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Bar Crawl - 10/26/11

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Bar Crawl

Bar Crawl is Indiana Lawyer’s section highlighting bar association news around the state. The IL 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 Jenny Montgomery at jmontgomery@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks in advance of the issue date.

Volunteers needed

The Indiana State Bar Association Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Section is looking for attorneys to volunteer for one-hour financial education presentations at Indiana high schools on Nov. 8.

The section will provide curriculum and all materials for volunteers to help guide discussions with students about financial matters, types of debt, the true cost of credit and the importance of sound financial choices. Volunteers are required to contact a local high school to set up a presentation.

For more information or for presentation materials, contact Maryann Williams at 800-266-2581 or at mwilliams@inbar.org.

Tech advice for lawyers

Dan Palmer, of the Fort Wayne firm Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros, and Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias will offer a luncheon presentation on technological tips for attorneys, including Internet resources and “cloud” computing.

The program is noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Allen County Bar Association office, 924 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. One hour of non-legal subject credit is available.

For more information, contact the ACBA at 260-423-2358.•


See Indiana Lawyer’s Nov. 9 issue for a recap of key issues from the Indiana State Bar Association’s annual meeting, along with a profile of new bar president C. Erik Chickedantz.
 

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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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