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Ask a Lawyer Volunteers Needed

Attorneys are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Fall 2010 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 12. Volunteers are being sought for for one of two shifts, 2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m., at the program’s Brightwood, East Washington, East 38th Street and Shelby library locations. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org or call her at 269-2000.

Need to Prep for MPRE?

Don’t miss the IndyBar’s MPRE Review Course on Friday, October 29. This course is open to both attorneys and students. Go to www.indybar.org to learn more or to register.

Get Great IU Football Discounts for Law Day!

Enjoy a day of football at Indiana University as the Hoosiers take on Arkansas State on October 16. This date will mark “Law Day” at Memorial Stadium, and IndyBar members can snag great discounts on adult and youth tickets for this game. Look elsewhere in this issue for an order form or log on to www.indybar.org. Ticket requests must be made by October 8.

Pro Bono Award Nominations Sought

Each year the Indianapolis Bar Association recognizes the extraordinary volunteer efforts of its members through the presentation of Pro Bono Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted for this year’s awards. The Pro Bono Award will be presented at the Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, November 10 at The Conrad Hotel. The award recipient needs to be a member of the IBA, and you are encouraged to consider actively practicing lawyers, retired lawyers, in-house and corporate counsel, law firms, law students and paralegals who have made outstanding contributions toward delivering volunteer legal services to the poor and disadvantaged. All IBA members, in the various facets of the legal profession, can be considered for the award. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, October 13. Nominations or questions about the award can be directed to Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Solo and Small Firm Practitioners: This Program is for You!

Through the upcoming Surviving and Thriving program on Friday, October 8, the IndyBar’s Solo/Small Firm Section and Professionalism Committee are proud to provide solo and small firm practitioners—whether newly graduated, seasoned pros or those transitioning to the solo/small firm world—with the tools, information and connections to not only survive, but thrive in the practice of law. In just one day you’ll get practical advice, answers to questions and important tips on how to build a successful business. Relevant programming combined with respected local speakers make Surviving and Thriving an essential and cost effective program for all solo and small firm practitioners. 6.0 hours of CLE credit are available in the full day program. To view the agenda and to access online registration go to indybar.org!•

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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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