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Valparaiso Law public censure puts admission policies to test

November 30, 2016
Olivia Covington
How much the ABA-imposed sanction will impact Valparaiso University Law School depends on who you ask.
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Valparaiso Law says it's fixing school admission policies

November 17, 2016
Olivia Covington
Valparaiso University Law School is not in danger of closing or losing its accreditation in wake of the American Bar Association’s public censure of the school for noncompliance with admissions practices, the school’s dean said Thursday.
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ABA censures Valpo Law for non-compliant admission practices

November 17, 2016
Olivia Covington
Following an October hearing that found Valparaiso University Law School was not in compliance with the American Bar Association’s student admissions standards, the ABA has imposed a sanction of public censure on the law school and has directed school leaders to take immediate remedial actions.
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Dean's Desk: A troubling focus by the ABA on the bar exam

November 16, 2016
Austen Parrish
For those in legal education, the bar exam has oddly emerged as a key focus.
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IU McKinney professor appears in lawyer assistance program video

October 10, 2016
IL Staff
An Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor has been featured in an American Bar Association video aimed at encouraging law students suffering from addiction to seek help.
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Indiana Tech Law School dean says 5 graduates appealing bar results

September 23, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Five graduates of Indiana Tech Law School have filed appeals with the Indiana Board of Law Examiners to have their bar exams reviewed, according to the law school’s dean Charles Cercone.
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ABA takes stronger stance on harassment, discrimination

August 24, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
While the new model rule addresses bias and prejudice, Indiana’s conduct rule is much stricter.
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ABA calls for including implicit bias in jury instructions

August 12, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Over opposition from some attorneys including one from Indiana, the American Bar Association has adopted a resolution that calls for judges to instruct jurors on implicit bias.
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ABA approves paid externships for law students

August 11, 2016
IL Staff
Law students will be able to earn money while earning class credit as part of a change to the legal education standards approved by the American Bar Association during its annual meeting this week.
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ABA commission sees need for ‘regulatory innovations’ in legal profession

August 8, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Finding the need for legal services among the poor and moderate-income greater than legal aid and pro bono can satisfy, an American Bar Association commission is advocating for the consideration of “regulatory innovations” which include non-lawyer ownership of legal service providers.
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ABA poised to allow law students to get paid for externships

August 1, 2016
IL Staff
Law students may be able to take home a paycheck while earning academic credit at an externship under a proposal the American Bar Association House of Delegates will consider during the ABA’s annual meeting beginning Thursday in San Francisco.
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ABA releases employment data for 2015 grads

May 3, 2016
Scott Roberts
The American Bar Association has released its annual employment reports for law schools for 2015 graduates. Of the four Indiana law schools included, Notre Dame Law School had the highest percentage of graduates working in full-time long-term positions where bar passage was required, while Valparaiso University Law School had the highest unemployment rate.
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Tangling with tech companies’ move into legal services

March 23, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A recent American Bar Association resolution on regulating non-traditional legal services providers coupled with a pilot project with Rocket Lawyer has stirred opposition among bar associations.
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Indiana Tech clears accreditation hurdle

March 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School has been granted provisional accreditation, just months ahead of the graduation of its first class.
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ABA committee recommends Indiana Tech Law School for accreditation

January 26, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School’s application for provisional accreditation has received support within the American Bar Association.
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Evansville attorneys meet with future ABA president

October 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Bar Association president-elect Linda Klein visited with Evansville attorneys Friday to talk about how the national organization can better serve the legal profession.
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Mental health inquiries get fresh look from the ABA

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana State Board of Bar Examiners is again reviewing its mental health questions in light of new guidance from the American Bar Association, but at this point, the board has no plans to make changes to the inquiries.
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Dimos takes key ABA post, vows to stay connected locally

August 26, 2015
Dave Stafford
James Dimos’ new leadership gig with the American Bar Association eventually will take him away from his adopted Indianapolis home of more than 30 years but, in a way, he’ll be returning home.
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Dimos hired for No. 2 position at ABA

August 17, 2015
Dave Stafford
Attorney James Dimos, a member at Frost Brown Todd LLC in Indianapolis and past president of the Indiana State Bar Association, has been hired as deputy executive director of the American Bar Association.
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Shepard and Metzger making history

