More attorneys fail to pay, get CLE credit

June 5, 2008
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Is there something in the water that’s causing attorneys to disregard some of the most basic requirements of being a lawyer in Indiana? It seems more and more attorneys who practice in Indiana are having trouble meeting continuing legal education requirements or simply paying their annual registration fee.  



 



The Indiana Supreme Court has handed down its yearly suspensions of attorneys who’ve decided they don’t need to keep up on their CLE credits or pay to keep their law licenses active here, and the numbers don’t look good: more than 200 suspended for failing to pay registration fees; more than 125 were suspended because of insufficient CLE credits. 





 That’s a lot of suspensions considering just two years ago only 65 were suspended for failure to pay and 97 failed to meet CLE requirements. Even though the attorneys have about a month to pay the fees or get the CLE credits before suspension takes effect, it seems irresponsible for someone to not keep up with these basic requirements. If an attorney can’t attend CLE courses or come up with the money to pay registration fees, can’t it put doubt in a client’s mind about an attorney’s ability to handle the client’s case?
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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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