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COA: Gun test-firing not an unlawful search

September 19, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Routine test-firing of handguns that police have in their custody isn't a violation of a person's Fourth Amendment rights, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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Appeals court reverses student's convictions

September 19, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a teenager's convictions for battery and disorderly conduct stemming from a face-off with an assistant principal and dean of students in the school cafeteria.
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Estate must be reimbursed for funeral expenses

September 18, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a trial court's approval of money received in a wrongful death suit of an Indianapolis attorney to be used to reimburse his estate for funeral and burial expenses.
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Commission admonishes Howard County judge

September 18, 2008
IL Staff
A Howard Superior judge has received a public admonition for his April 2008 actions in that county's prosecutor's office. In lieu of filing formal disciplinary proceedings, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications issued the admonition, as allowed by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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9th Circuit upholds Arizona immigration law

September 18, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Indiana lawmakers who want to pass legislation targeting employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants got ammunition from a federal appellate court ruling in California.
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Court: Evidence shows car was a gift

September 18, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
In a case of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals agreed with the trial court that a husband gave his wife a car as a gift, despite registering the title in both his name and his wife's name.
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Owners responsible for delinquent sewer fees

September 17, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
In a ruling that will affect property owners across the state, the Indiana Supreme Court today held property owners are ultimately responsible for the delinquent sewer bills of their tenants.
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ACLU wins day-old political-sign suit

September 17, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Within a day of filing a federal lawsuit regarding Plainfield's ordinance restricting political campaign signs, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana can claim another win on an issue that's becoming more prominent statewide.
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Plainfield political sign ordinance challenged

September 16, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Plainfield ordinance restricting political lawn signs.
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Judges differ in small claims court actionRestricted Content

September 16, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court's decision that the plaintiff had standing to file a small claims notice against his bankruptcy attorney, but the judges disagreed on whether the court erred in denying the attorney's motion for a change of judge.
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Arguments in gambling case Thursday

September 15, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals hits the road Thursday to hear arguments at Anderson University in a case involving a compulsive gambler and what duty the casino had to prevent her from gambling.
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Transfer granted in utilities case

September 15, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer Sept. 11 to a case involving a contract for the sale of electricity to a steel manufacturer.
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COA affirms joint legal custody

September 12, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a dissolution court's decision to grant joint legal custody of two minor children to the parents, finding the lower court followed Indiana statute in granting the custody.
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U.S. Chief Justice visits Notre Dame

September 12, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court visited students at the Notre Dame Law School this morning for a one-day appointment to the James J. Clynes Visiting Chair at the school.
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Candidates interviewed for St. Joseph judgeship

September 12, 2008
IL Staff
he St. Joseph Superior Court Judicial Nominating Committee interviewed 15 candidates today to fill a vacancy on St. Joseph Superior Court. The vacancy will be created when Judge William T. Means retires at the end of this month.
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Judge recipient of IU alumni award

September 12, 2008
IL Staff
Dearborn Superior Judge G. Michael Witte will receive the 2008 Indiana University Asian Alumni Association's Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievements and community service of Asian Pacific American Alumni of the school.
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Judge orders man to stay away from city offices

September 11, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
A man who had repeatedly threatened city employees is now barred from visiting South Bend governmental offices after a St. Joseph Circuit judge granted a workplace violence protective order and permanent injunction against the man.
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District judge's robing ceremony Friday

September 11, 2008
IL Staff
Hon. William T. Lawrence, the newest judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will be formally sworn in tomorrow at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis.
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Case vacated over jurisdictional questions

September 10, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals remanded a case to an Indiana District Court to determine whether the plaintiffs in a suit have citizenship in Indiana or Arizona.
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Masters named in Allen County judge's case

September 9, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court has appointed three judges to serve as masters in an Allen Superior judge's disciplinary misconduct action following an incident in another judge's courtroom.
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7th Circuit upholds jury award reductionRestricted Content

September 9, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a District Court's grant of a motion for judgment as a matter of law on a breach of contract claim, finding a previously granted jury award of damages was based on speculation.
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Supreme Court adopts new ethics rules

September 9, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court is adopting a new Code of Judicial Conduct based on the 2007 national model of the American Bar Association. The rules will become effective Jan. 1, 2009.
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Commission OK to rule on territory dispute

September 8, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed an order by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, finding the commission had the authority to hear a dispute between a town and a water company.
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Court not ready to create paralegal rule

September 8, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Supreme Court has declined to create a rule on paralegal registration for the state, putting a kink in an effort that's been under way for years.
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Partners receive public reprimand for ads' use

September 5, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
Two partners in the Indianapolis law firm Benkie & Crawford received public reprimands from the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday for attorney misconduct in their advertisements for legal services.
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  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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