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The Evansville Bar Association, along with the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, presented awards for service and pro bono work to attorneys at a lunch Wednesday.

Attorneys Jean Blanton, Allyson Breeden, and Jennifer Elston were given the Susan K. Helfrich Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Services. The attorneys, all from Ziemer Stayman Weitzel & Shoulders, were recognized by the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana for their unwavering dedication to providing pro bono services to residents of Southwestern Indiana.

The EBA presented the Doran Perdue Service Award to Dan J. Carwile in recognition of his leadership in the development of the 100th anniversary project of the Evansville Bar Association. He's also chaired the fundraising efforts among EBA members to restore the Superior Court courtroom in the Old Courthouse. As part of the Old Courthouse Foundation project, the bar association is working to memorialize the history of law in Vanderburgh County, which will be on permanent display in the foyer of the Superior Court courtroom. The Doran Perdue Service Award honors those members who have provided outstanding service to the association.

Donna M. Curtis, legal secretary at McFadin Higgins & Foltz in Mt. Vernon, was given the Florence Britzius Legal Secretary Award for her commitment to the profession and the legal community. Curtis, who's been a legal secretary for 30 years, has attended numerous seminars to improve her skills, and served as a mentor to other legal secretaries.

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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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