Ring in the New Year safely with Sotomayor

December 31, 2013
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A United States Supreme Court justice will help count down to 2014, and a central Indiana law firm wants to make sure you get home safely on New Year’s Eve.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor is going to lead the final minute countdown on New Year’s Eve and push the button that will signal the descent of the giant ball in Times Square. There’s no word on whether Sotomayor will hobnob with the performers on the various NYE countdown shows or hosts Ryan Seacrest or Anderson Cooper.

And after you’ve watched the ball drop and are ready to leave, Stewart & Stewart is willing to pay for part of your cab home. Every year, the law firm holds its “Safe and Sober” program in which it will cover the first $20 of your cab ride home on New Year’s Eve.

Of course, there are restrictions: You must be celebrating in downtown Indianapolis and sign up ahead of time for a voucher. You must get a receipt from your taxi driver and it has to be time stamped. The program will only reimburse rides between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.

More information on the program is available on the firm’s website.

Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. You don’t want to have to call your lawyer tomorrow because you were arrested for drinking and driving.  



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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.