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Judicial face-off in court

June 29, 2009
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Today’s post is written by reporter Mike Hoskins. Litigation can get heated enough between lawyers and litigants on opposing sides, but rarely does a case get to the level of having two judges at odds in how a case has...
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Sweat suits

June 24, 2009
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If you haven’t noticed, it’s hot outside. The dog days of summer are upon us right now, which creates a seasonal challenge for attorneys whose jobs require them to dress in suits. I find it nearly intolerable in a short-sleeve dress...
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What did you say?

June 22, 2009
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Today’s blog has been inspired by my “Laywers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes” desk calendar. The entry for June 20/21 was from actual court records in which an attorney thought he heard the district attorney refer to him as a cannibal. This...
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Attorney trashed, literally

June 19, 2009
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One attorney took the term “getting trashed” literally this week and ended up in a trash can near his home after having one too many drinks. It almost sounds like the punch line to a new lawyer joke: “An attorney wakes...
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A bug in the system

June 17, 2009
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Update 6/19/09: According to appellate courts’ clerk Kevin S. Smith, there was no bug in the system that caused several disciplinary actions to not be posted between May 9 and June 12. A misunderstanding and human error caused the delay in...
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Vacation fears

June 15, 2009
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Attorneys are notorious for putting off vacation time or even bringing work with them while on vacation, but will the current state of the economy lead to an increase in work on vacation or even no vacation at all? According to...
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Lawyers get firm in trouble

June 10, 2009
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Do you remember back in school when a couple students in class would act up and the teacher would punish the entire class to make a point that type of behavior isn’t allowed? That’s pretty much what happened Friday to Bose...
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Conference a success

June 8, 2009
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From IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger: The eighth Indiana State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference at Belterra Resort went off without a hitch June 4-6. About 300 attorneys who are solo and small-firm practitioners, frequently work with them, or...
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Hamilton vs. full senate

June 4, 2009
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U.S. District Judge David Hamilton finally made it past the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this morning and now will face the entire Senate in his attempt to sit on the bench at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Of course, the...
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Happy anniversary!

June 2, 2009
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Today is the first anniversary of First Impressions. We started the blog a year ago and have had nearly 200 entries since we started, including posts on the economy, bad attorneys, and law-firm rankings. It seems our readers really like posts...
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Contacting alma maters

June 1, 2009
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A story in the current issue of Indiana Lawyer about alternative legal careers notes that law school alumni – even those who have been out of school for a few years or more – are contacting their alma mater’s career resources...
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Corruption heads southeast

May 29, 2009
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Is Delaware County becoming the new Lake County in terms of political scandals and corruption? There’s a belief (which is sometimes substantiated) that Lake County doesn’t play by the rules when it comes to politics: voting scandals, unethical mayors and elected...
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AG has trust issues

May 28, 2009
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Our attorney general isn’t very trusting of the federal government. He said so in a statement released this week. “The people of Indiana did not elect me to trust the federal government, so I will stand vigilant with our lawyers at...
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Nominee may be a first

May 26, 2009
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President Barack Obama has chosen who he thinks is the right person for the U.S. Supreme Court: 2nd District Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Baseball fans may recognize her name because she was the District judge who issued the injunction against Major League...
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Disaster plans, Part 2

May 20, 2009
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I wrote about disaster plans at law firms back in March when a fire at Indianapolis apartment building under construction led to minor damage to two nearby law firms. The attorneys I spoke to at those firms mentioned how they had...
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Pre, Pre-law school

May 18, 2009
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There’s a new magnet school in Indianapolis focusing on law and public policy. The school is starting out in fall 2009 with grades 6 through 9 and will emphasize the principles of democracy, justice, respect, and service to others. It will...
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Commencement speaker protest

May 15, 2009
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The weekend is finally here – President Barack Obama will give the commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony Sunday. Since he was announced as the speaker in March, there’s been a lot of media coverage of protests...
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What’s the word, Gov?

