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Central Indiana students who have an interest in the law will get an up-close-and-personal look at it through an intensive summer program beginning June 6 at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.

Just The Beginning Foundation, a nonprofit organization of lawyers, judges, and other citizens dedicated to developing an interest in the law among a diverse group of people, is presenting the free program to 35 Indianapolis-area diverse and underserved students. The weeklong Summer Legal Institute hopes to inspire students to consider and pursue a career in the legal field.

JTBF is partnering with U.S. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, Bose McKinney & Evans, Barnes & Thornburg, Ice Miller, Reach for Youth Inc., and the law school to host various parts of the institute, including a networking reception, lunches with attorneys, and negotiation exercises, said Dana Horst, director of development and marketing for JTBF. Judge Pratt will host a Federal Courts Day June 7.

This is the second year JTBF has conducted the Summer Legal Institute in Indianapolis. The first program was held in June 2010. Horst said the organization hopes to make Indianapolis an annual program site for the Summer Legal Institute.

A few openings remain available for students. Those interested in attending should download the application and send it to the program directors at summerprograms@jtbf.org. Applications must be received by noon on June 3. Those interested in volunteering can contact the program directors or Horst at dhorst@jtbf.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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