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IBA: Go West, IndyBar! Go West! Quality CLE & Networking Await You

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By The Hon. Cale Bradford, Indiana Court of Appeals

Dear Fellow IndyBar Members:

It is with great pleasure that I will host this year’s IndyBar Destination CLE, taking place in Sedona, Arizona from November 15 to November 17. To entice your attendance, this year’s CLE will be held at the Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa, nestled into the red rock wall of Sedona’s Boynton Canyon. Your Indianapolis Bar Association has worked tirelessly to assemble programming, speakers and events to make this one of the most valuable and memorable seminars and networking experiences of your career.

Along with Scott Newman, former Marion County Prosecutor and Director of Strand Laboratories, I am also honored to be presenting an educational session in Sedona we have dubbed, “Me and You and Rule 702.”

For the past few years, Scott and I have taught a class of up-and-coming expert witnesses at IUPUI, focusing on the admission of expert testimony and expert testimony techniques. As a spinoff of our research and teaching, we have developed a segment for you that tracks the development of law for the admission of expert testimony—from Frye to Federal Rule 702, through Daubert, and on to Kuhmo Tire. We will cover recent amendments to Rule 702 as well as provide a thorough discussion of Indiana Rule of Evidence 702 and the recent Indiana Supreme Court case, Turner v. State.

Is Indiana a Daubert state or not a Daubert state? What are the most important things my expert witness needs to remember while testifying? For answers to these questions and more, it’s time to “get back on the road again” and join the IndyBar in Sedona, Arizona. Great programming and camaraderie await you in November. I hope to see you there!•
 

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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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