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Five Ukrainian judges have been in central Indiana this week examining the U.S. judicial system. The judges, who arrived Nov. 15, have attended an oral argument and luncheon at the Indiana Supreme Court, viewed criminal and civil proceedings in Indianapolis and Noblesville, and visited the Indiana Women's Prison. They are scheduled to leave central Indiana Saturday.

The visiting judges are Liliya Anatoliyivna Andryushyna, Judge, Makeevka City Court; Taras Mykhaylovych Antonyak, Judge, Ivano Frankivsk City Court; Andriy Yuriyovych Malyeyev, Judge and Head of the Court, Ivano-Frankivsk City Court; Volodymyr Mykolayovych Shyyan, Judge and Head of the Court, Kyiv District Court of Poltava; and Serhiy Mykolayovych Yaroshenko, Assistant to Deputy Head Judge of the Criminal Chamber, Appellate Court. Iryna Oleksiyivna Khymchak accompanied them as a facilitator.

The Ukrainian judges also met with Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, Hamilton Superior Court Magistrate William Greenway, and attorney Julie C. Sipe of the Indiana Judicial Center.

The judges are in Indiana as part of the Open World Program - an exchange program that allows participants to get an inside look at the U.S. judicial system and develop ties with the U.S. judges who host them.

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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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