Opinion

Badger: Free speech over the Internet put to the test

February 15, 2012
Free expression in this country has withstood repeated assault during times of political upheaval.
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DeGroote: The new social network - return to the bar

February 15, 2012
With more demands on my time, I find myself less involved in the state, local, and firm activities and social events. Apparently, I am not alone.
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Dean's Desk: Value and delivery in law school education

February 15, 2012
Jay Conison
Valparaiso University Law School Dean Jay Conison writes that criticizing law schools is the new national pastime.
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Start Page: Exploring alternatives to using email

February 15, 2012
Kim Brand
Email is war – you are a prisoner. Your inbox, once littered with annoying spam, now delivers a super-abundance of information. The torrent defies your effort to organize, classify, prioritize and respond to those that are critical versus those that are merely interesting. Bad news: it’s only going to get worse.
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Technology Untangled: Intel WiDi laptops provide wireless HDTV display

February 1, 2012
Stephen Bour
Stephen Bour looks at using WiDi for law firm and courtroom presentations.
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BGBC: Calculating lost profits requires analysis

February 1, 2012
Computing the lost profits of a business as a result of a wrongful act is a complex task. And many times, the question to ask is: “But for” a wrongful act, what would the profits be? What would the value be?
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Dean's Desk: Indianapolis law school enters new era

January 18, 2012
Robert H. McKinney School of Law Dean Gary R. Roberts writes about the multi-million dollar gift the Indianapolis law school received in December 2011.
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Lucas: IL puts the call out for leaders in the law

January 18, 2012
Kelly Lucas
Lucas encourages nominations for an up-and-coming lawyer or distinguished barrister for Indiana Lawyer's Leadership in Law awards.
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Sidebars: Super sandwich list misses the mark

January 18, 2012
Jennifer Lukemeyer, Fred Vaiana
Frederick Vaiana suggests what sandwiches should have made the list of the state's top 46 sandwiches.
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Federal Bar Update: Removal and venue changes now in effectRestricted Content

January 18, 2012
John Maley
Maley writes about the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011.
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Lucas: Trial reports give glimpse into litigation strategies

January 4, 2012
The Indiana Lawyer would like to revive the trial report section of the newspaper in 2012.
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Start Page: Protecting those pesky passwords is necessary evil

January 4, 2012
Kim Brand
Author Kim Brand says: you don’t like passwords or complicated password policies and you don’t think a secure password is worth the trouble.
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Book review: 'Judge the Jury' looks at juror handwriting

December 21, 2011
Rodney Nordstrom
Trial consultant Rodney Nordstrom offers his thoughts on Alice Weiser's book on using graphoanalysis to pick jurors.
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Federal Bar Update: Removal and venue changes are on the horizonRestricted Content

December 21, 2011
John Maley
With the recent passage of the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011, key statutory changes to removal and venue are on the horizon.
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Judge in high-stakes suit praises lawyers

December 21, 2011
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis class-action attorney Irwin Levin just helped lead a legal team that is going to collect more than $6.7 million in fees in a high-profile Iowa lawsuit involving price fixing in the concrete industry.
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Technology Untangled: Using smartphones to enhance shopping

December 7, 2011
Stephen Bour
With the holiday season in full swing, Stephen Bour looks at some smartphone applications that you may find helpful in your quest for the perfect gifts at the perfect price.
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Lucas: Expanded coverage helps you stay informed

December 7, 2011
Kelly Lucas

Editor Kelly Lucas discusses changes to the Indiana Lawyer daily.

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Indiana Judges Association: Dealing with different takes on language

December 7, 2011
David Dreyer
A trial judge’s job is often befuddling. We have to differentiate between peoples’ language, their values, even their competing views about what language means.
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Column: Innovative trial techniques on a shoestring budget

November 23, 2011
Editorial Indiana
Legal technology consultant Deanna Finney offers inexpensive trail and practice strategies that all lawyers can incorporate.
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Lucas: Maintaining your Thanksgiving state of mind

November 23, 2011
Kelly Lucas
IL Editor Kelly Lucas writes about keeping a focus on issues of importance and that maintain sense of gratitude.
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Column: Learning to be thankful can improve your life

November 23, 2011
Jonna Kane MacDougall
Quality of Life columnist Jonna Kane MacDougall discusses how gratitude can improve a person's life.
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Column: Does your client's business have a will?

November 9, 2011
Investment firm managing director Greg Maurer wants attorneys to ask their business clients "What happens to my business if I die tomorrow?"
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Column: ISBA Young Lawyers Section has busy year

November 9, 2011
Michael Jasaitis writes about the activities performed by the state bar's Young Lawyers Section and the benefits of joining.
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Morris: It's election season - is anyone paying attention?

November 9, 2011
IBJ Media president Greg Morris writes about the importance of participating in civic life.
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Lucas: State bar emphasizes attorney wellness in 2012

November 9, 2011
Kelly Lucas
Editor Kelly Lucas writes about the Indiana State Bar Association's emphasis on attorney fitness and wellness.
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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  2. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  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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