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December 3, 2007
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Welcome to First Impressions, Indiana Lawyer’s legal blog. Your host is Jennifer Mehalik, Indiana Lawyer’s Web editor. Mehalik grew up in Indianapolis and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. After writing for other IBJ Media publications, Mehalik joined Indiana Lawyer as a reporter and now handles e-media for the publication. She finds it ironic that her least favorite part of media law was reading court opinions, which she now does on a daily basis and actually enjoys. If you have a good idea for a blog topic, contact her at 317-472-5234 or jmehalik@ibj.com
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  • Regarding the three attorneys who were disciplined for using a trade name in their practice, few attorneys know that Indiana is one of only two states that does not permit attorneys to practice under a trade name. The other state is Arizona. (Until recently, Indiana and Arizona also shared another singular distinction - the only two states in the continental United States to not observe daylight savings.)

    With the permitted use of law firm logos, slogans, and creative web addresses, along with the permitted use of law firm names of lawyers long since deceased (which are in essence, trade names), is it now time for Indiana to do as it did with the daylight savings ban and join with the rest of the US by scrapping the ban on using trade names?

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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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