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IBA: $136,000 Put to Work by Bar Foundation

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So far in 2010, the IBF awarded over $136,000 in grant support for IBA initiatives and to agencies with projects consistent with the IBF mission of advancing the administration of justice and understanding of law through philanthropy, education and service.

IBA projects focus on four key areas. Service to Community through pro bono efforts received $34,000, including funding for the IBA Pro Bono Coordinator. Activities include Ask A Lawyer and Constitutional books and voter registration at naturalization ceremonies. The second area funded, Service to Profession, includes diversity initiatives like the Job Fair and the IBA’s free publication Planning Ahead: A Plan for Protecting Your Clients in the Event of Your Disability or Death.

IBA Leadership Training and Scholarships received $8,000: four $1,000 grants for the Bar Leader Series Pay It Forward Project, and leadership development through attendance at the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the Bar Leader Institute. Scholarships for the Bar Review and Applied Professionalism courses and Bench Bar were funded.

IBA Educational Initiatives receive significant support. These include the Bench Bar conference and the Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Practice Online Service Center, enhancing education and services for colleagues in solo and small firms. The IBA’s Distance Learning Initiative for online education received $30,000.

This year, the IBF’s Grants Committee sponsored four deserving projects from agency applicants. The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides legal services to those who seek protective orders in the Marion County Superior Courts. The Teen Court project sponsored by the Southside Youth Council (Reach for Youth) and the Kids’ Voice of Indiana, which trains and supports volunteer Guardian Ad Litems, each received $10,000 for projects in Marion County. Finally, the IBF approved sponsorship for Just The Beginning Foundation, which conducts a Summer Legal Institute serving sixty diverse Indianapolis students with an interest in law careers.

IBF ongoing grants and programs are maintained solely through the generosity and energy of its directors, fellows and donors. Thank you for your support in 2010.•

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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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