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IBA Seeks Volunteers for Diversity Task Force

The IBA seeks members interested in serving on a short-term task force to undertake the creation of a report to the IBA Board of Directors regarding diversity within the Indianapolis Bar Association. The effort will be chaired by Marisol Sanchez of Bose McKinney & Evans. Work is slated to begin in June and conclude by September 2010. Those members interested should email Julie Armstrong, IBA Executive Director, at jarmstrong@indybar.org.

Diversity Job Fair Employer Openings

Local law firms and companies are urged to sign up to interview qualified diverse candidates for summer 2011 employment at the IBA Diversity Job Fair. Firms will interview on Friday, August 20; a welcome reception is set for Thursday, August 19. Keynote luncheon on August 20 will feature former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, now senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Eli Lilly and Co. Information and employer registration can be found at www.ibadiversityjobfair.org.

Opperman Roundtable Registration Now Open

Registration for the Leonard H. Opperman Chapter 11 Roundtable, presented by the IBA Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section, is now open. The seminar, reception and dinner will be held on Thursday, June 10 at the Hilton Indianapolis. The fourth annual Opperman Seminar will provide an exciting opportunity for attorneys to discuss and debate issues central to their everyday practice and will be moderated by two distinguished judges: the Honorable William R. Sawyer, United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Alabama; and the Honorable Thomas H. Fulton, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky.

Interested in Public Outreach - Let us Know

The IBA is forming a committee to create and/or organize the association’s public outreach activities unrelated to pro bono service. Examples may include programs or services such as educational videos, publications, programs for children, etc. The committee will be chaired by Andi Metzel of Benesch/Dann Pecar. IBA members interested in serving on the committee should email Julie Armstrong, IBA Executive Director, at jarmstrong@indybar.org.

Summer Kick-Off Cookout: Sat., May 15

Don’t miss this family-friendly kick-off to the summer, open to all IBA members and their families! We will be flaming up the grill for a “IBA Celebrity Cook-Off” and organizing games for kids and adults of all ages. This is an event for those who think that networking doesn’t always have to involve a suit jacket. Please bring your family for an afternoon of fun and entertainment

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful with the Young Lawyers Division

Don’t miss this opportunity to help beautify an area of our city near downtown Indianapolis with fellow members of the IBA Young Lawyers Division on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented by the Go Green Committee of the Young Lawyers Division in conjunction with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, this community service event is in need of volunteers to help complete a landscape project, which includes the planting of shrubs and trees.

Volunteers will meet at the parking lot at 271 Prospect St., near the intersection of Prospect and Alabama streets, and then will move as a group to the project site. Email bsmiley@indybar.org to volunteer.•

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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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