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The Indiana Court of Appeals has not had any published or unpublished opinions posted online since May 6.

Don’t worry. That’s not a glitch, and the state’s appellate judges aren’t slacking.

Appellate Clerk Kevin Smith said no glitches were preventing opinions from being posted online. There just haven’t been any opinions ready to be handed down recently, he said.

Chief Judge John G. Baker said there’s nothing to worry about.

This year, the state-marked holiday for primary election day May 4 combined with the appellate court’s arguments scheduled outside Indianapolis meant that no opinions were circulated as usual last week. Opinions are typically posted about a week after they are circulated internally for review by the judges sitting on the court panels, but that didn’t happen last week and meant a lapse in finalized rulings, Chief Judge Baker said.

“April was slammed, and we had two teams on the road every week,” the chief judge said, noting the court’s had 23 traveling arguments so far this year.

The court’s oral argument website page shows that judges heard arguments in Evansville on primary day, in West Lafayette Wednesday, and in Wheatfield Friday.

For those watching appellate opinions online, the chief judge also noted that Wednesday might likely only produce one opinion. But he said this time of year usually produces fewer opinions being posted, even though judges are continuing their work.

In the five past years, the first week of May – even those when the state paused for primary elections – has produced appellate opinions. The court’s opinion page shows that 27 opinions came down in 2009 during the first week of the month not counting primary election day; 67 in 2008, 57 in 2007, and 10 in 2006.

 

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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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