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IBA Frontlines - March 16, 2011

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Bill Watch for the Bar

Bill Watch is a service of the IndyBar Legislative Committee. During each week of the legislative session, the IndyBar distributes an updated report to its members that indicates the progress and recent actions taken on the bills being monitored by the association. To view this week’s report, go to www.indybar.org for Bill Watch.

Attorneys: We need you for Take a Law Student to Lunch!

With such an enthusiastic response by law students to Take a Law Student to Lunch, we need more attorneys to host students at this great annual event! This is the perfect opportunity for attorneys and students to network and socialize while enjoying lunch at the Conrad. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at the Conrad Indianapolis. Attorneys should register online at www.indybar.org. Student registration is now closed.

2011 Bench Bar Scholarship Applications Available

The Indianapolis Bar Association, in conjunction with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2011 Bench Bar Conference to be held June 16-18 at the French Lick Springs Resort & Casino. Named for an exceptional lawyer and Past President of the IndyBar, the Neil E. Shook Bench Bar Conference Scholarships are available to attorneys with preference given to those individuals demonstrating interest in active Indianapolis Bar Association and/or Indianapolis Bar Foundation participation AND to those in practice five year or less. The scholarship includes waiver of Friday Arrival Full Conference registration and Friday night lodging (a $430 value). Multiple scholarships are available. Application forms are available at www.indybenchbar.org and are due by May 1. Notifications will be made by May 5.

A New Lawyer Needing APC Credit?

The IndyBar has the Applied Professionalism Course for you. Featuring esteemed presenters and interactive breakout sessions, the IndyBar’s Applied Professionalism Course on April 28 is the perfect way to satisfy this credit requirement for attorneys in their first three years of practice. Register on the Bar’s website, www.indybar.org

Registration Open for POPBP Training

Interested in helping low-income women caught up in domestic violence? The next training session for Protective Order Pro Bono Project Volunteers will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15 at the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s office at 1915 W. 18th St. View additional details and register online at www.icadvinc.org. The training is free to those who take one case; 4 hours CLE credit, including 1 hour ethics, is available.•

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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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