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Federal magistrate to retire

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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A federal magistrate judge in Indianapolis will step down from the bench in early December.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge John Paul Godich in the Southern District announced this week plans to retire Dec. 6. This is his second retirement after leaving the federal court bench full time in 2001; he took recall status that year and continued working part time in a senior judge-type capacity.

Judge Godich has served more than 34 years on the court, having been appointed Oct. 1, 1973 and reappointed to three successive eight-year terms. Prior to his magistrate judge service, the 1969 Yale Law School graduate served as a law clerk to the late Judge Hugh Dillin for two years and worked in private practice until his judicial appointment.

After he retired, Magistrate Tim A. Baker joined the court to succeed him before Judge Godich took recall status.
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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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