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iba-adl-15col.jpg Kathleen Lucas, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, was named the 2012 recipient of the IndyBar Women & the Law Division’s Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. Lucas, pictured here with daughter Tabitha, an associate at Lewis & Kappes, was honored at the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Dinner, which was preceded by the division’s “Women’s Legal History: Major Movements and Local Impact” seminar program at the Columbia Club on October 23.

iba-speednetworking-15col.jpg Attendees at this year’s Speed Networking event chat with Chris Hickey, Rubin & Levin PC, and Chris Baker, Hostetler & Kowalik PC, about practicing in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Speed Networking, which helped connect newer attorneys with their more experienced counterparts, was held on October 3 at the Columbia Club.

iba-st-15col.jpgThe IndyBar Solo/Small Firm section hosted its third annual “Surviving & Thriving” day-long CLE program on October 5. Pictured here, Marion Superior Court judges and court staff enlighten attendees by sharing some of their pet peeves and tips on how to follow ethical rules and court procedures while avoiding violating local practices. Miss this valuable program? Keep an eye out for the section’s upcoming CLE series for solo and small firm practitioners in 2013!
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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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