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Merrillville attorney was considered foremost counsel on alcohol beverage law

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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Indiana has lost an attorney considered by colleagues to be one of the most educated lawyers in the state about alcohol beverage law.

Merrillville attorney Stephen M. Brenman died in his sleep early Tuesday morning. Colleagues said they were not yet aware of details and arrangements being finalized this week.

Brenman, a second-generation lawyer, practiced with his son, Jeremy, at their full-service, boutique Law Offices of Stephen M. Brenman. His office is closed until Monday, according to a recording at his office today.

The father-son pair has been well known in the legal community, especially in northwest Indiana, and boasted three generations of experience. Original family founder Irving I. Brenman died in 1998, according to the law firm Web site.

"Without a doubt, he was the most knowledgeable person on this," said South Bend attorney Mitch Heppenheimer, who considered Brenman a personal friend and has known him for at least 15 years. "He knew that code (Title 7) by heart, and even did his own index on the code. You could call him up and he ;d be able to tell you where exactly to find it without hesitating."
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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.

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  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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