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Comments Accepted on Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

The Judges of the Marion County Courts in compliance with the provisions of Trial Rule 81 give notice of proposed amendments to their local court rules concerning Random Assignment of Criminal Cases at LR49-CR 2.2-100 and Case Consolidation at LR49-CR 2.3-101. Go to http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/marion-plr.pdfto view the proposed amendments. Comments to these proposed Local Rule amendments will be received through noon on March 22, 2013. Comments to these proposed amended Local Rules should be emailed to the Office of the Court Administrator, care of Andrea Newsom, at Andrea.Newsom@indy.gov.

Online Marriage License Application Now Available in 78 Counties

Applying for a marriage license is becoming easier than ever in many Indiana counties thanks to an Indiana Supreme Court initiative. Online marriage license applications are now available in 78 counties, including most recently Marion County. The online application can be found at courts.IN.gov/marriage.

Save the Date for ILAS CLE April 23

Save the Date on April 23 for CLE hosted by the Indiana Legal Aid Society at the Indianapolis Marriott North. The faculty for the program, titled “Timeless Tips from the Bench and Bar,” includes all three recently retired Supreme Court justices, eight Court of Appeals judges, a special presentation by retired Dean William F. Harvey, and a few attorneys with a great sense of humor. All food and beverage, including lunch, is provided, and six CLE hours, with one hour of ethics, will be available. The cost to attend is $300. To view the full agenda and to access the registration form, go to http://shirleylaw.net/ilas-2013.html.

Applications Now Accepted for 2013 IBF Impact Fund Grant

Through its Impact Fund, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation will grant $35,000 to a deserving local organization or project in 2013. To be considered, a project must advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education and service. The deadline for applications is April 1. Visit http://www.indybar.org/about/bar-foundation/ for additional information and application materials.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2013 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, April 9. Volunteers are being sought for for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at the library locations throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Weekly IndyBar Bill Watch Available

As a service to IndyBar members, the Legislative Committee reviews pending legislation and, with the approval of the IndyBar Board of Directors, monitors progress. The most recent Bill Watch can be found at http://www.indybar.org/news/bill-watch.

Pitch in at the Great Indy Cleanup

The IndyBar Go Green Committee is teaming up with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for their April Great Indy Cleanup and encourages anyone interested in volunteering to sign up for this free event! The Great Indy Cleanup will concentrate on Near Westside communities this year and will involve a variety of projects including sprucing up parks (mulching, planting, painting, etc.), painting fire hydrants, alley cleanups and perhaps even painting some murals, as well as other tasks.

The event will take place on April 27, 2013, and will run from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mayor Greg Ballard will be on hand to kick off the day at 8:45 a.m., and lunch will be provided at 1 p.m. for all volunteers. Those interested in volunteering should register online at www.indybar.org.

Register today for Take a Law Student to Lunch!

The IndyBar’s annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” event is the perfect opportunity for attorneys to connect with local law students, providing helpful tips and information while also networking with the future generation of Indianapolis attorneys.

The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Hyatt Indianapolis. Attorneys should register for the luncheon online at www.indybar.org, while students should register at www.ibalunchwithalawyer.com.

It’s OK to Ask

You have probably had a question at some point in your career that you had no clue how to answer — or maybe you wanted a second opinion. Where did you turn? Now, you have someone to ask. The Safe Ask program, created by the IndyBar Senior Counsel Division, provides a means whereby IndyBar attorney members may seek guidance and information — all in the name of assisting you with providing quality and ethical legal services to your clients. All communications will remain confidential to the extent there is not a violation of the Rule of Professional Conduct (see Rule 8.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct). For more information, visit www.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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