3 Things You MUST Know Before Entering the ITT Tech School of Criminal Justice

ITT Tech has about 80 locations in 30 states and is the largest operator in the US of post-secondary school technical education. The school has over 37,000 students in different streams of education. There are, however, a few things that you must know before entering the ITT Tech school of criminal justice.

1. ITT Tech school of criminal justice has come under criminal investigation initiated by the US Justice Department. Although the top management of the school has been given a clean chit by the Justice Department, investigations are still going on at some of the local campuses of ITT Technical Institute. But clean chit or not just ask yourself why an educational institution should come under a criminal investigation?

2. ITT Education Services Inc, the corporate entity that owns and manages ITT Tech has come under investigation by Securities Exchange Commision (SEC). Although the company has so far come out unscathed with no fines or penalties being imposed on it, the fact that it came under investigation should ring a few warning bells.

3. ITT Technical Institute is accredited by ACICS and not by any of the eight regional accrediting bodies that are funded by the US Department of Education. As a result many RA accredited schools may not accept or allow transfer of credits earned at ITT Tech school of criminal justice. Similarly many law enforcement agencies at the local, state or federal level may not accept degrees earned at ITT Tech school of criminal justice for purposes of employment.

Is a Lawyer a Debt Collector, and Should You Sue the Lawyer If You Can When Sued For Debt?

As many people know, original creditors are treated differently than debt collectors. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) applies, by and large, just to debt collectors and gives original creditors a relatively free ride. So where do lawyers fit in? And should you sue them if you can?

Lawyers Can Be Debt Collectors

Lawyers are not protected under the FDCPA. They can be, and as a practical matter the one suing you probably is, a debt collector. However, if the lawyer is representing an original creditor and acting in its name, he will be treated as an original creditor. If you are being sued by a debt collector, chances are good that the lawyer is also a debt collector, you can pretty much count on it. He can be sued for things he does wrong.

Before you go suing the lawyer, though, there are two things you should know: one has to do with your legal rights, and the other is more of a practical consideration.

Respondeat Superior

There is a concept in the law that makes people responsible for the things people who are acting as their agents do. This is known as “respondeat superior.” With a few exceptions, an employer is liable for the actions of an employee. That means a client is responsible for the actions of his or her lawyer. In general, this means that a debt collector is responsible for anything that its attorney does. Or to put it differently, you don’t need to sue the lawyer to attack the debt collector.

Should you do it anyway, though?

Tactical Considerations

Whether or not it makes sense to sue the lawyer is not an easy decision. I know you take the lawsuit personally-it represents a large threat to your personal and financial well-being. Naturally you want to strike back, personally, at the human person you see on the other side. The question is, though, is this the decision most likely to give you the most benefit? Is it most likely to cause them to drop the case and leave you alone?

I don’t know. Most of the time, the lawyers suing you regard your case from a purely business perspective attempting to maximize their profit and minimize the cost of suing you. And much of my approach to debt litigation has been to suggest that people exploit this business perspective by making your case unprofitable. That is relatively easy to do, although of course this isn’t always enough. If you sue the lawyer, you change her motivation. Then, instead of it being a merely business decision, you increase the personal stakes for the lawyer. It makes things unpleasant for the lawyer, no doubt, but it also motivates them to work much harder in many cases. You have multiplied your enemies.

A Final Legal Consideration

If you are suing the lawyer, your claim is not exactly a “counterclaim.” Instead, what you would probably do is counterclaim under the FDCPA against the debt collector and bring a third-party suit (within the same lawsuit) against the lawyer. The pleading is just called a third-party suit and names the lawyer as third-party defendant and states your claim in the same way the counterclaim did. Then the lawyer has to be served a summons. None of this is specially difficult, but it is time-consuming. Given the questionable benefit of suing the lawyer, I rarely thought it was worth spending the extra time. You’ll have to decide what makes sense to do in your case.

Law on Your Terms – Become the Lawyer You Want to Be

In the macho environment of the law, to express any lack of confidence, vulnerability or self-doubt has traditionally been regarded as weakness. Many women lawyers who were regarded as reliable and 100% capable suddenly find that their commitment is challenged (through no fault of their own) when they start a family.

So, what would it take for you to become the lawyer you want to be?

Refocus on what is really important to you. Build your resilience and re-energise.

