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Marion County Civil Courts Moving to Odyssey On Monday, May 13, 2013, Marion County Circuit & Superior Civil Courts will officially be part of Odyssey, the Indiana Supreme Court’s statewide judicial case management system. This transition is a result of a 16-month process moving from the JUSTIS mainframe system implemented by the county in 1988 to a web-based program that allows for greater communication between Indiana’s county courts. To learn more about how this transition may affect you and about what you can expect with Odyssey beginning May 13, visit http://www.indy.gov/eGov/County/Clerk.

To learn even more about the Odyssey system, plan to attend “Odyssey in Marion County: The Basics for Practitioners,” which will be offered for CLE credit by the IndyBar on Tuesday, June 11 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Register online at www.indybar.org.

Public Opinion Requested on Possible Rule Changes

The Indiana Supreme Court is interested in obtaining comments from judges, attorneys and the general public as it considers changes to several Rules of Court. Visit courts.in.gov to view descriptions of proposed changes. Comments should be sent by June 5 either via email to RulesComments@courts.in.gov or by mail to Lilia G. Judson, Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration, 30 South Meridian St., Suite 500, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. 

IndyBar Honors Paralegal of the Year

Congratulations to Denise Bowlby of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP for being named the IndyBar’s Paralegal of the Year for 2013! Ms. Bowlby will be honored at the upcoming Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, May 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris. Make plans to say “thanks” to your paralegal by registering online at www.indybar.org.

Indianapolis Bar Foundation Seeking Annual Fund Director

Founded in 1968, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s mission to advance justice and lead positive change in our city through philanthropy, education and service has inspired thousands of hours of volunteer service and funded more than 20 programs each year. We now seek an Annual Fund Director to help us give greater aid to our neighbors by growing our annual fund campaign which has typically raised $250,000 to $300,000.  Under administrative direction of the Executive Director, this individual will develop, plan and implement an annual fund development program for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) in line with its strategic goals; identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors; develop fundraising strategies; serve as liaison to all committees; and support budget, projects, goals, and strategic planning. To view the full job description and requirements, please visit www.indybar.org.

Qualified individuals interested in applying for this position may submit a resume and cover letter to Julie Armstrong at 135 N. Pennsylvania, Suite 1500, Indianpolis, IN 46204 or jarmstrong@indybar.org  by May 13, 2013. Please, no phone calls.•

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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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