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First round interviews begin

September 27, 2010
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The first three applicants explain why they would like to be the next Indiana Tax Court judge.
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Blogging the Tax Court interviews

September 24, 2010
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Michael Hoskins will be at it again: blogging from the Indiana Tax Court interviews Monday.
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Poll shows what Americans think of U.S. Supreme Court

September 23, 2010
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Americans approve of the nation’s highest court, but many don’t know much about its confirmation process.
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Discipline inconsistencies

September 21, 2010
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Is Indiana too lenient on substance-abusing attorneys?
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Students, judges, lawyers, and reporters participate in Constitution Day

September 20, 2010
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If you were asked to find in the U.S. and Indiana constitutions where our rights are specifically outlined, such as freedom of religion, right to keep and bear arms, right to vote, freedom of speech, right to a trial by jury, and education, could you do it? Find out in today’s blog about the recent Constitution Day event at the Statehouse.
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A boys' club?

September 17, 2010
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Indiana still remains one of two states – the other being Idaho – that has no women justices. None.
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Judge's focus 'odd,' 'inappropriate' for Circuit's taste

September 14, 2010
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Sometimes a case makes the news not because of the merits, but for some other reason. Such a case came from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. Writing for the panel, Judge Diane P. Wood noted there was “little out of the ordinary” in Jose Figueroa’s trial and conviction.
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Survey: Law schools receive negative letters

September 13, 2010
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A recent survey found a majority of law school and medical school admissions offices had received negative recommendation letters. Why would someone ask for a letter that might not be positive – and why would someone agree, only to write a negative letter?
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'The most litigious man in history'

September 10, 2010
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You might hear the name Gordon Gekko and think of the movie “Wall Street” and the character played by Michael Douglas. But that name has special meaning for Indiana’s federal courts, where a prisoner pro se litigant uses that as one of his many aliases to file lawsuit after lawsuit.
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Call sheds light on civics staff cuts

September 8, 2010
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During a conference call with teachers, Indiana Bar Foundation staff members explained the need to restructure the program, and answered questions.
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More legal jobs, barely

September 7, 2010
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Legal jobs saw a modest increase in employment for August.

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Planning for the unexpected

August 30, 2010
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Does your firm’s disaster plan include what to do regarding random acts of violence?
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Counseling programs for homebuyers discussed at event

August 25, 2010
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The CEO and president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago discussed foreclosures and the housing market, comparing counseling programs in Indianapolis and Chicago that help people buying homes avoid making bad choices, as part of a breakfast on Tuesday.
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19th Amendment turns 90

August 23, 2010
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This week and last week mark significant anniversaries when it comes to women winning the right to vote in the United States after fighting for that right for decades. An exhibit about the women’s suffrage movement and an event featuring historic interpreters are two ways to commemorate the occasion.
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Creative advertising

August 19, 2010
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If you find yourself in need of a DUI attorney, look at the pint glass you're holding.
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Defense lawyers aren't responsible?

August 16, 2010
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An insurance company’s video about two defense attorneys raises some questions.
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Unique situation for Gov. Daniels

August 12, 2010
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Gov. Mitch Daniels will get to do what only one other governor has done with regards to Indiana’s appellate courts.

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Counterfeit at the fair?

August 11, 2010
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Rides, food, and fake handbags at the Indiana State Fair.
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Pressure on the governor

August 9, 2010
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Could the female finalist for justice have an edge because of her gender?

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Firm, IBA support pro bono mediation day

August 3, 2010
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Today’s mediation day at law firm offers a different type of pro bono project.

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Finalists all have IU-Indy law degrees

August 2, 2010
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Justices with law degrees from Indiana University will be the majority on the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Interviews over, now wait begins

July 30, 2010
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Commission members are now deliberating. A decision could come any time.

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The interviews continue

July 30, 2010
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Reporter Michael Hoskins breaks down the next three interviews for Indiana Supreme Court justice.
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Justice interviews begin

July 30, 2010
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Interview highlights from the first three semi-finalists for Indiana Supreme Court justice.
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Blogging the interviews

July 29, 2010
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We’ll be blogging about the justice interviews Friday throughout the day.

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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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