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IBF hires new civics education manager

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Second-year law student Andrew Homan started Jan. 3 as the Indiana Bar Foundation’s new civics education program manager.

Homan previously worked for U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh as the deputy state director and has been a volunteer with the Peace Corps.

Homan will manage the IBF’s We the People program, which teaches the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and founding principles of U.S. government; Project Citizen, which teaches students about public policy through community service projects; the Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council, which advises Indiana legislators on matters affecting young people; and the U.S. Senate Youth Program for Indiana.

Previously, the IBF had three full-time staff working with educators on these programs. The IBF announced over the summer that due to budget cuts, the positions would be restructured and handled by one IBF staff member as of January 2011.

Because the IBF restructured its civics education staff, the programs will rely more on volunteers for help with the various programs. The IBF will also focus on supporting educators who have already been involved with the programs, instead of focusing its attention on adding new educators.

More information about IBF civics education programs is available at http://www.inbf.org/civic_education_programs.

Rehearing "Foundation cuts civics program staff" IL Sept. 1-14, 2010

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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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