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IBA: Bar Announces Plans for Judicial Evaluation

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The Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (“JEPAC”) of the Indianapolis Bar Association will begin conducting its evaluation of 2012 candidates for Marion Superior Court at midnight Monday, January 9. The online survey will be sent to all members of the Indianapolis Bar Association; as well as attorneys from the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Marion County Public Defender Agency, and all attorneys that have entered an appearance in incumbent candidate courts since 2009.

Any additional attorneys who have entered an appearance in the last three years and who would like to complete the survey should contact Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org. The survey will close on January 18.

JEPAC is a non-partisan, not-for-profit corporation formed by the IndyBar in 2003 with the charge of “conducting and publicizing non-partisan surveys of Marion County judicial candidates to promote the fair and effective selection of qualified judicial candidates.” The primary means by which the purpose of JEPAC is fulfilled is through Judicial Candidate Surveys, and timely and effective public dissemination of the results. The survey is aimed at providing a fair and accurate assessment of the qualifications of individuals who desire to be candidates for judicial office.

Judicial candidates are also reminded to notify JEPAC of their candidacy by January 6, 2012, for inclusion in the judicial evaluation survey. To do so, please contact Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org.•

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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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