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IndyBar: Women & the Law Division Seeking Nominations for Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

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To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division present the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, named for the first woman who gained admittance to the Indiana Bar. If you know a successful female attorney who exemplifies the determination and successes of Antoinette Dakin Leach, then please nominate her for the 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.

Antoinette Dakin Leach (1859-1922) gained admittance to the Indiana Bar only after the Indiana Supreme Court overruled a lower court ruling which stated that a woman was “not a citizen in the sense that she could hold office and practice law.” Ms. Leach went on to a successful career as an attorney and was a state and national leader in the suffragist movement.

Please take a moment to nominate a female attorney who has demonstrated some of the attributes of Antoinette Dakin Leach by encouraging other women in the pursuit of this honorable profession or blazing a path not taken by others. The nomination form can be found online at www.indybar.org; the deadline for nominations is July 31, 2013.

Past award winners are: Hon. V. Sue Shields, Virginia Dill McCarty, Hon. Sarah Evans Barker, Shirley A. Shideler, Hon. Pamela F. Carter, Hon. Myra C. Selby, Francina A. Dlouhy, Mary Y. Marsh, Kristin G. Fruehwald, Ann DeLaney, Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, Joan Fullam Irick, Hon. Betty J. Barteau, Deborah J. Daniels, Hon. Patricia L. Gifford, Hon. Denise K. LaRue, Abigail Kuzma, Monica Foster, Deborah Helpler, Julia Blackwell Gelinas, Hon. Margret Robb and Kathleen Lucas.•

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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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