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There were no caps and gowns, but the 25 participants in Bar Leader Series IX class graduated May 18 full of encouragement to step into leadership roles within the legal community and outside of it.

Graduation day featured reflections upon the experience, presentations of the class public service projects, and an awards luncheon.

Congratulations to the Bar Leader Series IX class members: Sara R. Blevins, Lewis & Kappes PC; Mindy L. Boehr, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Briana Lynn Clark, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Dustin R. DeNeal, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Jill Ann Ellis, Indiana Court of Appeals; Raegen M. Gibson, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Michael R. Greer, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC; Michael T. Griffiths, ProLiance Energy LLC; Michele L. Henderson, Stewart & Irwin PC; Shelley Marie Jackson, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP; Aubrey Graham Kuchar, Kightlinger & Gray LLP; Matthew R. Levy, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; and Carrie N. Lynn, Indiana Legal Services Inc.

Also, Michelle Renee Maslowski, Frost Brown Todd LLC; William A. McKenna, Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP; Hannah Lee Meils, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Nicolette E. Mendenhall, Tucker Hester LLC; Theresa R. Parish, Lewis Wagner LLP; Christopher A. Pearcy, Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons LLP; Julie D. Reed, Indiana State Medical Association; Steven E. Runyan, Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP; Elizabeth A. Schuerman, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Sarah T. Starkey, Cohen & Malad LLP; Lakesha Dawn Triggs, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; and Emily L. Yates, Littler Mendelson PC.

The next Bar Leader Series class is currently being selected; the deadline for applying is June 18. For more information on the series, which is open to attorneys in their third to 10th year of practice. Visit www.indybar.org to learn more and to access the application.

Thank you to this year’s Bar Leader Steering Committee: Reynold T. Berry, Rubin & Levin PC; Hon. Theodore R. Boehm, Van Winkle Baten Dispute Resolution; Carl W. Butler, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Marie D. Castetter, Foley & Abbott; Margaret M. Christensen, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Jody L. DeFord, Eli Lilly and Company; David J. Duncan, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Deborah C. Edwards, Heritage Environmental Services LLC; Hon. Kurt M. Eisgruber, Marion Superior Court; Kelly Eskew, Indiana University Health Inc; Alicia A. Gooden, The Mediation Group; Alex C. Intermill, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Jon B. Laramore, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Chair; Kevin P. McGoff, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Hon. Robyn L. Moberly, Marion Superior Court; Joshua S. Moudy, Gilroy Kammen Maryan & Moudy; Dana E. Stutzman, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC; Richard J. Thrapp, Ice Miller LLP; Rene C. Wyatt-Foston, Community Physician Network; and Brian K. Zoeller, Cohen & Malad LLP.

The Bar Leader Series is a collaboration of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.•

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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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