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Lawyers participate in ‘Talk to a Lawyer Today’ program

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Indiana attorneys across the state are using Monday as a way to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by providing free legal advice to the general public.

The “Talk to a Lawyer Today” event, sponsored by the Indiana State Bar association, was established in 2002. More than 200 attorneys are expected to provide brief consultations with residents who utilize the service. Many of these residents may not otherwise be able to afford the counsel of an attorney.

There are walk-in locations around the state, as well as a statewide hotline – 800-266-2581 – for English and Spanish speakers. Several pro bono districts have also set up local hotlines for residents to call. A list of sites providing legal consultations is available on the ISBA 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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