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Hickey: 5,000 Wishes

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IBA-Hickey-ChristineI am reminded of the words to a song: five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year?

This year began with a wish: that the Indianapolis Bar Association would flourish and that our community of remarkable people, wonderful lawyers and great friends would grow even stronger. How do you measure a year? By those around you. Those with whom you affiliate, work, create, succeed, and those you call friends. People that you can count on, work with to solve a problem, share a pat on the back at the end of the day. Those people who tell it like it is, help to soften the blow, lead, follow, teach, and learn. We all play an integral role.

This month marks a milestone for the IndyBar. For the first time, our membership has grown to five thousand strong and counting. Five thousand lawyers, judges, law students, paralegals. Five thousand people who collectively make our Indianapolis legal community the wonderful place that it is to live and work. Five thousand people whose paths have crossed, who have shared something in common or worked together in one way or another throughout this year. Five thousand wishes realized.
 

iba-hickeyfamily-15col Chris, Dan, Chase and Taylor

For this holiday season, as the year draws to a close and another is upon us, I want to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to each and every one of you.

From my family to yours, may all of your wishes for this and the coming year come true.

Happiness. Health. The Love of Family. Friendship. Passion. Prosperity. Wonderment. Creativity. Gratitude. Accomplishment. Fun. Fulfillment. Contentment. Achievement. Blessings. Excitement. Opportunity. Humor. Peace. Inspiration. Appreciation. Success.

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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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