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IBA: Judicial Candidate Survey Ends January 18

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The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee (“JEPAC”) survey of 2012 candidates for the Marion Superior Court will close at 11:59 p.m. on January 18. Results of the survey will be released to the public on January 20.

Twenty-six candidates have made their interest in participating in the May primary known to the Bar. Four incumbent candidates are not seeking re-election. Those judges are Hon. Barbara Collins, Hon. Reuben Hill, Hon. S.K. Reid and Hon. William Young. Eighteen candidates will ultimately be elected.

All IndyBar members, attorneys in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the Marion County Public Defender Agency, as well as attorneys with accessible email addresses who have entered an appearance in a court where the incumbent judge is seeking election were included in the mailing list for the survey. Anyone not receiving the survey that should be included due to this criteria should contact the IndyBar at jarmstrong@indybar.org or call 317.269.2000.•

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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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