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Bar associations in Evansville and Indianapolis will celebrate “Law Day” with local events involving high schools. The theme of this year’s day is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”

On Thursday, the annual mock trials for Evansville high school students took place at Vanderburgh Circuit and Superior courts. Evansville Bar Association member attorneys act as advisors to the teams. A pizza party at the CK Newsome Center following the mock trials focused on the Law Day theme. The program included a trivia game based on questions related to the theme.

The Indianapolis Bar Association will visit Shortridge Magnet High School May 1 to showcase careers related to the legal field that don’t require a law degree, in order to present a more rounded perspective of the resources needed within the legal field. Representatives will include court reporters, legal software specialists, and probation officers.

Former Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will be the keynote speaker at the Allen County Bar Association’s annual Law Day luncheon April 30. Fred Gilbert and Ana Giusti, of the Center for Nonviolence, will be honored with the Liberty Bell Award.

Evansville-area attorneys will also participate in a Liturgy of the Law Celebration May 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Law Day, which is May 1, was proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 to call attention to the heritage of liberty preserved by the law.


 

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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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