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IBA seeks nominations for award

IL Staff
January 1, 2008
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The Indianapolis Bar Association's Women and the Law Division is seeking nominations for its 2008 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. July 31 is the deadline to submit nominations.

The Antoinette Dakin Leach Award recognizes a female attorney for her professional and personal accomplishments. Nominees should be those who encourage other women to pursue a legal career or blaze a path not taken by others. Nominees will be evaluated on their accomplishments, service, mentoring, and professionalism. They will be honored at a luncheon this fall.

The award is named after Antoinette Dakin Leach, who lived from 1859-1922 and was allowed to join the Indiana Bar only after the Indiana Supreme Court in 1893 overruled a lower court ruling that women are not citizens in the sense they can hold office and practice law. Leach went on to have a successful law career and was a state and national leader in the suffragist movement.

Nomination forms can be found online on the IBA's Web site. Nominations may be submitted to the Indianapolis Bar Association at iba@indybar.org, to 107 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or by fax to (317) 269-1915.
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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.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

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