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Comments Invited on Proposed Changes to Indiana Bar Examination

The Indiana State Board of Law Examiners is proposing changes in the subjects that are tested on the Indiana essay portion of the Indiana Bar Examination. A description of the proposed changes and instructions on how to submit comments can found on the Board of Law Examiners’ website at www.in.gov/judiciary/ble. Interested parties will have until May 31, 2013, to submit comments. Members of the bar are also encouraged to contact Chris Hickey, chair of the IndyBar Review Steering Committee, at ch@rubin-levin.com to voice any feedback or concerns.

IndyBar Unveils the Attorney Apprentice Program

The IndyBar’s Lawyers Helping Lawyers Task Force has taken a proactive approach to provide substantive knowledge and practical experience to new and less experienced attorneys with the creation of the Attorney Apprentice Program. The Attorney Apprentice Program is designed to provide hands on training to new and less experienced attorneys and those looking to expand their practice. The program features a core curriculum aimed at developing attorney business and marketing skills as well as substantive programming in a legal track of the participant’s choice—Civil Litigation, Transactional Practice or Criminal Practice and Procedure.

Interested in attending but unsure of whether you can afford registration fees? The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has graciously funded scholarships for this valuable training. Visit www.indybar.org to learn more about the program and to register online.

Monthly Meetings of Members are Back!

Escape from your office to enjoy an hour with your colleagues and engaging programs and speakers at this year’s lineup of IndyBar member gatherings. February’s luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 21 will feature special guest speaker Allison Melangton of the Indiana Sports Corporation. Go to www.indybar.org to register and view the full schedule of member gatherings.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers!

Thank you to the following O’Koon Hintermeister attorneys who graciously volunteered their time to staff Legal Line, the IndyBar’s monthly call-in legal advice program, in January: James Bolen, Anna Buschmann, Steve Gottlieb, Jeff Hintermeister, Vicki Merriman, Adina Teska, Joel Thorp, Linda Villegas and Martin Weiser. These volunteers took 66 calls from members of the public seeking free legal guidance.

Weekly IndyBar Bill Watches Available

As a service to all IndyBar members, the Legislative Committee reviews pending legislation and, with the approval of the IndyBar Board of Directors, monitors progress. Each week, a new summary of legislation being monitored by the committee is made available to members and posted online at http://www.indybar.org/news/bill-watch.php.

It’s Dues Renewal Time!

Don’t miss out on a great year with the IndyBar: renew for 2013 today! Convenient online renewal is available at www.indybar.org. Make sure to check out and take advantage of the IndyBar’s great new offerings for 2013, including the new Indy Attorneys Network section and the Plus CLE Pilot Program!

Giving Thanks: Pay it Forward by Offering Your Expertise

Through the Low Asset Wills Program, Indianapolis Bar Association attorneys draft wills for free as a service to the community. Qualified individuals can meet privately with an attorney who will draft a last will & testament and advance directives for them. For more information on the program and how to get involved, visit www.indybar.org or contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@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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