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Friday, March 12, 2010
Read the Twelve Points at www.the12points.com. Mention that "IndyLaw Net" sent you, because I will find that funny.
Friday, May 04, 2007
I know that we have posted these in the past, so here is the "Pass List" for the February 2007 Indiana Bar Exam.
Monday, April 02, 2007
This message is directly from the SBA:
IUPUI is recommending a fee increase of approximately $250-$300 (per semester) starting next semester! IUPUI’s fee increase recommendation has been attached to this e-mail [links provided below]. More information on the fee can be found at http://www.iupui.edu/sli/review.html. This would be an additional fee above any fee raise the law school may institute.- IUPUI Student Fee Increase Proposal (.pdf)
- Opposition to IUPUI Student Life Initiative (.pdf)
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Senator Arlen Specter, along with two other Republicans and three Democrats, has introduced legislation "to require the court to televise its proceedings."
I think this is a terrible idea? What do you think?
In addition to my misgivings (which include the typical arguments against televising the proceedings), I am skeptical that any legislation could force the Supreme Court's hand on this matter. Such legislation would implicate the separation of powers and the court would be the final arbiter over any controversy.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
"This is a neat place. It has the potential to be one of the elite institutions. With the proper resources, the school can be as good as it wants to be. One of my goals is to increase the resources."
This statement made by Gary Roberts in his opening remarks to those gathered at yesterday's forum set the theme for the entire forum--a theme Roberts is sure to focus on once he takes over the Dean position next year.
When asked about his budgetary priorities, Roberts emphasized that the budget is not under the unilateral control of the Dean and the budgetary process must engage the faculty, students, staff, and alumni. He did mention one area of particular budgetary concern:
"Scholarship money has got to be increased. The amount we give now is almost criminal."
He also said that we need to increase funding to the school's various programs and increase the number and pay of the faculty, but he was frank in saying that the school can only spend as much as its able to take in. To that end he plans on engaging a capital campaign drive, including the addition of endowed chairs and professorships.
In response to questions regarding the school's ranking and reputation, Roberts said the school should hire a full time public relations official as soon as the budget allows. He pointed out that this approach helped Tulane's national reputation. For example, he stated that Tulane's PR official would contact numerous members of the press across the nation when a particular legal matter made the news, informing them of Tulane faculty that could speak on the matter.
Roberts also stressed that he did not want to become isolated from the students: "This place belongs to you much more than it does to me." He says he'd like to teach a class, hopefully on sports law, and he plans to send a bi-weekly e-mail to the student body keeping them up-to-date on the law school's developments.
Finally, when asked by SBA President Matt Morgan about communication, Dean Roberts described how Tulane was dealing with the issue. He says that Tulane actually prohibited mass e-mailings--realizing the inefficiency of that method--and had created a message board page on the law school's intranet for important postings.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Over the break I had a chance to catch up on some reading. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, a University of Chicago Professor and repected young economist, was one of the books I chose. Levitt takes a unique approach by examining everyday life situations and breaking down the statistics. He explains, among a list of interesting topics, why a gun in the home is less dangerous than a pool in the backyard, how real estate agents might not always get you the best deal, why most drug dealers still live at home, and most interestingly, how crime rates in major cities actually shrunk throughout the '90s.
Concerning the crime rates in the '90s (please forgive me for my mediocre summarizing skills), the Roe v. Wade decision was responsible for shrinking the population in the inner cities, which in turn, resulted in a lower amount of children being exposed to the adverse conditions which tend to lead to a life of crime. He explores the numbers in depth and ends up making a convincing argument that the Roe v. Wade decision did eventually lead to a drop in the crime rate of major cities. Trust me, he does a much better job at making this argument.
As a law student, I found it amazing to think of the possibility of the unintended long term effects of judicial decisions. I know we focus on policy concerns in class, but almost 100% of the time we are only thinking in the box of the issue with which we are concerned. I would recommend this book for the simple reason that it demands it's readers to look at the bigger picture. I think some of us forget this from time to time.
Friday, January 26, 2007