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Court sponsors Lincoln lecture, free CLE

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The Indiana Supreme Court will host a free CLE event, "Why it Mattered That Lincoln Was a Lawyer," from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3. The event is part of a national celebration of the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth, Feb. 12, 2009.

Anderson University professor Brian Dirck will give a special lecture at the event in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom. Dirck is the author of "Lincoln the Lawyer" and spends much of his spare time researching and lecturing about Lincoln with an emphasis on his work as an attorney.

Attendees will also learn about how attorneys can volunteer to visit classrooms in February 2009 to talk to students about why Lincoln thought every citizen should "know a little about the law." The Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana State Bar Association are partnering to provide attorneys with talking points and materials to take to the classrooms statewide.

Seating is limited at the CLE event to the first 150 reservations. The CLE credit is free and registration with an attorney number will be made at the door. The lecture will also be streamed live through the court's Web site. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the Indiana Supreme Court at (317) 232-2550 or shachey@courts.state.in.us.

Information about how lawyers can get involved is also on the court's Web site.

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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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