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IndyBar Frontlines - 1/29/14

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It’s Membership Renewal Time!

Don’t miss out on a great year with the IndyBar: Renew for 2014 today! Convenient online renewal is available at www.indybar.org/renew.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers!

Thank you to the following O’Koon Hintermeister attorneys who graciously volunteered their time to staff Legal Line, the IndyBar’s monthly call-in legal advice program, in January: James Bolen, Anna Buschmann, James Geiger, Jeffrey Hinstermeister, Vicki Merriman, Rick Metzger and Linda Villegas. These volunteers took 54 calls from members of the public seeking free legal guidance.

Attorney Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project

Want to make an impact? The IndyBar Homeless Shelter Project is looking for attorney volunteers. Through this project, IndyBar volunteers visit one of five local homeless shelters each month, giving legal advice and occasionally offering limited representation.

Volunteers typically serve four, two-hour shifts per year, from 7 to 9 p.m., and visit the shelters in pairs. Training is not provided, but volunteers are given the most recent edition of the “Commonly Asked Questions About Indiana Law” resource guide and will be paired with a veteran volunteer. To volunteer or get further information, please contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Straight Talk from the Statehouse
Eighth Annual Lawyer-Legislator Program to be Held Feb. 10

Hear an update on pending legislation and get to know Indiana legislators at the IndyBar’s eighth annual seminar, “The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly,” which is hosted by the bar’s Legislative Committee. Attorneys who are state senators and representatives will lead a lively discussion during the luncheon on Monday, Feb. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Conrad Indianapolis. Register online at indybar.org/events.

Application Process for Attorney ID Cards Open

Attorneys seeking to renew a City-County Building Attorney Identification Card or apply for a new card can now do so online at https://www.biz.indygov.org/attorneycards/.

The online process will allow attorneys to more conveniently complete the application and provide necessary documentation, including verification of good standing and photo uploading. Upon completion of the online application, cards can be picked up every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Court Administrator’s Office (Room T-1221, 12th Floor, City-County Building). A government issued photo ID must be provided when picking up the card. Cards issued beginning Jan. 1, 2014, will be valid until Dec. 31, 2015.

Questions regarding the online application can be directed to 317-233-2114 or customerservice@logoindiana.com. Contact the Court Administrator’s office (317-327-4747) or the IndyBar (317-269-2000) with questions about the cards or the application process.

Giving Thanks
Pay it Forward by Offering Your Expertise

Through the Low Asset Wills Program, Indianapolis Bar Association attorneys draft wills for free as a service to the community. Qualified individuals can meet privately with an attorney who will draft a last will & testament and advance directives for them. For more information on the program and how to get involved, visit www.indybar.org or contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Upcoming IndyBar Holiday Closing

Please note that the offices of the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation will be on Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of President’s Day. The office will re-open at 8:30 a.m. the following day.•

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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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