Opinion

Munson: Lawyer. Hero. Human. All in a day’s work

June 1, 2016
As a new attorney, I was amazed at the power three little letters, E-S-Q, carried behind my name. Signing my title behind my name was akin to donning a superhero cape.
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Ira: Artificial intelligence raises questions, has great promise

June 1, 2016
New lawyers face a volatile future given the recent surge of technology capable of automating many tasks traditionally performed by lawyers.
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Column: Federal Trade Secrets Act signed into law

June 1, 2016
On May 11, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 into law, thereby creating, for the first time, a federal system of trade secrets law.
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Federal Bar Update: Southern District’s proposed local rule on court appointments

June 1, 2016
John Maley
As an active participant in drafting and review of the Local Rule, this author has observed first-hand the careful, thoughtful and patient consideration by the court of the clear need for more lawyers to take on more pro bono cases in the court, and the balance of limits on an individual lawyer’s time and resources to take on these cases.
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Plugged In: Untangling those unwanted emails from your inbox

June 1, 2016
Deanna Marquez
One of the most mismanaged items across businesses today is the email inbox.
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Dean's Desk: Students, faculty, alumni changing lives for the better

June 1, 2016
Andrew Klein
A legal education gives people the power to change lives for the better. I am proud to share some examples based on efforts from students, faculty and alumni of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
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Hammerle On… 'The Nice Guys,' 'Money Monster'

June 1, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Money Monster" is a very entertaining film.
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Billionaires are allowed to pay for people to sue their enemies

May 26, 2016
Bloomberg Analysis
One of the weirder court cases in recent memory became even stranger this week when news broke that Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker was being secretly funded by billionaire Peter Thiel.
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Dean's Desk: Anatomy of a decision to start a tax clinic

May 18, 2016
Nell Jessup Netwon
Notre Dame Law students will soon have the opportunity to learn tax law by practicing it under the close supervision of full-time expert faculty. It is an exciting development for all of us at the law school. Moreover, at a time of straitened budgets, we have secured financing from the IRS for the clinic, a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
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Start Page: Give yourself a fresh perspective on Outlook

May 18, 2016
Seth Wilson
A few suggestions on modifying Outlook can help you get more out of the email system by better organizing to boost efficiency and productivity.
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Biederman and Burke: Quality ESI governance good strategy

May 18, 2016
Raymond Biederman, Sean Burke
Good information governance entails creating processes by which companies can reduce the amount of unnecessary data they keep while using the remainder more efficiently. It consists of a set of interwoven policies carefully designed to help companies defensibly and responsibly reduce the amount of their useless data while being mindful of their regulatory and business requirements to keep data for specified periods of time.
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Indiana Judges Association: Are we heading toward a ‘gig’ legal profession?

May 18, 2016
David Dreyer
Changes in the legal landscape are of course parallel to what is happening everywhere. Lawyers used to function and prosper well during any economic or social circumstances. Law firms seemed to be immune to barriers and uncertainties facing other business entities. But today, as Jerry Garcia once wrote, "if the thunder don't get ya, the lightnin' will."
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Hammerle On… 'Captain America: Civil War', 'Sing Street'

May 18, 2016
Robert Hammerle
The latest Marvel superhero film 'Captain America: Civil War' leaves Hammerle singing, 'I Hate Myself for Loving You.'
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Dean's Desk: New faculty continue legacy of legal scholarship

May 4, 2016
Austen Parrish
Inspired and challenged by the school's awesome legacy, IU Maurer has been fortunate to recruit some of the most promising rising stars in legal education today, all of whom are classroom standouts as well.

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Keyes: An alternative alternative dispute resolution process

May 4, 2016
The components of structured negotiation are not new; people resolve problems every day without resorting to litigation. But now the process has been better defined, refined and expanded.
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Neutral Corner: Recent appellate case raises mediation issues

May 4, 2016
John Van Winkle
The recent Indiana Court of Appeals decision Jonas v. State Farm Life Ins. Co., ____N.E. 3d ______, 2016 WL 1248589 (Ind. Ct. App. 2016) highlights several issues concerning mediation and settlement in both state and federal courts.
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Jones: Examining the evolution of hospitals’ vicarious liability

May 4, 2016
The evolution of legal precedent regarding vicarious liability claims has left hospitals shifting in their seats.
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Hammerle on ... 'The Jungle Book,' 'Elvis & Nixon'

May 4, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says "Elvis & Nixon" is a hidden cinematic gem.
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Davee: Initial trademark considerations when advising clients

April 20, 2016
When helping the client form their business, there are several items that should be discussed early on, particularly if the client has any desire to pursue federal trademark registration.
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Nguyen: Is Circuit jurisdictional battle judicial wisdom or patent envy?

April 20, 2016
Having legitimate grounds to hear cases involving patent issues comes with a responsibility that regional circuits must address.
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Hammerle on ... 'City of Gold,' 'Hardcore Henry,' 'I Saw the Light,' 'Midnight Special'

April 20, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Bob Hammerle says you might consider looking up these movies for home viewing.
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Making Rain: Allocating resources to keep your clients

April 20, 2016
Dona Stohler
Recent studies indicate that firms that increase client retention by just 5 percent grow revenues by 25 percent. Who wouldn’t vote for 25 percent more revenue?
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Living Fit: Could you be diabetic and not know it?

April 20, 2016
Sharon McGoff
Type 2 diabetes cases have quadrupled in the past three decades, largely (pun intended) due to our lifestyle choices.
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Hammerle On …

April 6, 2016
Robert Hammerle
Take Bob Hammerle's advice on the latest superhero blockbuster: Forget the hokey script and see "Batman v Superman" at an IMAX theater.
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Inside the Criminal Case: When your client is speaking to others

March 23, 2016
James Bell, K. Michael Gaerte
“Say nothing.” This advice seems simple enough, but any attorney with a few years under his or her belt knows that the advice is often not heeded.
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  1. IF the Right to Vote is indeed a Right, then it is a RIGHT. That is the same for ALL eligible and properly registered voters. And this is, being able to cast one's vote - until the minute before the polls close in one's assigned precinct. NOT days before by absentee ballot, and NOT 9 miles from one's house (where it might be a burden to get to in time). I personally wait until the last minute to get in line. Because you never know what happens. THAT is my right, and that is Mr. Valenti's. If it is truly so horrible to let him on school grounds (exactly how many children are harmed by those required to register, on school grounds, on election day - seriously!), then move the polling place to a different location. For ALL voters in that precinct. Problem solved.

  2. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  3. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

  4. And with a whimpering hissy fit the charade came to an end ... http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/07/27/all-charges-dropped-against-all-remaining-officers-in-freddie-gray-case/ WHISTLEBLOWERS are needed more than ever in a time such as this ... when politics trump justice and emotions trump reason. Blue Lives Matter.

  5. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

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