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Lucas: Expanded coverage helps you stay informed

Kelly Lucas
December 7, 2011
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EidtPerspLucas-sigReaders of Indiana Lawyer’s daily email may have noticed that we have a new look. We listened to the ways our digital readers say they use the news provided, and we’ve adjusted the format to better serve you – our IL subscribers.

For some time now, the IL daily has provided readers timely notice of Indiana case opinions handed down by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Tax Court. Stories highlighting decisions impacting the practice of law and other legal happenings have been part of our regular lineup.

Beginning Dec. 1, the IL staff expanded its court opinion coverage, now including a short review of all For Publication opinions issued by these courts. It is our hope that providing you a snapshot of the court’s decision and link to the opinion on each and every For Publication decision, rather than a select few, will enable all readers, regardless of practice area, to benefit on a regular basis from this daily news report. All Not-For-Publication opinions will continue to be listed in the IL daily with topic and a digital link to the full opinion.

We have also added a social media bar at the end of each story posted on our website – theIndianaLawyer.com. We encourage you to post stories of interest to your Facebook page and share the news via social media.

A survey released last week by the Indiana State Bar Association revealed nearly 70 percent of respondents say they use social media. ISBA public relations committee chair Séamus Boyce reiterated that social media has become an important tool in the typical Indiana lawyer’s life, and that trend is likely to continue. See the story about this survey on page 3.

It is a 24/7 world where life moves fast, and we are all in this together. The IL daily delivers same-day court opinions and other legal news directly to your inbox. The email links you to our website, the home of Indiana’s latest legal news. If you have not signed up for this free service, visit the Indiana Lawyer and select the “subscribe” tab to learn more.

The IL is doing its part to help you stay informed. As always, please contact me if you have ideas or suggestions. I can be reached at klucas@ibj.com or 317-472-5233.•

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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