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Law student honored for cross-country golf fundraiser

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Luke Bielawski was honored Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse for his novel fundraising efforts. The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law student made headlines last year when he hit golf balls across the country to raise money for an Indianapolis high school serving at-risk students.

Bielawski kicked off his venture, “From Tee to Shining Tee” in May at the Pacific Ocean and hit and putted golf balls across the U.S. for 93 days. He hit his last ball in Kiawah Island, S.C.

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Bielawski’s fundraising campaign raised $60,000 to further scholarships for Providence Cristo Rey High School, a Catholic college-preparatory high school.

He ended up with a score of 52,345 and lost 5,540 golf balls.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, introduced a House resolution honoring the Fishers resident.

Bielawski founded the Get on the Green Foundation in 2013, which is a nonprofit dedicated to raising money through golf-related fundraising events. “From Tee to Shining Tee” was his first fundraising venture.

“The drive and ingenuity that Luke has shown through this fundraising effort is inspiring,” Bosma said. “He has had a tremendous, positive effect for many students at Providence Cristo Rey. By combining his passion for helping others and his love of golf, I know that he will continue to do great things for people in need across the nation.”



 

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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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