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IBA: IndyBar Hosts Luncheon for 2011 Diversity Job Fair Alumni

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One key point of difference consistently emphasized by participants in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair — both employers and by students — is the personal attention and consideration provided both prior to and during the job fair.

The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Committee has taken this hallmark one step further by actively engaging students who successfully obtained employment through last year’s Job Fair in the bar association with the hope of communicating the value of IndyBar membership. Seventy-eight students participated in the 2011 Diversity Job Fair; thirty offers of employment were made, and 13 students accepted and are working in Indianapolis this summer.
 

djf-photo-15col.jpg Students at the 2011 Diversity Job Fair smile during the Diversity and the Law Luncheon. Show your support for local diversity initiatives and make plans to attend this year’s luncheon on Friday, July 27. Featured at the luncheon will be keynote speaker Thea Kelly, Senior Counsel, Dow AgroSciences. Table sponsorships are available for $500 and include reserved seating and eight tickets to the luncheon. Individual registrations for the luncheon can be purchased for $35 per person. Visit www.indybar.org for details.

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, the committee hosted a welcome and networking luncheon for these students. Over lunch, committee chair Brita Horvath, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, welcomed the students and congratulated them on their successes. Other committee members in attendance were 2011 committee chair Tamara McMillian, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, and 2012 committee members Emily Campbell of Faegre Baker Daniels; Joseph Delamater of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; Shelley Jackson of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP; and Jimmie McMillian of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

IndyBar Young Lawyers Division chair Stephanie Eckerle, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, also attended the luncheon and discussed the many benefits of membership in the YLD. IndyBar Review staff representative Sarah Garrison was available to highlight the key aspects of IndyBar Review, the IndyBar’s bar exam prep program that features local practitioners lecturing in their specific practice area.

Law student attendees were encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback about their summer experiences and their participation in the 2011 Job Fair. Students posed a wide range of questions on various topics, including IndyBar involvement, time management, law firm dynamics, and effective networking. The luncheon concluded with a brief discussion of how students can make the most of their summer associate experiences.

According to Job Fair chair Brita Horvath, “We hope that the students found this lunch to be a meaningful experience. They not only landed a job through the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, but they now have been introduced to various resources within the IndyBar and a network of people who are committed to their success in Indianapolis.”

The IndyBar’s 2012 Diversity Job Fair will take place on July 26 and 27, 2012, and will connect nearly 70 students with 27 Indianapolis area legal employers. Information is available at http://www.ibadiversityjobfair.org/.•

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  1. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  2. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  3. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.

  4. I have dealt with more than a few I-465 moat-protected government attorneys and even judges who just cannot seem to wrap their heads around the core of this 800 year old document. I guess monarchial privileges and powers corrupt still ..... from an academic website on this fantastic "treaty" between the King and the people ... "Enduring Principles of Liberty Magna Carta was written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king. There are two principles expressed in Magna Carta that resonate to this day: "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land." "To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice." Inspiration for Americans During the American Revolution, Magna Carta served to inspire and justify action in liberty’s defense. The colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta. They embedded those rights into the laws of their states and later into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution ("no person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.") is a direct descendent of Magna Carta's guarantee of proceedings according to the "law of the land." http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/

  5. I'm not sure what's more depressing: the fact that people would pay $35,000 per year to attend an unaccredited law school, or the fact that the same people "are hanging in there and willing to follow the dean’s lead in going forward" after the same school fails to gain accreditation, rendering their $70,000 and counting education worthless. Maybe it's a good thing these people can't sit for the bar.

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