Action Steps

1. Make a list of everything that is important to you about your career. What have you achieved over the last 5 years? What are your strengths and weaknesses? How can you turn you weaknesses into strengths?
2. What would being a lawyer on your terms look like? How would your life be different? Spend 10 minutes thinking and writing down your goals – short, medium and long term
3. List all the things that are likely to block your progress
4. Separate the blocks into those that you can influence and those that you cannot
5. Decide to let go of everything out of your control
6. Concentrate and only use your energy on those things that you can influence
7. Commit to taking one small step every day towards your goals
8. Remember to be successful you need both technical and “soft skill” expertise
9. Review your progress regularly
10. Enlist the help of a mentor (inside or outside your organisation). Use them as a sounding board and cheerleader to spur you on or give you that extra boost when your confidence dips.

Use these 10 steps to become the lawyer you want to be in 2009!

Hiring the Best Lawyer for Your Business

As a business owner, you understand the importance of hiring a lawyer that will best represent the interests of your business. You probably also have realized that choosing a lawyer is not the easiest task. The following tips will help ensure that you find the best lawyer for your business:

1. Research carefully and thoroughly to find the right legal expert. You want a lawyer that has an interest in your business and a desire to help you. Ask trustworthy professionals (i.e. accountants, bankers, other business-owners, etc.) around you for referrals. You might even consider checking with your state Bar association for a list of lawyers who specialize in business representation. When searching for the right lawyer ask for the lawyer’s references, and don’t hesitate to fact-check or call their references.

2. Interview a prospective lawyer. While good references are important, you shouldn’t base your final decision on what other people tell you. Most lawyers will charge a consultation fee, but realize that this is a small amount to pay to ensure that you choose the right lawyer to represent your business’ needs. When meeting with lawyer:

a. Be sure they have the right knowledge and experience to help you with your business’ particular needs. Ask lots of questions about how long they have been practicing, their specialties (i.e. bankruptcy, patent, merger and acquisition lawyer, etc.), past cases, etc.

b. Discuss legal fees and costs, how you will be billed, and what you are expected to pay.

c. Don’t rush the interview be sure that the lawyer has an adequate understanding of your business and your industry.

d. Find out their availability and how accessible they will be to help you when you need them.

e. Make sure they know that it is not acceptable for them to turn your case over to a legal assistant after your retainer is paid.

f. Ask to see samples of the types of legal forms that may be used for your business in the case that you may need your lawyer to prepare contracts and legal forms for you.

3. Once you’ve chosen a lawyer, be sure not to dump all of your problems on them at once. Instead, work with your lawyer to determine a strategy to tackle your questions and problems and don’t expect the lawyer to do everything for you. It is important that you do the things you are able to do, and let your lawyer do the things that he or she is there to do. That way you are both working together and on the same page.

Need a Divorce Lawyer? Tips for Choosing the Best Lawyer

Going through a divorce can be a very difficult process. Some divorces are quick; others require court and lawyers. If you happen to be in the latter category, you need a good lawyer. Choosing a lawyer is one of the most important things that you can do in your divorce. Here are three tips in choosing the best lawyer. The tips are: do your research, cost of the lawyer does not equal the level of service, do not be afraid to fire your lawyer.

Your lawyer is going to be the person who files all the papers and represents you in front of the judge. Ask friends and family for referrals to a lawyer. Make sure you ask what you liked about the lawyer and what you did not like about the lawyer. Before you sign any retainer agreements, interview them. When you make your appointment make sure that you ask if there are any consultation fees. You do not want any surprises.

Once you gather your information, you want weigh the costs versus the services. Each lawyer charges for different things. Some charge by the minute; some charge by 8th of the hour. You want to know if the lawyer charges for postage or hand-delivering documents. Do not forget that this is additional to the court fees. You want a lawyer who you feel comfortable with, who listens to your needs, and communicates well. Remember this person needs to represents your interests to the best of his or her ability. The cost he or she charges does not accurately reflect the service you are going to receive. For example, you can go with the biggest named law firm and have the worse lawyer on your team.

If you have chosen your lawyer and he or she is not representing you well in your case, you can fire your lawyer. Remember you want the best lawyer possible. Communication is very important in this situation. Before you fire your old lawyer, make sure that you have already obtained a new one. The new lawyer will send a discharge letter to the lawyer and file it with the court. The old lawyer will still charge you for time for discussing the case with the new lawyer and preparing your file for transfer. If you owe the old lawyer money, it will delay the release of your file to the new lawyer.

Even though it is a process, changing lawyers still can be done. That is why the first two tips are the most important. The average divorce takes a year. You want to have the best person representing you. If you choose the wrong lawyer, you could be paying for years for your mistake.