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Foreclosure programs aimed at judges, lawyers

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The Indiana Supreme Court announced today it's partnering with Indiana Legal Services Inc. and the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio to sponsor training for attorneys, judges, and mediators about how to help families facing foreclosure.

Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard recently announced the plan to train more people in the legal community than any other state about how to deal with the foreclosure crisis, including asking attorneys to take these cases pro bono.

The training begins March 6 with a special education program dedicated to mortgage foreclosure issues. This is the first of many specially designed to educate judges and lawyers about new loan-modification programs and mediation options. Indiana trial courts have seen nearly a 50 percent increase in the number of foreclosure cases filed in the past five years, and the Supreme Court wants to assist courts as they deal with the influx of foreclosure cases.

The training, "How do we get out of this mess?" is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, 30 S. Meridian St., 8th Floor, Indianapolis. At this training and others, the Supreme Court will offer scholarships to private attorneys who complete the training and agree to handle one mortgage foreclosure case on a pro bono basis.

Cost to attend is $50 for private attorneys and $15 for non-profit attorneys; 6.5 hours of CLE are pending. Lunch is provided, and attendees are encouraged, but not required, to bring a laptop for the case study.

Online and downloadable registration is available on Indiana Legal Services' Web site. Questions or concerns can be directed to Marcy Wenzler at (812) 339-7668. Information about future programs will be available on the court's Web site.

Look for a story in the March 4-17, 2009, issue of Indiana Lawyer about what Marion County courts are doing to address foreclosures.

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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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