A jet-set chief justice

August 7, 2008
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From IL reporter Michael Hoskins: 

Every so often, you’ll see an Indiana Supreme Court order signed by an acting chief justice. Some recent court orders have Justice Brent Dickson filling in for Chief Justice Randall Shepard. Nothing out of the ordinary, just interesting to always keep tabs on what our state’s highest jurists are up to when not putting signatures on orders with their colleagues.

This time, our chief justice spent most of a week in July in Anchorage, Alaska, at a chief justices conference. He was there July 19-23, and his first full day back to work in Indiana was July 28.

Our esteemed high judge noted two topics particularly worth mentioning from this annual meeting: civics education and public information. He sees Indiana doing as well as most states, sometimes better than others. Another topic focused on globalization of law firms and how the chief justices have been working with international bar associations in the past three years about having more American lawyers practice overseas with temporary licenses and having attorneys from other nations do the same here. Sharing thoughts about the conference recently, Chief Justice Shepard said: “I have a pretty good collection of materials and so many ideas to share.”

Of course, he has some additional time to read those materials, and Indiana’s legal community may now see some more acting chief justice lines on orders, as our high jurist has set off for a vacation in Maine; he returns to the court office Aug 13. Word is he may not have even taken his laptop with him. Happy journeys, Mr. Chief Justice.
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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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