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The Ranking Game

We are all proud that Maurer recently jumped up to number 23 in the U.S. News & World Report Rankings.  Many people consider these rankings to be the most important in the legal education world, but that doesn’t mean that your criteria for a law school matches perfectly with your own requirements.  For that personal touch, or just to make sure that you understand the strength and weaknesses of ranking systems in general, you might want to take a look at The Ranking Game.

The Ranking Game was created several years ago by our own Prof. Stake, and it allows you to rank law schools based on criteria that you select.  Not only can you choose to give a great deal of weight to the size of the law library, but you can also choose to make the number of Tibetan restaurants within 400 meters part of your criteria.  Go play around a little!

Things are Looking Up for Prof. Johnsen!

According to today’s CQ article entitled Democrats May Have Enough Votes to Confirm Johnsen, Reid Says.  Go take a look!

Swine Flu

Information on Swine Flu can be found at the CDC and at the Indiana State Department of Health.

Arlen Specter Switches Parties

Many of you probably know by now that long time Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has decided to join the Democratic Party.  It is difficult to say at this point what effect this will have on our political system-in his statement today Specter says that the switch does not mean that he will vote the democratic party-line or that he can be counted on as a 60th vote for cloture.  Near and dear to the hearts of the Maurer community, though, is the question of whether or not Specter will change his stance on Prof. Dawn Johnsen.  It looks like he will continue his opposition of her nomination.  As an article in today’s local Herald-Times points out, Prof. Johnsen enjoys support from a variety of sources, however, according to the Wall Street Journal blog, even with his change Sen. Specter is not one of them.  It is also unclear whether Sen. Specter’s opinion will be altered by his reported decision to join the Wu-Tang Clan.

U.S. News & World Report

As most of you probably know by now, the IU Maurer School of Law has jumped 13 places in the U.S. News & World Reports law school rankings, bringing us up to #23.  Not only that, but six other IU programs are in the top 25 of their rankings.  Congratulations to all!

Government Websites

Yesterday we mentioned that you can check the status of your tax return on the Indiana government website, but you can, in fact, do so much more than that. is a great place to go for free Indiana legal research.  You can browse or search the Indiana Code or Administrative Code.  It makes it easy to track a bill, contact your legislator, grab a form you need, or brush up on the local court rules.  You can also look at various areas of law by topic.  All that and more is in the Law & Justice section-it gets even better when you look at their myriad other resources.  It is definitely a site that bears exploring. 

More than that, though, looking at state and federal government websites is a good practice in general.  Whatever state you are in, whatever area of law you practice, chances are excellent that the local state website has lots of good and (maybe more importantly) free information for you.  For example, one of the helpful things that the federal government website,, does is give you a list of links to the state government websites.  We’ve said it before-knowing your resources is key, especially for first and summer jobs.

Obama’s Judicial Picks

Indiana has been singled out at the home of first President Obama’s first judicial pick.  Judge David Hamilton was nominated last week, and will, according to CNN, be something of a test case for the appointment process.  Judicial selection has been very controversial in past years, and this year looks to be no different.  Obama has more than 50 vacancies to fill, and already people are arguing whether Judge Hamilton is a moderate or a liberal.  For more, see articles here, here, and here.

Prof. Johnsen’s Nomination Approved!

Congratulations, Prof. Johnsen!  You can check out the last few minutes of the live webcast here.

Dawn Johnsen Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

The next step in Prof. Johnsen’s nomination to the Office of Legal Counsel is today, at ten o’clock.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will be discussing her nomination in their “Executive Business Meeting.”  Want to watch?  Go check out the meeting’s webcast!

Prof. Johnsen’s Confirmation Hearing Today

At 2:00 PM today our own Prof. Dawn Johnsen is slated for a hearing on her nomination to the Office of Legal Counsel, as Assistant Attorney General.  Earlier we mentioned that the Senate Judiciary Committee has a page of materials for Prof. Johnsen’s hearing.  You can also watch the webcast there, or on C-SPAN, either from the comfort of home or on C-SPAN’s live stream online. If you prefer a more social experience, stop by the Moot Court Room between 2:10 and 5:00 to watch!

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