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Justice David to head panel at NWI pro bono event

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Indiana Justice Steven David, appellate Judge Melissa May and lawyers and judges from Pro Bono District A, will be among the presenters at a day-long CLE event July 27 at Valparaiso University Law School. “A Potpourri of Timely Topics” is co-sponsored by the law school and NWI Volunteer Lawyers Inc., the District A pro bono project.

Topics on the agenda include recent developments in Chapter 13 bankruptcy; advanced issues in workers’ compensation; recent developments in criminal law – especially OWI cases; navigating the new child support guidelines; self-represented litigants and family law; and veteran’s issues and assisting with Veterans Affairs appeals.

David will present “You, John Adams, and the Rule of Law. Don’t Give Up the Fight” at the plenary session scheduled for 10:20 a.m. May will speak on “What to do and not do as a Lawyer in and out of the Courtroom” at the working lunch. G. Michael Witte, executive secretary of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, will offer “Witty Ways to Avoid Witte.” And Porter Superior Judge William Alexa will present “Don’t look now, but your client is setting up an appeal/PCR/Habeas for incompetent counsel.”

Other presenters scheduled include Chapter 13 Trustee Paul Chael; workers’ comp Judge A. James Sarkisian; family court Magistrates Nanette Raduenz and Mary DeBoer; Elizabeth Murphy, general counsel to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles; and attorneys Polli Pollum, Jeff Clymer and Paul Stanko.

Judy Stanton, executive director of NWI Volunteer Lawyers, is seeking law firms that are interested in underwriting the event, which is a fundraiser for the District A pro bono project. Donors will be acknowledged in the formal program for the event.

Registration is $200 and the event is approved for up to 6 hours CLE, 2.5 hours ethics and 2.5 hours of new lawyer CLE credit. To register, contact Judy Stanton at probono@hobartlaw.net or 219-942-3404.•

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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.

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  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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