Tax Court interviews continue

September 27, 2010
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From IL reporter Michael Hoskins:

Dan Carwile
Dan Carwile discussed how his national moot court competition prepared him for arguments and his role as an Indiana Law Review editor demonstrated his writing skill. He said that his experience in the banking world as well as his activities it the United Church of Christ pension boards prepared him for this kind of job. He emphasized his hard work and ethics as being important. Carwile added that he’d be sensitive to pro se litigant issues and the small-claims issues.

Hon. Carol Comer
Spending her entire legal career in administrative law, Judge Carol Comer highlighted her experience handling all types of tax issues at various levels and for judicial review as administrative law judge for the Utility Regulatory Commission and the Board of Tax Review. She worked in 2007 on reworking the tax board’s procedural rules that was necessary because of the assessment law and agency structure changes five years earlier. As the most dynamic and energetic interview of the day, one member observed her behavior and asked how she’d handle the isolation of being a judge. She said the solution is to get involved in other judicial activities outside of what’s before the court and find that passion. She also said it’s important to be mindful of caselaw exemptions that can build up and prevent a big ruling like Town of St. John, and that the court could work with the legislature to ensure that it understands constitutionality. While foreign jurisdictions’ precedent can be instructive, she wouldn’t automatically rely on it because circumstances may dictate something different.

Randle Pollard
Randle Pollard said his dad calls him a “tax nerd,” but emphasized how that designation shows his passion for this area of law. He pointed to his more than 20 years of experience practicing law and how well-rounded he is, with experience in the private and government sectors but he also now teaches tax law at Harrisburg School of Law. He thinks that every lawyer everywhere should be at least minimally familiar with tax law because it’s so important to everyone. In response to a question about what more the Tax Court could do, Pollard suggested an open house for constituents and lawmakers about what the tax court does and what the law says. Law students should also be exposed more to the tax arguments, he said.
 

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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.

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  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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