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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. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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