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Budget cuts affecting courts

Jennifer Nelson
December 1, 2011
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The state of the economy is impacting our access to justice, according to the National Center for State Courts.
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Lawyer cashes in on Cyber Monday frenzy

Jennifer Nelson
November 29, 2011
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How’s this for a Cyber Monday promotion: one attorney offered DUI defense for just $99.
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Commission irons out details in half-day meeting

Jenny Montgomery
November 18, 2011
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The Legislature’s Criminal Code Evaluation Commission met Thursday. If you missed the three-and-a-half hour meeting, read on to find out what happened.
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Judge is a fan of Johnny Carson

Jennifer Nelson
November 16, 2011
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I am about to show my age: I had to do a Google search to find out who Carnac is.
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Wellness while you work

Jennifer Nelson
November 9, 2011
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What’s the best way to fit working out into your workday? Work out while you work.
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Is law school still attractive?

Jennifer Nelson
November 1, 2011
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Practicing attorneys: if someone asked you whether he or she should go to law school, what would you say?
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Putting divorce on pause

Jennifer Nelson
October 28, 2011
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A recent op-ed piece in a newspaper suggests people with small children should have to wait a year to get divorced.
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Take time to help others

Jennifer Nelson
October 27, 2011
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Did you know it’s National Pro Bono Week? I didn’t, until I randomly came across the information.
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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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