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Trust created for children of attorney killed by her husband, arrangements set

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A trust has been created for the children of an attorney who was killed by her husband last week.

Mary Jane Frisby, 44, a former Barnes & Thornburg partner, was found dead in her Brownsburg home by police Aug. 26 hours after her husband, David, climbed atop a downtown Indianapolis parking garage and committed suicide.

The trust for Sam Frisby and Cassandra (Casey) Frisby, has been set up at The National Bank of Indianapolis, 107 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. All donations should be made payable to "Trust for the Children of Mary Jane Vincent Frisby."

A first-generation American of British parents, Mary Jane Frisby graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 2000. She started that same year at Barnes & Thornburg, where she worked in the intellectual property group. She left the law firm Aug. 20 to start a new position as an IP-focused general counsel at Cummins.

In addition to her two children, Frisby is survived by her parents Geoffrey and Adele Vincent; sister, Wendy Stoll; nephew, Ben Stoll; niece, Lucy Stoll; and several relatives in England, Scotland, Canada, and New Zealand. She was preceded in death by her brother, Christopher Vincent.

A private service will be Sept. 2, 2010, followed by a graveside service Sept. 4, 2010, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Murphysboro, IL. Arrangements were handled by Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel.
 

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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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