11/14 - When Cities Go Broke (South Bend)

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Wednesday  November 14, 2012 

When Cities Go Broke: Is Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcy a Viable Solution to Municipal Insolvency?

Speakers include:
  - Former Justice Robert Flanders of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
     (State Appointed Receiver to the city of Central Falls in their 2010 bankruptcy filing)
  - Chief Judge Christopher Klein of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California
     (overseer of the 2012 Stockton, CA bankruptcy)
  - Phil Batchelor, Vallejo, CA, Turnaround Manager
     (responsible for helping the city of Vallejo, CA to successfully exit bankruptcy in 2011)
  - Representative Al Pscholka of Michigan
     (Sponsor of Michigan’s controversial Emergency Financial Manager Law)
  - Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, IN
     (Mayor Freeman-Wilson will speak about the fiscal challenges facing the city of Gary, as well as so many others around the nation)

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Time (local time): 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Credit hours: 5.0 CLE (pending)

Cost: $75.00

Location: McCartan Courtroom
Eck Hall of Law, Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame 46556

Provider: University of Notre Dame Journal of Legislation

Contact information:
Elizabeth Watkins
Phone: (574) 360-4172
ewatkin2@nd.edu
http://law.nd.edu/publications/journals/journal-of-legislation/
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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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