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ISBA, AG team up for 3rd food drive

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and the Indiana State Bar Association have teamed up with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry for the third annual March Against Hunger food drive, which is scheduled for March 14 to 31.

The competition between law firms is to raise donations of money and nonperishable foods for Indiana’s 11 regional food banks.

“While there are some hopeful signs of an economic recovery on the horizon, for many in our state the harsh realities of unemployment and financial difficulties leave them desperate to buy the basic food essentials to feed their families. For the third year I am calling upon the members of my profession to step up and do what attorneys do best – serve the interests of others,” Zoeller said in a statement. “The food banks in Indiana are facing a critical shortage of supplies due to the increase in the need to help put food on the table of our fellow Hoosiers. I’ve been very proud of the past support by the many members of the ISBA, and I hope for greater support this year to meet the greater need.”

In 2010, Zoeller presented the Attorney General’s Cup to the highest donating firms in three categories. Barnes & Thornburg was the winner of the large firm division; Rubin & Levin placed first in the small firm and solo practitioner division; and the Office of the U.S. Trustee Indianapolis/Region 10 won the public/nonprofit division. This year’s categories will be the same, recognizing a winner in each category who collects the most donations.

Visit http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2773.htm to sign up to participate in the 2011 statewide competition. Firms may sign up before the competition begins or anytime during the collection period. For more information, contact Michelle Mayer at the attorney general’s office at michelle.mayer@atg.in.gov or 317-234-6668.

CLE focus on stress and social media

“The Attorney and Social Media & Stress Management for Attorneys,” which counts as three credits of CLE and one credit of ethics, will take place at 1 p.m. March 29 at The Summit Club, 211 W. Washington St., South Bend. The CLE will be followed by a reception.

Scheduled presenters are John Conway and Erin Linder of LaDue Curran Kuehn, and Genelle King of King Communication Resources.

The CLE will address how Indiana’s ethics rules apply to using social media such as LinkedIn, blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and MySpace. These issues include: advertising and solicitation, investigation, and confidentiality.

Among these issues are: What constitutes advertising on social media sites and what is impermissible puffing? Are attorney profiles subject to the advertising rules? Can attorneys use social media as a discovery tool for information regarding parties, witnesses, and jurors? When is an attorney-client relationship created? How can an attorney protect his client from waiving the privilege?

The stress management portion of the CLE will focus on myths and facts about stress, what does it mean to be “stress hardy,” and effective ways to break negative stress cycles and enhance the quality of everyday experiences.

The fee includes the reception and refreshments. Cost is $75 for SJCBA members who are new attorney members, non-profit attorneys, and full-time government employees; $115 for all other SJCBA members; and $230 for non-members.•

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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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