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Former Schererville judge sentenced

July 23, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A former judge in Lake County received a 15-month federal prison sentence on Thursday, four years after being indicted for extortion and fraud, and two years after she pleaded guilty to getting kickbacks from more than 1,000 defendants that she'd sentenced to driving school and counseling classes she secretly owned and personally profited from.
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Committee gets feedback on child support rules

July 18, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Creative suggestions came from a public hearing today about how to modify Indiana's child support rules and guidelines.
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Indy attorney named Notre Dame AD

July 17, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A longtime partner at Baker & Daniels' Indianapolis office is leaving the law firm after 28 years to become the new athletic director at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.
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7th Circuit rules on FMLA caseRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a medical-leave decision from an Indianapolis judge who's since joined that appellate bench.
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Valpo law dean to visit Republic of Georgia

July 10, 2008
IL Staff
The dean of Valparaiso University's School of Law will travel to the Republic of Georgia next week to help the country begin a major reform of its legal system during a two-day conference.
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2 Supreme Court arguments Thursday

July 7, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear two arguments Thursday, including a death penalty appeal by a man whose appeal has already once been denied by the justices.
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3 get judge, commissioner discipline case

June 23, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Disciplinary actions against a Marion County judge and his commissioner have been consolidated into one case and the Indiana Supreme Court has assigned three special judges to the proceedings.
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7th Circuit upholds antitrust suit dismissalRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by a U.S. District Court in Indiana which threw out a case involving Marathon Petroleum Company and its dealers because the dealers couldn't prove the company violated the Sherman Act.
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Worker's comp claim bars med mal complaintRestricted Content

June 18, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the denial of a hospital's motion to dismiss a medical malpractice complaint because the claimant, who was employed by the hospital and on duty at the time of the injury, could only file a complaint against the employer under the Worker's Compensation Act.
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Administrative remedies must be exhausted

June 5, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
Prisoners who file suits for damages before exhausting all administrative remedies are not entitled to a jury trial to debate factual issues relating to the exhaustion under the Seventh Amendment, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.
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$1.25 million med mal verdict affirmedRestricted Content

June 3, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a $1.25 million jury verdict and in doing so ruled on three issues of first impression that will likely impact future medical malpractice suits.
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Wanted: new federal magistrate

May 29, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Attorneys who want to be a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana can now apply.
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7th Circuit: No First Amendment rights violationRestricted Content

May 22, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment in favor of a northern Indiana school board regarding prior restraint and First Amendment retaliation claims made by a teacher.
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Voter ID questions remain after SCOTUS ruling

May 14, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The primary election in Indiana has come and gone. Voters had to show photo identification, the same as in other recent elections, but it was the first since the nation's highest court upheld the almost three-year-old state statute requiring specific ID at the polls.
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7th Circuit affirms in questionable merger case

May 1, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The judges of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals took a plaintiff to task for filing a frivolous appeal and evading regulations of the Securities Act of 1933.
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7th Circuit panel opines practical tipsRestricted Content

April 4, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has some practical advice for criminal law attorneys who go before federal judges: have handy a copy of federal criminal procedure rules, particularly those involving plea discussions at sentencing, and don't be afraid to correct or point out omissions to a judge.
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3 grants available for courts, judges

March 21, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court and the Division of State Court Administration have announced three grants available for court reform studies and education.
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Women's rights expert to speak at Valpo

March 20, 2008
IL Staff
Women's rights around the world will be the topic of the 25th Annual Edward A. Seegers Lecture, "Women's Status, Men's States," March 28 at Valparaiso University School of Law.
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7th Circuit jury instructions open for public review

February 29, 2008
IL Staff
The 7th Circuit Pattern Civil Jury Instructions Committee is looking for public comments on proposed pattern patent civil jury instructions for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Valpo grad lands sports law 'dream job'

February 22, 2008
Rebecca Berfanger
A Valparaiso University School of Law 2006 graduate who participated in the school's Sports Law Clinic, including the clinic's work in Turin, Italy, during the 2006 Winter Olympics, will begin work with the United States Anti-Doping Agency in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 10.
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7th Circuit jurist guest judge for competition

February 21, 2008
IL Staff
The final round of the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition will have several distinguished guest judges on the panel, including a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge.
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7th Circuit, Supreme Court arguments Friday

February 20, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Anyone wanting to watch or listen to appellate arguments in federal or state court will have a chance Friday.
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Plea agreement spurs lawyer to resign

February 11, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
An Indiana attorney who accepted cocaine from a client as payment for legal services has resigned from the bar.
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ACLU sponsors charter school discussion

February 4, 2008
IL Staff
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana's First Wednesdays are back in session starting Feb. 6 with a discussion about charter schools and school vouchers to occur at the same place and time as past First Wednesdays, noon to 12:50 p.m., at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St.
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Zachary's Law case could go to SCOTUS

January 30, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Attorney General's Office wants the nation's highest court to review the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from last summer on a death-penalty case, which inspired Zachary's Law that requires convicted child molesters to register their addresses in a statewide public database.
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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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