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Don’t Miss Surviving & Thriving

The IndyBar’s Surviving & Thriving event is a must-attend program for any local solo or small firm practitioners. In just one day you’ll get practical advice, answers to questions, education on various substantive law topics and important tips on how to build a successful business. Relevant programming combined with respected local speakers make Surviving and Thriving an essential and cost effective program for all solo and small firm practitioners. 6.0 hours of CLE credit are available in the full day program, plus registration includes a free post-seminar cocktail reception at Adobo Grill! Go to www.indybar.org to view the agenda and to access online registration

Rule Change Orders Issued

The Indiana Supreme Court has issued several orders that amend the rules of court. Amendments include changes to the Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Indiana Admission and Discipline Rules, Indiana Administrative Rules and Indiana Rules of Criminal Procedure and Trial Procedure. To view the orders, which take effect January 1, 2013, go to www.in.gov/judiciary/2784.htm.

Nominate a Colleague for an IndyBar Recognition Award

Do you know of a deserving IndyBar member who has worked hard for his or her community? Nominate him or her for an IndyBar award! Nominations are being accepted for the following IndyBar awards: the Dr. John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education and the IndyBar Pro Bono Awards, which are presented in five categories: Practicing Attorney, Aiding Individuals; Practicing Attorney, Aiding Entities; Law Firm; Law Student and Paralegal. Go to www.indybar.org for a nomination form. Nominations are due October 5, 2012. The awards will be presented at the Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, November 8.

Judge Martha Wentworth Named Chair of Pro Bono Commission

Indiana Tax Court Judge Martha Blood Wentworth has been appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court as Chair of the Pro Bono Commission. In addition, the Supreme Court also appointed the Honorable David Avery, of the Allen Superior Court as Vice-Chair of the Commission. Each will serve a three-year term, which will end in 2015.

New Rules Proposed for Marion County Small Claims Courts

The comment period is open for new rules proposed for Marion County Small Claims Courts. Go to http://goo.gl/Ms74W to access the proposed rules. Comments can be made through October 5. The new rules will be adopted, modified or rejected by October 12. If adopted, the rules will take effect on January 1.

Law Student Division Seeking Executive Board Members

The nomination period for the 2012-2013 Indianapolis Bar Association Law Student Division Executive Board has begun. There are a total of eight At-Large positions available. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to be involved with the planning and implementation of many IndyBar student educational and networking functions as well as an opportunity to enhance leadership skills. Applications and statements of interest are due October 15. Visit www.indybar.org for more information

The IndyBar Legal Directory is Here!

Pre-ordered legal directories are available for pickup at the IndyBar office during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). If you selected to have your legal directory shipped, watch your mailbox. Shipped orders will begin arriving September 3. Forget to order your copy? Go to www.indybar.org/store to place your order today. Directories are $55 plus tax and shipping, if applicable.

Need Your APC Credit?

The IndyBar has the Applied Professionalism Course for you. Featuring esteemed presenters and interactive sessions, the IndyBar’s Applied Professionalism Course on Thursday, November 1 is the perfect way to satisfy this credit requirement for attorneys in their first three years of practice...PLUS, registration fees for this day-long program are even lower now than in past years! Access the full agenda and online registration at 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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