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AG swears in new victims’ advocate

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The new director of victim advocacy programs for the Indiana Attorney General’s Office was sworn in at 11 a.m. today in the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis Wynne Courtroom.

Deputy Attorney General Michelle Bumgarner, a graduate of the law school, was admitted to the bar Dec. 17, according to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys. She will draw on her personal experience as a domestic-violence survivor in her new role.

The AG’s office offers many options for support and services to victims, including updates and information about the criminal appeals process, resources and referrals to other service providers, and information on how to set up a confidential P.O. Box for victims of domestic violence who have moved out of their homes.

Bumgarner’s new job will include studying the current programs and looking for ways to improve them while meeting the requirements of the federal Victims of Crime Act grant, a funding source for the victim advocacy programs she will oversee.

Bumgarner has succeeded former director Mellisica Flippen, who was in that position for several years and recently left for another job, said Bryan Corbin, public information officer for the AG’s office.
 

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  4. Law school is social control the goal to produce a social product. As such it began after the Revolution and has nearly ruined us to this day: "“Scarcely any political question arises in the United States which is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question. Hence all parties are obliged to borrow, in their daily controversies, the ideas, and even the language, peculiar to judicial proceedings. As most public men [i.e., politicians] are, or have been, legal practitioners, they introduce the customs and technicalities of their profession into the management of public affairs. The jury extends this habitude to all classes. The language of the law thus becomes, in some measure, a vulgar tongue; the spirit of the law, which is produced in the schools and courts of justice, gradually penetrates beyond their walls into the bosom of society, where it descends to the lowest classes, so that at last the whole people contract the habits and the tastes of the judicial magistrate.” ? Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

  5. Attorney? Really? Or is it former attorney? Status with the Ind St Ct? Status with federal court, with SCOTUS? This is a legal newspaper, or should I look elsewhere?

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