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When the federally funded Legal Services Corporation was formed 36 years ago, its goal was to ensure that all Americans have access to a lawyer and the justice system for civil legal issues regardless of their ability to pay.

Currently LSC funds 136 local programs with nearly 900 offices, serving every county, state and Congressional District in the United States and its territories. This includes Indiana Legal Services, Inc..

LSC clients have incomes at or near the poverty level as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and include the working poor, veterans, family farmers and people with disabilities. Today many LSC beneficiaries were formerly middle class individuals and families who became poor through unemployment, illness, family breakup, age or disaster.

And, today, despite the good intentions of its original supporters, civil legal aid — with LSC as the major provider of services — only helps 20 percent of people in need of legal assistance. 

Learn more about Indiana Legal Services, Inc. at www.indianajustice.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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