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Attorneys suspended over registration fees

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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More than twice as many Indiana practicing attorneys were suspended this year for not paying their registration fees, compared to 2006.

Those 133 attorneys were suspended this week from the practice of law - on top of 111 colleagues also suspended this week for not meeting continuing legal education requirements.

A set of two orders came from the Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday, though the registration fee suspension order wasn't immediately available from the courts. It was posted online late Thursday. The orders come as an annual, routine task this time of year by the state's highest court. Both take effect June 12.

Overall, out-of-state attorneys comprised the bulk of each list - 52 were suspended for unpaid registration fees, while 41 non-Indiana based attorneys were suspended for not meeting education rules.

This year's suspensions are much higher than those in 2006, when 97 attorneys were suspended for not meeting CLE requirements and 65 were suspended for nonpayment of attorney fees, according those previous orders.

The registration fee order In the Matter of the Nonpayment of Attorney Registration Fees lists attorneys suspended for not complying with Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 2.

That same day, justices issued an order In the Matter of Failure to Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements that listed the 111 for not meeting requirements of Admission and Discipline Rule 29, Sections 3 or 10.

Any attorney listed can be reinstated by complying with the reinstatement procedures and paying any necessary penalties.
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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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