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Many people in Indiana may be enjoying an extra-long Christmas vacation thanks to blizzard-like conditions in parts of the state. Heavy snow and high winds have led to closures, including Indiana’s appellate courts.

The Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Tax Court – located in Indianapolis – announced Wednesday morning that they would be closed. The Marion County Clerk’s Office announced Tuesday evening it would be closed; Marion Superior and Circuit courts are also closed.

Numerous courts around central and southern Indiana have shut down, including in Boone, Gibson, Henry, Knox, Rush, Vanderburgh and Vigo counties. Many town, city and county offices are closed.

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Indiana originally was open Wednesday, but made the decision to close the District and Bankruptcy courts at 10 a.m.

State government offices are open, but non-essential employees who live in areas where snow emergencies have been declared and where roads are closed are not required to report to work, Jane Jankowski, Gov. Mitch Daniels’ spokeswoman, announced Tuesday evening.

Some law offices also are quieter today because of the storm. Barnes & Thornburg LLP decided to close its Indianapolis office and has a skeletal crew providing secretarial, office services and IT support as required, said Executive Director Ken Kobe in an email to Indiana Lawyer. Some attorneys are in the office, but many are working from home.

Jim Dimos, a member with Frost Brown Todd LLC in Indianapolis, said that firm office is also closed. While some attorneys are in the office, many are working remotely.

The majority of the state is under a blizzard warning through this evening, with snow totals projected anywhere from 6 to 12 inches, or more, depending on location. As of 10 a.m., several counties, including Daviess, Monroe and Owen counties, have issued travel warnings, which restrict travel to emergency personnel only. Many counties are also under either travel watches or advisories, warning motorists to stay off the roads unless necessary.

 

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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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