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Supreme Court operations find new space

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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The Indiana Supreme Court has reached an agreement to move some of its operations from the National City Center downtown to a property formerly occupied by Eli Lilly.

The new, 10-year agreement is estimated to save taxpayers about $1 million over the course of the lease, and takes effect at the end of the year, said Justice Theodore Boehm, who has led the negotiations process for the state court.

This agreement means divisions of the Supreme Court, such as the Indiana Judicial Center, Division of State Court Administration, Board of Law Examiners, Continuing Legal Education, and Disciplinary commissions, will move into about 71,000 square-feet of space in the property at 30 S. Meridian. It's part of the 99,000 square-feet Lilly is abandoning this year and is currently owned by Kite Realty Group.

Those operations - along with the Indiana Tax Court and six of the 15 Court of Appeals judges - are currently housed in the National City Center. Justice Boehm said the tax and lower appeals court have their own leases and do not have to make the move.

Features that will help the Supreme Court operations are the larger amount of space that can accommodate growth, and a larger conference facility that can be especially useful for the Judicial Center's seminars and conferences. It's a slightly longer distance from the Statehouse, but has direct access through the Circle Centre Mall that can be beneficial on cold or bad weather days, he said.
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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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