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Indy Bar: Stock the Schools to Benefit Local Students, Teachers

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iba-box.jpgWith over half of the children in Marion County unable to afford school lunch, it shouldn’t be surprising that there are little funds available for these students to purchase the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. As the school buses head out for a new year, the IndyBar Professionalism Committee urges firms, agencies and legal departments to “Stock the Schools” in the committee’s inaugural school supply drive to benefit local non-profit Teachers’ Treasures.

From August 1 through August 14, the Indy legal community is encouraged to begin collecting school supplies to be donated to Teachers’ Treasures, which connects teachers with free supplies they can use to assist their students. This school supply drive will culminate in a public drop-off site on the south side of Monument Circle on August 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Firms are encouraged to collect items on the Teachers’ Treasure’s wish list (right) whether purchased new or donated from unneeded firm supplies.

“Through this drive, we’re not only helping teachers help students, we’re also hopefully raising the profile of lawyers in Indianapolis, demonstrating the efforts many of us undertake on a daily basis to serve those around us,” says Brian Zoeller, chair of the bar’s Professionalism Committee.

Working with more than 240 schools to benefit over 100,000 Marion County school children, Teachers’ Treasures has been operating as a free school supply store since 2000. Teachers “shop” once each month for the items their students need to complete homework and class assignments. By using items donated by businesses and individuals, Teachers’ Treasures provides a unique way to transfer unneeded surplus items to teachers and children in need.

Boxes for collection of items are available by contacting Caren Chopp at cchopp@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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