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McPherson Recognized With Award

Heather McPherson, Senior Counsel, Kroger, Gardis & Regas, LLP, has been recognized for the second time as a Five Star Wealth Management professional. McPherson’s previous award was in 2009. The Five Star Professional award is presented to service professionals, such as wealth managers and real estate agents, in more than 45 markets in the U.S. and Canada. The Five Star Professional award goes to service professionals who score highest in overall satisfaction. The research methodology allows no more than 7% of service professionals in a given market to qualify for the Five Star Award.

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 typically presented in four categories: Practicing Attorney, Aiding Individuals; Practicing Attorney, Aiding Entities; Law Firm and Law Student. The nomination form is available at the www.indybar.org homepage. Nominations are due October 17, 2011. The awards will be presented at the Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, November 29.

Orders Amending Rules of Court Released

The Indiana Supreme Court has released several orders amending the Indiana Rules of Court. The effective date for most rule changes is January 1, 2012, though amendments to Admission and Discipline Rule 23 § 27 took place immediately. To view all of the orders see the Indiana Supreme Court website.

Get Your APC Credit With The IndyBar

Sign up today for the IndyBar’s Applied Professionalism Course (APC), a dynamic program created to fulfill the APC credit requirement for attorneys in their first three years of practice. This event is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 and includes a free post-seminar social event at Champps. Register online at www.indybar.org.

Training Sessions Offered for Pro Bono Volunteers

The Julian Center, in partnership with Baker & Daniels, Barnes & Thornburg, Ice Miller, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, the Heartland Pro Bono Council, the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, is offering three upcoming continuing legal education classes. All sessions are offered for free to those who agree to accept a pro bono case. Family Law and Domestic Violence will be held on Friday, October 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Barnes & Thorneburg. Advanced Family Law will be held on Friday, November 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at Baker & Daniels. Immigration Law will be held on Friday, October 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Ice Miller. For more information on these opportunities and online registration see the Julian Center’s website at www.juliancenter.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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