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IBA: Still Time to Register for the IndyBar Attorney Apprentice Program

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Looking to build your skills in a new area of law or gain valuable experience that will advance both your career and employment opportunities? The IndyBar’s Attorney Apprentice Program is the perfect opportunity to gain real-world skills through hands-on practice while making meaningful connections with local colleagues

Created by the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Task Force, the Attorney Apprentice program features a core curriculum aimed at developing attorney business and marketing skills as well as substantive programming in a legal track of the participant’s choice–Civil Litigation, Transactional Practice, or Criminal Practice and Procedure. Each session will include a practice component incorporating the tell/show/do model, giving participants the opportunity to apply their newly-acquired knowledge on case studies, sample documents, and more. Participants will receive a certificate of achievement upon completion of the program.

“Those of us who were mentored by outstanding practitioners when we were ‘coming up’ in the profession remember how critical it was to learn those skills in a safe, understanding environment,” notes Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, 2013 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. “For many of our unemployed and underemployed brethren out there, that opportunity has not been within their reach. This program seeks to rectify that problem.”

The Attorney Apprentice Program will kick off in March, with the substantive tracks held weekly through early April. Scholarships have been made possible for the program through the generosity of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. For more information and to register, visit 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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