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Bidding for public defense work

September 1, 2011
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One state is considering having attorneys submit bids to provide certain legal services to the poor for a fixed fee.
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Children file ridiculous lawsuit against mother

August 31, 2011
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Maybe you’d like to sue your parents for dressing you horribly as a child or not letting you get your nose pierced when you were a teen, but you’d never really file a lawsuit – unless you’re these two kids from Illinois.
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Donations buying favorable rulings?

August 22, 2011
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A flyer for a Marion County judge’s re-election campaign could be interpreted as donors being able to buy “favorable rulings.”
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Report says sentencing reforms can save cash, lower crime rates

August 10, 2011
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A new report released by the American Civil Liberties Union touts changes that “tough on crime” states have made to reduce incarceration rates, save money, and lower crime rates. It also mentions Indiana’s efforts in sentencing reform.
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Put the camera away in hospitals

August 5, 2011
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Some hospitals are keeping the camcorders out the delivery room. Is it for patient safety or hopes of avoiding lawsuits?
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Services go online

August 4, 2011
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The new Clerk of the Courts portal is up and running and registration has gone 21st century. What are your thoughts about paying fees and managing trust accounts online?
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Illinois attorney to visit Indiana prison for 16 months

August 3, 2011
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The attorney from Illinois that tried to sneak drugs into the federal prison in Terre Haute now gets to spend some time in prison thanks to his lapse in judgment.
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ABA asking for more employment info from law schools

July 28, 2011
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The American Bar Association’s 2011 annual questionnaire to ABA-approved law schools will require more information from the schools on employment and placement of graduates.
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Iowa considers less transparency in discipline process

July 26, 2011
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Iowa’s Supreme Court will consider a proposal that would allow confidentiality in disciplinary proceedings in exchange for lawyers agreeing to have their licenses suspended.
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ABA urges firms to form disaster plans

July 21, 2011
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At its annual meeting in August, the American Bar Association will emphasize the importance of law firm disaster plans.
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Top-paid general counsel

July 20, 2011
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Two corporate counsel with Indiana-based companies are among the best-paid general counsel in the country.
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Legal writing pet peeves

July 15, 2011
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What phrase or aspect of legal writing do you cringe at when you read? Do you wish you could eradicate a certain saying from legal briefs?
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Televising local trials

July 13, 2011
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Broadcasting trials online and on TV would benefit the public, but it does have its negatives as shown by the recent Casey Anthony trial.
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Recent law school grads make less money

July 11, 2011
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Here’s something new attorneys aren’t going to want to hear – 2010 grads are earning less than their 2009 counterparts.
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Most states (including Indiana) have too many lawyers

July 5, 2011
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A recent study has found that only Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C., could use a few more lawyers. Why then does an Indiana college think that our state is underserved and needs a new law school?
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DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel finally gets leader

June 29, 2011
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More than a year after an Indiana law professor withdrew her nomination as head of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, the U.S. Senate has finally confirmed a leader.
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Businesses (sort of) cut attorneys out of doc preparation

June 28, 2011
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An Indiana-based company has created two new franchises for those who want legal work done without having to hire an attorney.
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Obstruction charges through Facebook posts

June 23, 2011
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The online friends who tipped off a man holed up in a hotel to the police’s actions could face obstruction charges. How did they know he was involved in a standoff? He wrote about it on his Facebook page.
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SOS's mom to sue for emotional distress

June 17, 2011
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Who knew there could be so much drama surrounding the Indiana secretary of state? Charlie White’s mom is planning on filing a lawsuit, stemming from her treatment during her son’s grand jury proceedings.
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Firms have room to grow in having women in top roles

June 15, 2011
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A certification process by a group supporting women in the law found that only 10 percent of firms met its criteria for women in leadership roles and their compensation levels.
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Glass staircases causes problems in Ohio courthouse

June 12, 2011
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Forget the glass ceiling, now women in one Ohio county have to worry about a glass staircase.
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Attorney pledges $25,000 to find missing IU student

June 10, 2011
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Not only does the attorney hope to find the missing student, but he wants the city of Bloomington to install more cameras at traffic intersections.
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Santa Claus' letters are safe, for now

June 9, 2011
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An interesting footnote in an Indiana Court of Appeals opinion on a counterfeit case makes reference to letters from Santa Claus.
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How to be a federal judge

June 2, 2011
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Several legal organizations have gotten together to produce a pamphlet for law students and new lawyers telling them what to expect if they want to be a federal judge.
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Video games causing more divorces?

June 1, 2011
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A website called “Divorce Online” claims more women are filing for divorce because their husbands are devoting more time to video games than their marriages.
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