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Recognize an Outstanding Female Attorney

Since 1990, the IndyBar Women & the Law Division has recognized the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana through the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. Named for the first woman admitted to the Indiana bar, nominations are now open for the 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.

To nominate an outstanding female attorney who exemplifies the determination and success of Antoinette Dakin Leach, simply complete the nomination form available at indybar.org and return it to iba@indybar.org by July 31, 2013.

Nominations Now Open for Professionalism Awards

Recognize an outstanding colleague by nominating him or her for the 2013 Professionalism Award (attorney) or Silver Gavel Award (judge). Go to www.indybar.org to access full award criteria and nomination instructions. Nominations are due by Monday, July 15. Honorees will be recognized at the Professionalism Luncheon, featuring the Hon. Loretta Rush of the Indiana Supreme Court, on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Fall 2013 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, Oct. 8. 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.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers!

Thank you to the following attorneys for volunteering their time to assist 89 callers at the IndyBar’s Legal Line program on Tuesday, June 11: Rick Malad, Ned Mulligan, Maggie Sadler, Jonathan Knoll, Melissa Stuart, TaKeena Thompson and Kelley Johnson, all of Cohen & Malad LLP, and Adam Cobb, Mercer Belanger. Legal Line, a free monthly call-in service provided to Indy-area residents in need of legal advice, is made possible by the generous support of 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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