July 31, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana legal profession will celebrate a pair of firsts July 31, as two of its own receive national honors.
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Gender gap persists among lead trial counsel

July 21, 2015
 Bloomberg News
When it comes to lead trial counsel, a recent American Bar Association Study reveals that the gender divide shows no signs of going away.
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Women are leading the way in law firms

July 15, 2015
Teryn Armstrong
The emergence of women in male-dominated practice areas has been enhanced by a willingness among lawyers and the industry to talk about issues and obstacles.
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ABA annual meeting starts July 30

July 14, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Bar Association will open its annual meeting the last week of July in Chicago, bringing attorneys, judges, academics and government officials together to examine a variety of legal and public policy issues.
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Who gets the notes? The ABA sides with firms

July 7, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Clients may come and clients may go, but until now it hasn't been entirely clear who gets the documents, as well as the notes and drafts, when a client decides to change attorneys.
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Shepard to receive ABA John Marshall Award

June 23, 2015
IL Staff
Former Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, the longest-serving chief justice in Indiana, is the recipient of the 2015 John Marshall Award, named after the longest-serving chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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  1. 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

  2. A high ranking bureaucrat with Ind sup court is heading up an organization celebrating the formal N word!!! She must resign and denounce! http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

  3. ND2019, don't try to confuse the Left with facts. Their ideologies trump facts, trump due process, trump court rules, even trump federal statutes. I hold the proof if interested. Facts matter only to those who are not on an agenda-first mission.

  4. OK so I'll make this as short as I can. I got a call that my daughter was smoking in the bathroom only her and one other girl was questioned mind you four others left before them anyways they proceeded to interrogate my daughter about smoking and all this time I nor my parents got a phone call,they proceeded to go through her belongings and also pretty much striped searched my daughter including from what my mother said they looked at her Brest without my consent. I am furious also a couple months ago my son hurt his foot and I was never called and it got worse during the day but the way some of the teachers have been treating my kids they are not comfortable going to them because they feel like they are mean or don't care. This is unacceptable in my mind i should be able to send my kids to school without worry but now I worry how the adults there are treating them. I have a lot more but I wanted to know do I have any attempt at a lawsuit because like I said there is more that's just some of what my kids are going through. Please respond. Sincerely concerned single parent

