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The Indiana State Bar Association honored two Court of Appeals judges at its annual meeting Oct. 20 in French Lick.

The bar presented the David Hamacher Public Service Award to Chief Judge Margret G. Robb and the Women in the Law Recognition Award to Judge Melissa S. May.

The Hamacher award, sponsored by the state bar’s Appellate Practice Section, honors high moral character and ethical standards, service to the community and peacemaking qualities. The Appellate Practice Section recognized Robb’s dedication to the practice of law, her commitment to and participation in continuing legal education programs at the state and national level and her many contributions to community service.

May’s award honored her dedication to helping women advance in the legal profession.

May is an Elkhart native who earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1984. She practiced law in Evansville for 14 years before her appointment to the appeals court in 1998. She is currently the Presiding Judge of the Fourth District.

Robb was appointed to the appeals court in July 1998.  She holds a bachelor’s and master’s in Business Economics from Purdue University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from IU School of Law-Indianapolis. She is a graduate of the Graduate Program for Indiana Judges. In 2011, her court colleagues elected her as the first woman chief judge in the court’s 110-year history.

The state bar’s annual meeting concludes Oct. 21 with the Randall T. Shepard Award Celebration.

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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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