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Judge clears IU to donate $450,000 for Conour victim restitution

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A judge last week approved an order clearing the way for Indiana University to transfer $450,000 to a federal court restitution fund for victims of former personal-injury and wrongful-death attorney William Conour.

The order, signed Thursday by Chief Judge Richard Young of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, enables the university to fulfill its pledge to transfer money that Conour donated to the law school in Indianapolis in 2008.

“Indiana University and Indiana University Foundation wish to return the (funds) for use in the payment of restitution in this case,” Young wrote, noting the institutions “requested that the court enter an order authorizing them to deposit $450,000 with the Clerk of the U.S. District Court to be used for funding the payment of restitution to the victims in this case.”

I.U. announced when Conour pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge that it would rescind the gift and use the money for victim restitution. The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law also excised the honorary naming of the William and Jennifer Conour Atrium.

Conour pleaded guilty July 15 to government charges that he defrauded at least 25 clients of more than $4.5 million he received in negotiated settlements. He entered a plea a short time after he was jailed in June for dissipating assets in violation of terms of bond.

Conour since has been held in the Marion County Jail, though he has asked Young to release him pending sentencing. Young has  taken no action on the request.

     
 

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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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