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IBA Frontlines, June 8, 2011

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Enjoy an Evening of Sinatra Join the IndyBar Women & the Law Division and the Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Practice Section for an evening at Symphony on the Prairie! Featuring the hits of Frank Sinatra, this July 16 event will be a great opportunity to socialize with bar members, friends and family. Special group rate tickets and a reserved area with complimentary refreshments will be offered to IndyBar members. Visit www.indybar.org to register today.

Volunteers Needed for Naturalization Ceremonies

Twice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse welcomes newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony, and you can be a part of it. We are looking for IndyBar attorney members to volunteer to participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. The ceremonies are typically held on Thursdays twice a month at 10 a.m. in a courtroom of the U.S. District Court downtown. To volunteer, please e-mail cchopp@indybar.org.

IndyBar Provides Analysis & Insight on Barnes

The Indiana Supreme Court’s recent decision in Barnes v. State has received significant public attention. To shed light, rather than just heat, in this situation, the Indianapolis Bar Association provided background and analysis on the Barnes decision for local media. To view the full statement visit the Bar’s website at www.indybar.org.

New Lobby Hours at U.S. District Court & Bankruptcy Court

Effective July 1, 2011, the Clerk’s Office for the United States District Court and United Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana will have new lobby hours. The new lobby hours for both offices will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note that the new lobby hours are applicable to all divisions (Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Evansville and New Albany).  

Location Change for Contempt Hearings

Please note that beginning Friday, May 27th all Marion Superior Court cases set for a Contempt hearing on Friday mornings with Commissioner Mark Batties will be conducted in the Probate Court (and not in room T-341). Proceedings Supplemental will continue to use T-341 for Tuesday’s morning and afternoon calendar as well as Friday afternoon.

Impact Fund Grant Applications Due June 15

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has reorganized its grant making activity with the intent to provide greater impact with its dollars and is now organized to provide a single high dollar grant to an Indianapolis area project meeting the purpose of the IBF. For 2011, the grant amount has been determined to be $35,000. Applications for this Impact Fund grant are due June 15. For detailed information on the grant and eligibility requirements and to access the grant application see www.indybar.org.

Get Back to the Social Media Basics

No question will be a dumb question at the IndyBar’s Social Media 101 and 201 programs this summer. Designed to help internet amateurs navigate the world of social media, these sessions are sure to help attendees boost their confidence in using Facebook, Twitter and much more in both their personal and professional lives. Attendance is limited to the first 15 registrants, and attendees are invited to bring their laptops. For information and registration for the June 22 Social Media 101 session and the July 20 Social Media 201 session visit the Bar’s website.

Legal Line Volunteers: Thank You

By volunteering two hours of their time the lawyers from assisted over 50 local residents in providing free legal advice through the Bar’s monthly telephone legal advice program, Legal Line. Thanks go to Marie Alexander, Louis Britton, Marci Guevara, Aubrey Kuchar, Matt Phillips, and Drew Price.•

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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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