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The Indiana State Bar Association is looking for attorneys to help answer legal questions of Hoosiers affected by this month's flooding. Flood victims can call the bar association's toll-free number to receive free legal assistance for issues relating to the flooding.

Community Outreach Coordinator Alaina Byers said volunteer attorneys can be from anywhere in the state. Flood victims will contact the state bar at (800) 266-2581 and leave their contact information and legal issue. The ISBA will pass along the information to an attorney who will contact the caller directly by phone. The calls will take about 15 minutes, she said.

Byers said the hotline is only for flood-related legal matters such as insurance claims, home repair contracts, or replacing legal documents. Right now, the free legal help is only available to residents of the eight counties President George W. Bush has approved for federal assistance - Bartholomew, Hancock, Johnson, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Vermillion, and Vigo. As more counties are approved for federal assistance, those residents will be able to use the hotline.

Residents who sustained losses as a result of the flooding can call the toll-free number Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Byers said the number is up and running and will continue as long as needed.

Lawyers interested in volunteering can contact Byers at the state bar association by phone at (800) 266-2581, or e-mail abyers@inbar.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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