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IBA: Peterson to Highlight Luncheon

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Former Indianapolis Mayor and Eli Lilly executive Bart Peterson will be the featured speaker at the Indianapolis Bar’s luncheon on August 20 at the Hyatt Regency. The luncheon is part of the Bar’s effort to welcome students participating in the Indianapolis Bar’s 3rd Diversity Job Fair, “Metropolitan Meets Midwest” and to highlight the legal community’s commitment to enhancing diversity.

Peterson’s message is anticipated to be of special interest due to his background. As Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Bart Peterson serves on Eli Lilly and Company’s executive committee. He joined the company in June 2009 after serving as managing director of Strategic Capital Partners following two terms as mayor of Indianapolis. Peterson also earned a law degree at the University of Michigan and was formerly with Ice Miller.

Second-year students from all ABA-accredited U.S. law schools are invited to the job fair; the schools include historically African-American universities, those with a large number of Latino/Hispanic and Asian-American students and those with GLBT affinity groups and students with disabilities. 19 Indianapolis law firms and government agencies have signed to be employer participants.

Last year the job fair attracted 70 law students from across the U.S. to interview. Currently, nearly 100 students have registered to participate this year.

Making the job fair possible are the event sponsors which include Landmark Sponsor – Krieg DeVault as well as Baker & Daniels, Barnes & Thornburg, Bingham McHale, Bose McKinney, Frost Brown Todd, Kightlinger & Gray, Lewis Wagner and Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary.

Tickets for the luncheon are $35 per person, and reserved tables are available. Tickets may be purchased online at www.indybar.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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