May 13, 2009
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Update: The Governor vetoed the act this afternoon. Word came down around 4:45 p.m. Here’s a link  to his reasons for vetoing the act. We’re glad Gov. Daniels decided to veto this bill, and his reasoning for doing so is rational...
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Diversity rankings

May 11, 2009
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The Minority Law Journal released its annual diversity scorecard for the 250 largest and highest-grossing law firms in the country and the three Indiana firms on the list ended up closer to the bottom than the top in their rankings....
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Judge vs. academic

May 6, 2009
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Who’s better suited to be the next United States Supreme Court justice – a judge with appellate experience or a law school professor or dean? Since Justice David Souter confirmed last week he will leave the nation’s highest court after the...
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Deferred careers

May 4, 2009
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National blogs and news reports have followed the deferred starts for new associates at law firms. Most of the reports seem to be coming out of larger markets and bigger firms than those in Indiana, but I’ve heard of a few...
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Name your replacement

May 1, 2009
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It’s all over the news today that U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire after this term. Like a lot of other people, when I heard the news last night that a Supreme Court justice was retiring, I...
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Last day for bills

April 29, 2009
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Today’s the last day of the 2009 session for the Indiana General Assembly. If bills don’t make it to the governor today, they’re done. There didn’t seem to be as many hot-button issues making the news and bogging down the session...
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Finals, and then what?

April 27, 2009
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It’s finals time. Exams have started at two Indiana law schools, with exams beginning next month at the others. Exams are already stressful enough. Add to that the fact that it seems more students are having trouble finding summer associate positions...
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Law school ranking shuffle

April 23, 2009
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I feel like I need an advanced degree just to understand the methodology behind the recent U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of law schools, in which one Indiana law school jumped higher in the rankings and one fell dramatically. This...
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  1. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  2. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  3. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

  4. Have been seeing this wonderful physician for a few years and was one of his patients who told him about what we were being told at CVS. Multiple ones. This was a witch hunt and they shold be ashamed of how patients were treated. Most of all, CVS should be ashamed for what they put this physician through. So thankful he fought back. His office is no "pill mill'. He does drug testing multiple times a year and sees patients a minimum of four times a year.

  5. Brian W, I fear I have not been sufficiently entertaining to bring you back. Here is a real laugh track that just might do it. When one is grabbed by the scruff of his worldview and made to choose between his Confession and his profession ... it is a not a hard choice, given the Confession affects eternity. But then comes the hardship in this world. Imagine how often I hear taunts like yours ... "what, you could not even pass character and fitness after they let you sit and pass their bar exam ... dude, there must really be something wrong with you!" Even one of the Bishop's foremost courtiers said that, when explaining why the RCC refused to stand with me. You want entertaining? How about watching your personal economy crash while you have a wife and five kids to clothe and feed. And you can't because you cannot work, because those demanding you cast off your Confession to be allowed into "their" profession have all the control. And you know that they are wrong, dead wrong, and that even the professional code itself allows your Faithful stand, to wit: "A lawyer may refuse to comply with an obligation imposed by law upon a good faith belief that no valid obligation exists. The provisions of Rule 1.2(d) concerning a good faith challenge to the validity, scope, meaning or application of the law apply to challenges of legal regulation of the practice of law." YET YOU ARE A NONPERSON before the BLE, and will not be heard on your rights or their duties to the law -- you are under tyranny, not law. And so they win in this world, you lose, and you lose even your belief in the rule of law, and demoralization joins poverty, and very troubling thoughts impeaching self worth rush in to fill the void where your career once lived. Thoughts you did not think possible. You find yourself a failure ... in your profession, in your support of your family, in the mirror. And there is little to keep hope alive, because tyranny rules so firmly and none, not the church, not the NGO's, none truly give a damn. Not even a new court, who pay such lip service to justice and ancient role models. You want entertainment? Well if you are on the side of the courtiers running the system that has crushed me, as I suspect you are, then Orwell must be a real riot: "There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." I never thought they would win, I always thought that at the end of the day the rule of law would prevail. Yes, the rule of man's law. Instead power prevailed, so many rules broken by the system to break me. It took years, but, finally, the end that Dr Bowman predicted is upon me, the end that she advised the BLE to take to break me. Ironically, that is the one thing in her far left of center report that the BLE (after stamping, in red ink, on Jan 22) is uninterested in, as that the BLE and ADA office that used the federal statute as a sword now refuses to even dialogue on her dire prediction as to my fate. "C'est la vie" Entertaining enough for you, status quo defender?

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