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How to be a federal judge

Jennifer Nelson
June 2, 2011
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Several legal organizations have gotten together to produce a pamphlet for law students and new lawyers telling them what to expect if they want to be a federal judge.
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Video games causing more divorces?

Jennifer Nelson
June 1, 2011
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A website called “Divorce Online” claims more women are filing for divorce because their husbands are devoting more time to video games than their marriages.
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Local documentary nominated for Emmy

Jennifer Nelson
May 31, 2011
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The documentary made about a terrorist simulation held at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in October 2009 was made by local students and WFYI Productions.
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Study for the bar exam by playing a game

Jennifer Nelson
May 25, 2011
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Forget boring books to prepare for the bar exam. Play a board game and become a lawyer!
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Rally planned in response to Barnes ruling

Jennifer Nelson
May 24, 2011
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A Facebook group is calling for people to go to the Statehouse Wednesday at noon and “stand up” for their Fourth Amendment rights following a recent Indiana Supreme Court decision. If you’re going, let us know.
 
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Number of female judges in Indiana remains stagnant

Jennifer Nelson
May 17, 2011
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A national ranking of the number of female judges shows just a fifth of Hoosier judges are women.
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Does Indiana have enough lawyers?

Jennifer Nelson
May 16, 2011
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A study by a northeast Indiana school hoping to open a new law school says that Indiana is underserved in terms of the number of lawyers compared to our population.
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Cancer and child custody

Jennifer Nelson
May 12, 2011
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A North Carolina woman lost her custody battle in part because she has breast cancer.
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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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