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Get Hands-On Help with Microsoft Office!Microsoft Office is one of the most commonly used tools across law firms, but even with its popularity many people do not have time to explore all of its capabilities. As a result, many users get frustrated feeling like there must be an easier way to accomplish certain tasks but they don’t know where to look for answers.


In an upcoming hands on session offered by the IndyBar Paralegal Committee on August 20, computers loaded with the newest version of Microsoft Office 365 will be available for you to explore capabilities and everyday tips and tricks that will help you overcome everyday frustrations including the ability to:

• access documents outside of the office

securely, and affordably share information with clients, experts, and co-counsel

• conduct meetings online effectively

• organize case notes in a centralized location accessible from any computer or mobile device

This program will take place in two sessions: a hands-on session from 9 a.m. to noon and a CLE program from noon to 1 p.m. You may register for either session or for both sessions. Lunch will be included with the CLE portion. Please note: the hands-on session is limited to 11 participants. Register online at www.indybar.org.

Notice of Proposed Rule Amendment

The public comment period is now open for proposed rule amendments to local Court Rule LR49-SC10-502 Attorney’s Fees. Comments will be accepted until August 30, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.in.gov/judiciary/2922.htm#local.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2013 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 8. Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at the library locations throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Green Legal Certification Period Open for 2013

Now in its second year, the IndyBar’s Green Legal Initiative seeks to encourage firms, organizations and legal departments to consider adopting “greener” business practices. Eighteen firms were recognized in the Green Legal program in 2012, and now’s your chance! Applications for certification will be accepted until September 13, and participating firms will be recognized at the bar’s annual Recognition Luncheon in November, as well as in various IndyBar publications. For more information and to access the application, visit www.indybar.org.

Student Scholarship Available from IndyBar Government Practice Section

The IndyBar Government Practice Section is pleased to announce the availability of an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to be awarded to a second- or third-year law student with an interest in government practice. All application materials are due by August 24, 2012. The scholarship will be awarded by August 22, 2013. Visit indybar.org to view additional information about the scholarship and to access the scholarship application.•

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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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