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Does Indiana need another law school?

March 1, 2011
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A private college based in Fort Wayne is looking into opening a law school.
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What was he thinking? Part II

February 23, 2011
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One Indiana deputy attorney general’s tweet and statements to a newspaper on protesters in Wisconsin get him fired.
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Senator taking bar, may miss vote on own bill

February 22, 2011
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The senator who proposed the controversial immigration bill in the Indiana General Assembly may miss voting on it because he’ll be sitting for the bar exam.
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Jury issues in northern Indiana

February 21, 2011
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One northern Indiana judge is upset at the amount of people ignoring jury questionnaires. Another judge is embarrassed his court had to cut a lunch stipend for jurors.
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What was he thinking?

February 17, 2011
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An Illinois attorney is indicted for trying to sneak drugs into an Indiana prison.
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Happy Valentine's Day

February 14, 2011
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The Marion County Clerk’s Office has raised more than $5,500 for American Heart Association since 2007 from its “Chapel of Love” event on Valentine’s Day. This year’s event had 35 couples who reserved a spot to say “I do.”
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Observations of immigration bill hearing

February 10, 2011
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A reporter’s observations about the Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor hearing on Senate Bill 590, an immigration bill, from the hallway outside of the Senate Chamber.
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Discussing college decision making

February 8, 2011
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A University of Houston law professor discussed why bad decisions made by colleges and universities regarding admissions and personnel matters should be studied more at an annual lecture at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
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Snowed in - good or good grief?

February 3, 2011
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The winter storm that just hit crippled parts of Indiana – did it impact your office or firm?
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COA judge blogs from Kenya

January 27, 2011
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Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Riley is in Kenya this week and has started a daily blog of her most recent trip to the Legal Aid Centre of Eldoret.

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Should justices attend State of the Union?

January 25, 2011
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The State of the Union is a political affair in which the U.S. Supreme Court justices sit there without reaction while members of the political parties react to the president’s comments. Is their presence needed?
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Rehab for lawyers

January 20, 2011
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It’s no secret legal professionals suffer higher addiction rates than the general population. Now, lawyers have an option to receive treatment in a program created just for them.
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Odd Indiana laws

January 17, 2011
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Indiana has passed some strange laws throughout the years. What’s the oddest one you’ve come across?
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$25,000 donated to LRAP

January 10, 2011
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At its annual dinner in mid-October, a challenge was extended to Indiana Bar Foundation representatives to give to the Richard M. Givan Loan Replayment Assistance Program.
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Report offers insight on law students' thoughts on school

January 6, 2011
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An annual report put out by Indiana University on law school student engagement shows many students don’t feel prepared to practice law.
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Mergers down, but maybe not for long

January 5, 2011
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Care to take a guess as to how many mergers Indiana firms will see in 2011?

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Chief justice encourages end to judicial vacancies

January 3, 2011
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It’s a recurring problem and one the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court would like to see end as quickly as possible: numerous judicial vacancies.
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Lawyers, paralegals to be in demand in 2011

December 27, 2010
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Research shows that two occupations at midsize law firms may be some of the more promising positions next year.
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Bar associations team up for 'Santa' program

December 17, 2010
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The Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section partnered with the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association to sponsor their first program together, “Santa’s Been Sued.” The educational program, which includes gifts for 15 underprivileged children in northwestern Indiana, will take place starting at 4:30 p.m. local time today in Lake Superior Court.
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Lawyers - now in 3D

December 13, 2010
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One attorney hopes people will ask “Who’s going to handle my Social Security Disability claim?” and remember the law firm with the 3D advertisement.
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Today marks anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2010
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To celebrate the anniversary of the United Nation’s proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948, organizations around the world have celebrated the words in that document on or near Dec. 10.
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Billing rates see small increase

December 8, 2010
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Only one Indianapolis-based firm reports its 2010 billing rates in a recent nationwide survey.
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Personalized drawing caters to attorneys

December 3, 2010
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Don’t know what to get that lawyer in your life for the holidays? How about a cheesy personalized cartoon?
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Director discusses re-entry program's success

December 2, 2010
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As part of a World AIDS Day commemoration in Indianapolis, the program director for a re-entry program, Thresholds & Transitions, discussed how that program has helped offenders find a sense of self-worth.
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Judges on career list with no future

November 30, 2010
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 A recent analysis of government statistics leads one group to claim your goal of becoming a judge is going to become even more difficult in the next few years.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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