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State Senate creates new committee to study civil law

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The Indiana Senate has added a new committee to its roster to examine non-criminal legal issues.

The Committee on Civil Law will consider legislation on real property, domestic, tort and probate law along with other issues. Previously, civil matters were heard by the Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters Committee. That committee is now focusing on Corrections and Criminal Law.

Sen. Joe Zakas, R-Granger, has been appointed chair of the new committee. In making the appointment, Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, highlighted Zakas’ experience as an attorney and his service on the Judiciary Committee, the former Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters, and the Probate Code Study Commission.

“I welcome this added responsibility, and appreciate the confidence Sen. Long has shown,” Zakas stated in a press release. “This area is an important one for Hoosier communities, families and businesses.”

Also, Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, will chair the Committee on Financial Institutions, another new committee. This body was split from the Insurance Committee and will provide more focus upon banking laws and related matters.

Holdman was co-chair of the Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee.

In addition, Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, was appointed to the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee and Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, will chair the Judiciary Committee.

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  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

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  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

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