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Bar Crawl - 8/14/2013

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August 14, 2013
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Bar Crawl

Bar Crawl highlights bar association news around the state. Indiana Lawyer strives to include bar association news and trends in its regular stories, and we would like to include more news from specialty and county bars. If you’d like to submit an update about your bar association or a photo from an event your bar association has hosted, or if you have questions about having your bar association news included in the newspaper, please send it to Marilyn Odendahl at modendahl@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

IndyBar taking applications for exam prep course

Law students planning to take the Indiana bar exam in February may apply for a scholarship to the Indianapolis Bar Association’s winter 2014 IndyBar review session.

The bar exam preparation course is a comprehensive program designed to give students the knowledge and practice needed to pass the bar exam.

Two scholarships are available to IndyBar law student members and selection is based on financial need, with consideration also given to the student’s activity in the association’s law student division. The application deadline is Nov. 1.

For more information, visit the bar association’s website at www.indybar.org.

Recognition awards to honor pro bono and education work

The Indianapolis Bar Association is taking nominations for the Dr. John Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education and the IndyBar Pro Bono Awards.

The Pro Bono Awards honor practicing lawyers, retired lawyers, in-house and corporate counsel, law firms, law students and paralegals who have made outstanding contributions to deliver volunteer legal assistance to the poor and disadvantaged.

The Finney education award recognizes an individual who has made significant and unique contributions to further legal education.

Nominations are due Sept. 30, 2013. The award will be presented during the recognition luncheon on Nov. 8.

To get a nomination form or register for the luncheon, visit www.indybar.org.

State bar seeking volunteers for association’s committees

Indiana State Bar Association members are being encouraged to volunteer their time and effort to work on one of organization’s committees.

Openings are available on both the standing and special committees. All members interested in serving on a committee should fill out the form, indicating first and second preferences, and return the information to ISBA Executive Director Tom Pyrz by Aug. 23.

The committees perform a range of work from monitoring the activities that affect the federal court system and promoting health among judges, lawyers and their staffs to facilitating the delivery of high-quality continuing legal education programs.

For more information and a sign-up form, visit www.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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