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Gilliam Recognized by U.S. Army for Outstanding Civilian ServiceJudith Gilliam of Baker & Daniels LLP was honored by the United States Army with a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in recognition of her consistently high quality legal skills and exceptional dedication and service as a paralegal to wounded warriors.

For the past two years, Gilliam served in Germany as a paralegal in the Office of Soldiers Counsel — Medical Evaluation Board/Physical Evaluation Board in Europe, assisting wounded and disabled soldiers in completing disability evaluation for retention or retirement. She reviewed medical records, researched medical conditions, prepared legal documents, and assisted other paralegals and military attorneys located throughout Europe with case preparation.

Public Notice of Local Rule Amendments

The District Court has released for a period of public comment through December 15, 2011, the amendment of all civil Local Rules of the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, and if adopted, will be effective January 1, 2012. The proposed amendments are available on the court’s website.

Join us for Winter Fun With the Indiana Ice

Join the IndyBar Solo/Small Firm Section for the first IndyBar day with the Indiana Ice! Watch the Ice take on Green Bay at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Solo/Small Firm Section members attend for free, while Women & the Law Division members pay just $8 and all other IndyBar members and guests can attend for $13 each (discounted from $18 per ticket). Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for fun with colleagues, family and friends! Get additional details and register online at www.indybar.org.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers

Thank you to the following Wooden & McLaughlin LLP attorneys who graciously volunteered their time to staff the IndyBar’s November Legal Line program: Dale Eikenberry, Matt Adolay, Maureen Ward, Amy VonDielingen, Blaire Henley, Travis Smith, Matt Trainor and Kip McDonald.

Running for Judicial Office in 2012?

The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee requests that any non-incumbent candidates that will seek election to the Marion Superior Court bench in 2012 notify the bar so that information related to the PAC and the election process can be shared. Please contact Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org.

Picture Yourself in the IndyBar Online Legal Directory

Did you know that IndyBar members have 24/7 access to an online directory featuring thousands of legal professionals — both IndyBar members and non-members — in the area? The IndyBar online directory can be found at www.indybar.org, and the Bar wants to make sure as many lawyers as possible are included. If your directory listing does not include a photo, email your photo to tmoore@indybar.org.

7.0 Hours of Free CLE Offered on December 16

Training of pro bono volunteers for the Protective Order Pro Bono Project will be held December 16th (a Friday) and will provide 7.0 hours of FREE CLE (Including .5 hours of Ethics credit) for those volunteers who take one case within the next 12 months. Hosted by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the seminar will be green, so laptops will be needed to access materials. Lunch will be provided and parking is free. To register, contact the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The POPBP recruits and trains pro bono attorneys, law students and paralegals to represent victims of domestic violence in their civil protection order hearings regardless of their current area of practice. This comprehensive training helps practitioners understand how to work for and with a survivor of violence, the ins and outs of Indiana’s Civil Protection Order Act, possible state and federal firearm laws that affect the parties, and JTAC’s Protection Order Registry. The training is a collaboration of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, the Julian Center, the Domestic Violence Network and Heartland Pro Bono Council.•

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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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