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CJ signs order for increased judicial education requirements

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Indiana judges and magistrates will have to take more judicial education classes to improve their legal skills next year. Indiana Supreme Court Justice Randall T. Shepard today signed the order amending the Indiana Rules for Admission to the Bar and Discipline of Attorneys that requires enhanced continuing education for judicial officers.

Now, they will need to take at least 54 hours of Continuing Judicial Education credits and 5 ethics credit hours every three years, 15 hours of CJE each year, and no more than 18 hours of non-legal subjects. Distance education is also capped at nine hours. The order applies to all Indiana appellate judges, trial judges, magistrates, and full-time commissioners and referees. The new requirements begin Jan. 1, 2011.

The requirements for senior judges, part-time commissioners and referees, Marion County small claims judges, and city/town court judges weren’t changed under the order. They will continue to need at least 36 hours of CJE every 3 years, 6 hours each year, no more than 12 hours of non-legal subjects, and 3 ethics hours every three years.

The Board of Directors of the Judicial Conference of Indiana voted unanimously in April in favor of the enhanced education requirements. The increase in credit hours is part of a larger plan to improve the judicial branch.
 

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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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