Going to the ‘Chapel’

February 12, 2010
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From IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger:

In two separate conversations I’ve had in the past couple weeks with two different women who are planning weddings – an old friend and a source I just met – both said they wanted to do something simple that involved a small group of people.

I considered suggesting the Marion County Clerk’s fourth annual ‘Chapel of Love’ Feb. 14 where Clerk Beth White will officiate simple ceremonies. It’s also a much cheaper option than a traditional wedding: a $50 donation to the American Heart Association is requested instead of an officiant’s fee. The event has raised more than $4,000 since 2007.

So far, the clerk’s office is expecting at least 38 couples from 2 to 5 p.m., a comparable number to past years when the clerk married about 30 couples, said Angie Nussmeyer, the clerk’s public information officer.

She added the clerk might be able to take walk-ins that day, but couldn’t guarantee anything.

To have the ceremony, couples still needed to complete the process of applying for a marriage license in Marion County prior to the ceremony.

“Each day, we’re witness to happy couples applying for their marriage license. On Valentine’s Day, we’re able to kick it up a notch and help them tie the knot, while raising money for a very worthy cause,” White said in a statement.

So, are any of our readers among the lucky couples getting married? Anyone out there willing to do something like this, if for no other reason than a good story to tell your kids some day?
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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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