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Commission Accepting Applications for Supreme Court Vacancy

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission is currently accepting applications for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court caused by Justice Theodore Boehm’s retirement in September 2010. Candidates must be Indiana residents and must have been a member of the Indiana bar for ten years or an Indiana judge for five years. Applications, due June 30, are available here. Go here for more information from the Supreme Court.

Website Aims to Educate Voters

Voters can learn about the Indiana Appellate Court judges on the November retention ballot at a special website provided by the court. The website, which can be found at www.courts.in.gov/retention, is designed to give voters accessed to both biographical information about the judges and details on decisions they have made while serving on the bench.

Joseph Maley Foundation 5K Run, Walk, and Roll

The Joseph Maley Foundation invites all runners, walkers and wheelchair racers to be part of the 2nd Annual Joseph Maley Foundation 5K Run, Walk, and Roll. The event, which includes a 5K run and a two mile family walk, will take place on Saturday, July 10, at 8 a.m. at Eagle Creek Park. To register online, go to www.josephmaley.org.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers

Thank you to the following individuals for volunteering their time at the IndyBar’s monthly Legal Line program: Michael Getty, Doug Hill, Kevin Hoover, Keith Kinney, Carolyn Miller and Christopher Wahl, all of Hill Fulwider McDowell Funk & Matthews PC, and David Duncan, Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle, LLP; Michael Gaerte, Borland & Gaerte PC; and Edward Thomas, Lewis Wagner LLP.

The IBF Needs You!

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s annual Evening Under the Stars event is a major source of funding for the IBF’s various grants and initiatives, and you can help the 2010 event to be the most successful one yet. The IBF is looking for donations of items to be placed in the silent auction at the event. Creativity is encouraged! For more information or to donate, contact Megan Tinder at mtinder@indybar.org..

We’ve Got Legal Directories!

A limited number of 2010 IBA Legal Directories are available for purchase. This pictorial directory features listings for nearly 5,000 legal professionals in the Indy area, plus contact information for firms, courts and agencies. Each directory is $40 and can be purchased at the IBA office or contacting iba@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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