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The 2009 Environmental Policy Forum Spring Symposium at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis will feature professors, members of the Indiana General Assembly and various environmental and energy organizations who will examine Indiana's energy policy and the progress and prospects for legislation.

One of the goals of the symposium is to determine where Indiana is now in terms of sustainable energy and what challenges the state may face as it progresses toward the goal of more sustainable energy.

Panelists at the event will discuss clean coal and carbon sequestration, renewable energy, and energy conservation and green buildings. Speakers include Rep. Ryan Dvorak, D-South Bend, chair of the House Environmental Affairs Committee; Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of Hoosier Environmental Council; and environmental law professor Eric Dannenmaier of IU - Indianapolis.

During lunch, keynote speakers Rep. Win Moses Jr., D-Fort Wayne; Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Monticello; and David Pippen, policy director for Environment and Natural Resources in the Governor's Office, will discuss prospects for legislation during the current term.

The event is from noon to 5:30 p.m. April 9 at the law school, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. It's free and open to the public and has 4.5 hours of CLE credit pending approval. Registration is required at enlaw@iupui.edu or (317) 274-9428.

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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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