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Numerous judges were honored this year for their service to the community and commitment to higher education in 2010.

The Indiana Judicial Center, Indiana Supreme Court, and judges from around the state recognized nine judges for their 24 years of service on the bench during this year’s annual judicial conference. Those judges are: Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura, Lake Superior Court; Senior Judge Scott Bowers; Judge Dean A. Colvin, Marshall Superior Court 2; Justice Brent Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court; Judge Thomas Fisher, Indiana Tax Court; Senior Judge Steven Fleece; Judge Gregory Gillis, Lake Superior Court; Judge Daniel Molter, Newton Superior Court; and Judge Charles O’Connor, Shelby Circuit Court.

The Indiana Judicial Center also honored Steuben Circuit Judge Allen Wheat and Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland for their contribution to public information and education. Judge Wheat produced a video for teens on what happens in court as a result of a drunk-driving arrest. Holland was recognized for her reporting on the State of the Judiciary and the Judicial Nominating Commission process for selecting the new Supreme Court justice.

Twenty-two judges also completed Indiana Judicial College Certificates, which include judicial education in legal ability, judicial responsibility, and personal growth and development. A complete list of graduates can be found on the court’s website.

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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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