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Law student turns 6 today

Rebecca Berfanger
January 1, 2008
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While Feb. 29, which happens every four years, marks just another day for most, a first-year law student at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis will celebrate his sixth birthday today.

Mike Doversberger, an Elkhart native born Feb. 29, 1984, said he might use the birthday as a way to break the ice at a job interview today. Later, he will celebrate with friends and family.

"I like to put it on the resume that I graduated from Notre Dame (undergrad) before my 6th birthday and will finish law school before my 7th," he said.

On non-Leap Years, he considers March 1 to be his birthday, something that was important to note when he was old enough to legally go to bars with friends who had already celebrated 21 birthdays.

But because it's a Leap Year, this birthday "is a little more special. This year I will have six candles on the cake," he said.

He's also become somewhat of an expert on Leap Year trivia. For instance, Leap Year doesn't happen in the first year of centuries not divisible by 400. He said he feels lucky that he doesn't have to always explain this to people because 2000 is divisible by 400, so it was a Leap Year.

Doversberger said he tells everybody about his unusual birthday, because, "You never know. Who knows where I'll be by the big 7?" He said his wife probably tells people she's married to a 6-year-old.

He added, "Every year I've been written about in the media. Thanks for continuing the streak."
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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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