday cards seem to be catching on with people, including professionals, as a way to send your holiday cheer without stamps. I...
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Senator wants no mandates

December 21, 2009
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Senate Joint Resolution 0002 is not likely to get the fanfare and attention that property tax caps, education, and health care will receive in the 2010 General Assembly, but if it eventually passes, it will have as much as an impact...
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Simpler seasonal celebrations

December 18, 2009
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‘Tis the season for holiday parties – so does that mean ‘tis now the season for scaling back? Blogs and news outlets across the country have stories about law firm holiday parties, and all have the common theme of the parties...
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Trends for 2010

December 15, 2009
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The employment outlook for paralegals looks up as legal secretaries have reason to be nervous, according to one legal staffing agency. Paralegals are in higher demand as more duties are assigned to them in the workplace. Robert Half Legal’s 2010 Salary...
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More frequent fitness exams?

December 10, 2009
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When you decided to become an attorney, one of the last steps you took was standing before the Board of Law Examiners Committee on Character and Fitness, which determined whether you should be admitted to the bar. Attorneys deemed to have...
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Swayed by repayment programs

December 7, 2009
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Last week, two large law schools announced updates to their loan forgiveness programs. The Berkley School of Law at the University of California and Georgetown University Law Center will now cover all law school loan debt for graduates who work...
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Hot dog leads to suit

December 4, 2009
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A woman slipped in a Connersville Speedway gas station, so of course, she’s filed a lawsuit. The gas station should have known better than to leave a hot dog on the floor. According to a lawsuit filed in Indianapolis this week...
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Rankings influence schools

December 3, 2009
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A new report says law schools are greatly influenced by the annual rankings released by U.S. News & World Report . I didn’t need a report to tell me that. What I did need the report to tell me was how...
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Billing rates going up

December 2, 2009
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Clients are going to have to pony up a little more cash next year for their lawyers. According to an Altman Weil survey on 2010 billing rates, only about 10 percent of firms surveyed plan to maintain their current billing rates...
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Flex-time push

November 30, 2009
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Is being a part-time attorney a dirty little secret? Some large companies believe so, and are working to change this mindset. According to an article in the National Law Journal , Del Monte Foods and several other companies are adding part-time...
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  1. He called our nation a nation of cowards because we didn't want to talk about race. That was a cheap shot coming from the top cop. The man who decides who gets the federal government indicts. Wow. Not a gentleman if that is the measure. More importantly, this insult delivered as we all understand, to white people-- without him or anybody needing to explain that is precisely what he meant-- but this is an insult to timid white persons who fear the government and don't want to say anything about race for fear of being accused a racist. With all the legal heat that can come down on somebody if they say something which can be construed by a prosecutor like Mr Holder as racist, is it any wonder white people-- that's who he meant obviously-- is there any surprise that white people don't want to talk about race? And as lawyers we have even less freedom lest our remarks be considered violations of the rules. Mr Holder also demonstrated his bias by publically visiting with the family of the young man who was killed by a police offering in the line of duty, which was a very strong indicator of bias agains the offer who is under investigation, and was a failure to lead properly by letting his investigators do their job without him predetermining the proper outcome. He also has potentially biased the jury pool. All in all this worsens race relations by feeding into the perception shared by whites as well as blacks that justice will not be impartial. I will say this much, I do not blame Obama for all of HOlder's missteps. Obama has done a lot of things to stay above the fray and try and be a leader for all Americans. Maybe he should have reigned Holder in some but Obama's got his hands full with other problelms. Oh did I mention HOlder is a bank crony who will probably get a job in a silkstocking law firm working for millions of bucks a year defending bankers whom he didn't have the integrity or courage to hold to account for their acts of fraud on the United States, other financial institutions, and the people. His tenure will be regarded by history as a failure of leadership at one of the most important jobs in our nation. Finally and most importantly besides him insulting the public and letting off the big financial cheats, he has been at the forefront of over-prosecuting the secrecy laws to punish whistleblowers and chill free speech. What has Holder done to vindicate the rights of privacy of the American public against the illegal snooping of the NSA? He could have charged NSA personnel with violations of law for their warrantless wiretapping which has been done millions of times and instead he did not persecute a single soul. That is a defalcation of historical proportions and it signals to the public that the government DOJ under him was not willing to do a damn thing to protect the public against the rapid growth of the illegal surveillance state. Who else could have done this? Nobody. And for that omission Obama deserves the blame too. Here were are sliding into a police state and Eric Holder made it go all the faster.

  2. JOE CLAYPOOL candidate for Superior Court in Harrison County - Indiana This candidate is misleading voters to think he is a Judge by putting Elect Judge Joe Claypool on his campaign literature. paragraphs 2 and 9 below clearly indicate this injustice to voting public to gain employment. What can we do? Indiana Code - Section 35-43-5-3: Deception (a) A person who: (1) being an officer, manager, or other person participating in the direction of a credit institution, knowingly or intentionally receives or permits the receipt of a deposit or other investment, knowing that the institution is insolvent; (2) knowingly or intentionally makes a false or misleading written statement with intent to obtain property, employment, or an educational opportunity; (3) misapplies entrusted property, property of a governmental entity, or property of a credit institution in a manner that the person knows is unlawful or that the person knows involves substantial risk of loss or detriment to either the owner of the property or to a person for whose benefit the property was entrusted; (4) knowingly or intentionally, in the regular course of business, either: (A) uses or possesses for use a false weight or measure or other device for falsely determining or recording the quality or quantity of any commodity; or (B) sells, offers, or displays for sale or delivers less than the represented quality or quantity of any commodity; (5) with intent to defraud another person furnishing electricity, gas, water, telecommunication, or any other utility service, avoids a lawful charge for that service by scheme or device or by tampering with facilities or equipment of the person furnishing the service; (6) with intent to defraud, misrepresents the identity of the person or another person or the identity or quality of property; (7) with intent to defraud an owner of a coin machine, deposits a slug in that machine; (8) with intent to enable the person or another person to deposit a slug in a coin machine, makes, possesses, or disposes of a slug; (9) disseminates to the public an advertisement that the person knows is false, misleading, or deceptive, with intent to promote the purchase or sale of property or the acceptance of employment;

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  5. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

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