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Missing attorney found dead

Jennifer Nelson
October 23, 2008
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A Bremen attorney was found dead Oct. 20 by police in a field in northern Indiana. Ronald Sowers, 70, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Sowers was reported missing Oct. 19 and his disappearance was considered out of character. Jon Newcomb, a partner at Sowers Newcomb & Associates, said there was no indication that Sowers was upset or had any reason to commit suicide.

Sowers joined Newcomb's law office three years ago to help run the firm and practiced in personal injury and medical malpractice; Newcomb was seriously injured in a car accident in 1998 and unable to keep the office going on his own. As a result of his injuries, Newcomb didn't work often with Sowers in the office, but said Sowers was a talented attorney.

Sowers graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1965 and also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel. He practiced personal injury law for 30 years in Fort Wayne before moving to Florida in the 1990s, said Newcomb. Sowers was a past president and founder of the Indiana Board of Trial Advocates.

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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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