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ITLA to give $30,000 Conour donation to restitution fund

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A $30,000 donation that convicted former attorney William Conour made four years ago to the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association will be given to a federal court fund to provide restitution to his fraud victims.

Conour in July pleaded guilty to a count of wire fraud in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He admitted to information alleging he defrauded more than two dozen clients of at least $4.5 million. He faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Years before he was charged, Conour donated $30,000 in May 2009 to a general fundraising campaign for ITLA. “The ITLA has requested a court order authorizing them to deposit $30,000 with the Clerk of the U.S. District Court to be used for funding the payment of restitution to the victims in this case,” according to an Aug. 15 order signed by Southern District Chief Judge Richard Young.

The donation from ITLA marks the second contribution Conour made to legal institutions that have been provided to the court for victim restitution. The day Conour’s guilty plea was accepted, Indiana University vowed to return a $450,000 donation Conour made years earlier, and the university announced the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis would excise the honorary naming of the William and Jennifer Conour Atrium at the law school.

ITLA executive director Micki Wilson said the organization’s executive committee unanimously agreed to take the action. “It was the right thing to do,” she said Tuesday.

Conour, 66, also has agreed to the sale of assets from his former Carmel home to raise money for restitution after he is sentenced Oct. 17. Conour has been in the Marion County Jail since Young revoked his bond June 27 for dissipating assets without court approval.
 

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  • CONOUR'S NAME STILL ON PLAQUE AND APPARRENTLY IS NAME OF ATRIUM
    Was Recently at I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Although article says I. U. "would excise the honorary naming of the William and Jennifer Conour Atrium at the law school" it has not done so. The plaque naming the atrium is still in place and an employee told this visitor that the whole big main hall was the Conour atrium. Do lawyers and law schools always have to think like lawyers? Can't they get outside the box and just use plain sense and do what they say they are going to do or do what is right without first getting a court's or someone's prior approval? Squirrel

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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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