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Indiana deans support Georgia's rule of law

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Two Indiana law school deans joined 67 other deans in signing a statement of support for international norms of conduct and the rule of law in the Caucasus region in light of the recent violence between Russia and the Republic of Georgia.

"The actions of Russia threaten ... the people of Georgia and the Georgians' commitment to values we hold fundamental and daily teach to our students," the deans wrote in their letter. Recipients of the statement include the U.S. Department of State, numerous congressional delegations, and political and academic figures in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Dean Jay Conison of Valparaiso University School of Law, who signed the statement, participated in the Conference on Judicial Independence and Legal Education in Tbilisi in July that was organized by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Indiana Lawyer reported about Conison's experience in the Aug. 6-19, 2008, edition of the paper.

Conison is vice chair of the ABA committee responsible for accreditation of law schools in the United States and incorporated his experience into discussions about the importance of law school accreditation. Another dean who signed, Veryl V. Miles, dean of Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, was also at the conference.

A spokesman for Conison said he and others at that conference have been in contact with their legal counterparts in the Republic of Georgia.

Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington's dean Lauren Robel also signed the statement.
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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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