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Dinner to celebrate attorney's 60-year career

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The James C. Kimbrough Bar Association will host a retirement dinner to celebrate the 60-year career of Hilbert L. Bradley, a Gary attorney.

Bradley, the first African-American graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law in 1950, was the first African-American corporation counsel for Gary under then-Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher. Bradley founded the Fair Share Organization in the 1960s to advocate for equal employment opportunities for African-Americans in Gary. He also founded the Indiana Coalition for Black Judicial Officers in the 1980s because of the lack of African-Americans on the bench in Indiana.

The dinner is at 6 p.m. Dec 3. at Avalon Manor in Merrillville. Tickets are $50 a person and attendees must RSVP to (219) 884-0696 by Nov. 25. Tickets may be purchased at McCain Law Offices, 5655 Broadway in Merrillville.

For more information, contact Trent A. McCain, president of the Kimbrough Bar Association, at (219) 884-0696 or TAMcCain@KimbroughBar.org.

Look for more about Bradley's life and legal career in an upcoming issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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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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