  5. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) End of Year Report 2014. (page 13) Under the current system many local registering agencies are challenged just keeping up with registration paperwork. It takes an hour or more to process each registrant, the majority of whom are low risk offenders. As a result law enforcement cannot monitor higher risk offenders more intensively in the community due to the sheer numbers on the registry. Some of the consequences of lengthy and unnecessary registration requirements actually destabilize the life’s of registrants and those -such as families- whose lives are often substantially impacted. Such consequences are thought to raise levels of known risk factors while providing no discernible benefit in terms of community safety. The full report is available online at. http://www.casomb.org/index.cfm?pid=231 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs United States of America. The overall conclusion is that Megan’s law has had no demonstrated effect on sexual offenses in New Jersey, calling into question the justification for start-up and operational costs. Megan’s Law has had no effect on time to first rearrest for known sex offenders and has not reduced sexual reoffending. Neither has it had an impact on the type of sexual reoffense or first-time sexual offense. The study also found that the law had not reduced the number of victims of sexual offenses. The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/app/publications/abstract.aspx? ID=247350 The University of Chicago Press for The Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago and The University of Chicago Law School Article DOI: 10.1086/658483 Conclusion. The data in these three data sets do not strongly support the effectiveness of sex offender registries. The national panel data do not show a significant decrease in the rate of rape or the arrest rate for sexual abuse after implementation of a registry via the Internet. The BJS data that tracked individual sex offenders after their release in 1994 did not show that registration had a significantly negative effect on recidivism. And the D.C. crime data do not show that knowing the location of sex offenders by census block can help protect the locations of sexual abuse. This pattern of noneffectiveness across the data sets does not support the conclusion that sex offender registries are successful in meeting their objectives of increasing public safety and lowering recidivism rates. The full report is available online at. http://www.jstor.org/stable/full/10.1086/658483 These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of conclusions and reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. People, including the media and other organizations should not rely on and reiterate the statements and opinions of the legislators or other people as to the need for these laws because of the high recidivism rates and the high risk offenders pose to the public which simply is not true and is pure hyperbole and fiction. They should rely on facts and data collected and submitted in reports from the leading authorities and credible experts in the fields such as the following. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 0.8% (page 30) The full report is available online at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/Research_Documents/2014_Outcome_Evaluation_Report_7-6-2015.pdf California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) (page 38) Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 1.8% The full report is available online at. http://www.google.com/url?sa= t&source=web&cd=1&ved= 0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F% 2Fwww.cdcr.ca.gov%2FAdult_ Research_Branch%2FResearch_ documents%2FOutcome_ evaluation_Report_2013.pdf&ei= C9dSVePNF8HfoATX-IBo&usg=AFQjCNE9I6ueHz-o2mZUnuxLPTyiRdjDsQ Bureau of Justice Statistics 5 PERCENT OF SEX OFFENDERS REARRESTED FOR ANOTHER SEX CRIME WITHIN 3 YEARS OF PRISON RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. Within 3 years following their 1994 state prison release, 5.3 percent of sex offenders (men who had committed rape or sexual assault) were rearrested for another sex crime, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The full report is available online at. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm Document title; A Model of Static and Dynamic Sex Offender Risk Assessment Author: Robert J. McGrath, Michael P. Lasher, Georgia F. Cumming Document No.: 236217 Date Received: October 2011 Award Number: 2008-DD-BX-0013 Findings: Study of 759 adult male offenders under community supervision Re-arrest rate: 4.6% after 3-year follow-up The sexual re-offense rates for the 746 released in 2005 are much lower than what many in the public have been led to expect or believe. These low re-offense rates appear to contradict a conventional wisdom that sex offenders have very high sexual re-offense rates. The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/236217.pdf Document Title: SEX OFFENDER SENTENCING IN WASHINGTON STATE: RECIDIVISM RATES BY: Washington State Institute For Public Policy. A study of 4,091 sex offenders either released from prison or community supervision form 1994 to 1998 and examined for 5 years Findings: Sex Crime Recidivism Rate: 2.7% Link to Report: http://www.oncefallen.com/files/Washington_SO_Recid_2005.pdf Document Title: Indiana’s Recidivism Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Year BY: Indiana Department of Correction 2009. The recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%, one of the lowest in the nation. In a time when sex offenders continue to face additional post-release requirements that often result in their return to prison for violating technical rules such as registration and residency restrictions, the instances of sex offenders returning to prison due to the commitment of a new sex crime is extremely low. Findings: sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05% Link to Report: http://www.in.gov/idoc/files/RecidivismRelease.pdf Once again, These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. No one can doubt that child sexual abuse is traumatic and devastating. The question is not whether the state has an interest in preventing such harm, but whether current laws are effective in doing so. Megan’s law is a failure and is destroying families and their children’s lives and is costing tax payers millions upon millions of dollars. The following is just one example of the estimated cost just to implement SORNA which many states refused to do. From Justice Policy Institute. Estimated cost to implement SORNA Here are some of the estimates made in 2009 expressed in 2014 current dollars: California, $66M; Florida, $34M; Illinois, $24M; New York, $35M; Pennsylvania, $22M; Texas, $44M. In 2014 dollars, Virginia’s estimate for implementation was $14M, and the annual operating cost after that would be $10M. For the US, the total is $547M. That’s over half a billion dollars – every year – for something that doesn’t work. http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/08-08_FAC_SORNACosts_JJ.pdf. Attempting to use under-reporting to justify the existence of the registry is another myth, or a lie. This is another form of misinformation perpetrated by those who either have a fiduciary interest in continuing the unconstitutional treatment of a disfavored group or are seeking to justify their need for punishment for people who have already paid for their crime by loss of their freedom through incarceration and are now attempting to reenter society as honest citizens. When this information is placed into the public’s attention by naive media then you have to wonder if the media also falls into one of these two groups that are not truly interested in reporting the truth. Both of these groups of people that have that type of mentality can be classified as vigilantes, bullies, or sociopaths, and are responsible for the destruction of our constitutional values and the erosion of personal freedoms in this country. I think the media or other organizations need to do a in depth investigation into the false assumptions and false data that has been used to further these laws and to research all the collateral damages being caused by these laws and the unconstitutional injustices that are occurring across the country. They should include these injustices in their report so the public can be better informed on what is truly happening in this country on this subject. Thank you for your time.

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