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Marion Superior judge recognized for service

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Marion Superior Judge Cynthia Ayers was honored today by her colleagues and the business community during Indiana Black Expo for her many years of service on and off the bench.

Judge Ayers took the bench nearly 19 years ago and was one of the first female African-American judges elected to a Superior Court in Indiana. She presides in the Civil Division.

The judge chairs the Indianapolis Bar Association's Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force and spearheaded a new Local Rule for Marion County to require meetings between borrowers and lenders for all foreclosure civil suits to seek alternatives to foreclosure.

She is a member of the Committee for Character and Fitness of the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Judges Association, American Inns of Court, and the National Bar Association Judicial Council. The judge was recognized at a luncheon that brought together African-American appointed and elected officials from around the state to network with minority-owned businesses.

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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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