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Indiana joins other states challenging EPA regulatory authority

August 27, 2014
Indiana has joined 11 other states in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, taking the unusual tactic of challenging the federal government’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases rather than challenging the rule itself.More.

AG’s office: Same-sex marriage fight cost state about $7,000

October 24, 2014
Responding to requests from Indiana Democrats, the Office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Friday afternoon released records arguing the state’s defense of statutes banning same-sex marriage cost the state about $7,000.More.

Vanderburgh County requests new court magistrate

Seated alone at the table in front of the Indiana General Assembly’s Commission on Courts, Vanderburgh Circuit Judge David Kiely recently asked for a new magistrate in his court.More.

Wabash alumnus calls for reasoned and thoughtful political speech

October 24, 2014
While the supporters of the Citizens United decision claim greater spending can energize the public to participate in the political process, First Amendment attorney David Kendall maintains the result has actually been less-thoughtful political speech and an influx of Congressional members who are more concerned with fundraising than setting policy.More.

Legislative committee recommends making annexations more difficult

October 23, 2014
The legislative committee examining Indiana’s annexation laws underscored how complex and difficult the issue is when committee members looked at the laws Wednesday. The members took a third of the time allotted for the meeting to decide that a remonstrance should succeed if a simple majority of property owners oppose a municipality’s effort to incorporate their land.More.

Zoeller details casino millions funneled to E. Chicago pols

October 22, 2014
A former Indiana Democratic Party chairman and a longtime Lake County political activist enriched themselves with millions of dollars in casino revenue, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Wednesday, closing the book on long-running litigation that resulted in a $154,042 settlement payment to the city of East Chicago.More.
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  1. Don't believe me, listen to Pacino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6bC9w9cH-M

  2. Law school is social control the goal to produce a social product. As such it began after the Revolution and has nearly ruined us to this day: "“Scarcely any political question arises in the United States which is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question. Hence all parties are obliged to borrow, in their daily controversies, the ideas, and even the language, peculiar to judicial proceedings. As most public men [i.e., politicians] are, or have been, legal practitioners, they introduce the customs and technicalities of their profession into the management of public affairs. The jury extends this habitude to all classes. The language of the law thus becomes, in some measure, a vulgar tongue; the spirit of the law, which is produced in the schools and courts of justice, gradually penetrates beyond their walls into the bosom of society, where it descends to the lowest classes, so that at last the whole people contract the habits and the tastes of the judicial magistrate.” ? Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

  3. Thanks Jane. I think US News likes to move print and sell advertising so it makes up polls like this to keep some eyeballs on its fading magazine operation. A ranking like this helps create perception that propels the reality you refer to; nonetheless, I was referring to the overall quality of the education offered at these schools. I am modestly familiar with the course work and professorships of several law schools from Indiana and also including Chicago and I would say that, excepting University of Chicago which truly is a top tier school, the rest of them are not that different. Oh, some have fancier facilties, who can begrudge the beauty of the Notre Dame campus or Northwestern, some have bigger name professors, some have more access to better paying employers, but guess what, some of the "lower" schools actually prepare lawyers better than the more expensive ones. I think the biggest differences are in tuition, and selection criteria. The rest of it is mostly "sales puffing." I also think that law students should probably thank themselves if they don't enslave themselves to "Big Law" and all that entails. I know a few who would say its just not worth the money.

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