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Auction benefits domestic violence victims

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The Women's Law Caucus at Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington has raised $11,000 for two local organizations working with victims of domestic violence.

Auctioning off packages donated by law school faculty and staff - including a Trivial Pursuit competition and an afternoon of golf with school staff - and packages from local businesses, the caucus raised more than $11,000 for Bloomington's Middle Way House and Protective Order Project at the Feb. 5 auction. This year's auction beat last year's record-setting turnout.

Middle Way House provides extensive support to domestic violence victims, including housing, child care, and legal assistance. The Protective Order Project, co-founded by now-Dean Lauren Robel in 1989, is a student-directed organization based at the law school that combines the legal expertise of faculty, students, and volunteer attorneys to help clients get protective orders, and utilizes other legal methods to help domestic violence victims.

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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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