American Bar Association

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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ABA task force calls for more debt counseling, innovation

June 19, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The report released Friday by the American Bar Association Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education calls for enhanced law student debt counseling, wider collection and publication of law school financial data, and innovation at law schools to lower costs for students while maintaining sound educational programs.
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Indiana Tech to reapply for accreditation

June 17, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Just four days after meeting with law school officials and hearing their presentation about their approach to legal education, the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar denied granting provisional accreditation to the Fort Wayne law school.
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ABA denies provisional approval to Indiana Tech Law School

June 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Bar Association has denied provisional accreditation to Indiana Tech Law School.
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Retired ILS leader gets national honor

June 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Norman Metzger, retired executive director of Indiana Legal Services, is receiving national recognition for his work and dedication to providing legal assistance for the poor. 
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Indiana Tech Law School meets with ABA

June 8, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Officials from Indiana Tech Law School met with representatives from the American Bar Association June 5 to discuss the Fort Wayne school’s accreditation.
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IU McKinney drops LSAT requirement for select students

May 6, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A recent change in ABA rule is expected to spur law schools to start direct admission programs.
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Indiana Tech Law School slips in first round of accreditation

May 6, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School has failed to convince the American Bar Association to give provisional accreditation to its program, handing the Fort Wayne school a setback and raising questions about its students’ futures.
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2015 Law Day celebrates the Magna Carta

May 1, 2015
IL Staff
This year’s Law Day recognizes the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and its theme: No one is above the law.
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2014 law school grads see slight uptick in employment

May 1, 2015
IL Staff
National data released by the American Bar Association shows that the Class of 2014 has a slightly larger percentage of its graduates employed in long-term, full-time positions that require bar passage as compared with the Class of 2013.
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Indiana Tech Law School slips in first round of accreditation

May 1, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School has failed to convince the American Bar Association to give provisional accreditation to its program, handing the Fort Wayne school a setback and raising questions about its students’ futures.
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Rising cost of legal education sparked creation of ABA task force

February 25, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
At public law schools, the average tuition and fees across the country for in-state residents skyrocketed 123 percent between 2003 and 2013. Private law schools were marginally better, logging an increase of 64 percent, according to a 2014 analysis by Robert Kuehn, professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
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Online database shows convictions bring consequences beyond incarceration

December 17, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Bar Association has completed work on a national database that identifies the legal restrictions and prohibitions that individuals convicted of a crime face in addition to the sentence imposed by the court.
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ABA to prosecutors: Don’t give official letterhead to debt collection companies

November 12, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
The American Bar Association released a formal opinion Wednesday warning prosecutors that providing official letterhead to a debt collection company for its use may violate Rules of Professional Conduct.
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ABA provides guidance on sale of law practice

October 14, 2014
IL Staff
The American Bar Association has issued a formal opinion on the sale of a law practice, specifically as it relates to the seller in terms of “practice” and billing matters.
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Deans ready to comply with revised legal education standards

October 8, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Bar Association now requires more hands-on learning and student assessments throughout the course.
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Indiana Tech Law School hurries up and waits for ABA approval

October 8, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana’s newest law school has entered the long waiting period that comes with the accreditation process.
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Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

August 14, 2014
 Associated Press
The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for a different category of defendants: swindlers, embezzlers, insider traders and other white-collar criminals.
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Companies need to draft 'bring your own device' policies

August 13, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
While the convenience of handheld, portable computers enables employees to peruse email, communicate with clients and review documents without being tied to the office, the “bring your own device,” or BYOD, trend is creating tensions between how much access an employer can have to the worker-owned device and how much privacy an employee can expect.
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ABA releases tool to assess cognitive impairment

July 30, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
To help attorneys who are concerned about the intellectual fitness of another lawyer or judge, the American Bar Association has recently released a cognitive assessment tool. The “Working Paper on Cognitive Impairment and Cognitive Decline” is a questionnaire designed to give attorneys guidance in determining whether a partner or friend is just having a bad month or is suffering from something more serious. It also provides recommendations for talking to a colleague who is exhibiting troublesome behavior.
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Indiana Tech begins ABA accreditation proccess

May 7, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Tech Law School sent a letter in March notifying the ABA of its intent to seek accreditation and will submit a self-study in August which will explain what the school is about, where it wants to go and what challenges it faces. If the school does well it could have provisional approval by the end of the spring 2015 semester.
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ABA warns against 'liking' potential jurors

May 7, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Lawyers and judges say the opinion on the use of social media is needed.
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ABA committee formed to study law school cost and debt

May 6, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Former Mayor of Detroit Dennis Archer has been appointed to lead a special task force to examine the cost of legal education and the spiraling loan debt of students.
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  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

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  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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