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State bar releases results of COA retention survey

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If the results of the Indiana State Bar Association’s 2010 Judicial Retention Poll are any indicator of next month’s election, then the five Indiana Court of Appeals judges up for a vote will be easily retained.

Judges L. Mark Bailey, Cale J. Bradford, Elaine B. Brown, Melissa S. May, and Margret G. Robb received 75 percent or more “yes” votes from 1,078 ISBA members. Judge Bailey received 86.7 percent “yes” votes; Judge Bradford received 83.2 percent; Judge Brown received 74.9 percent; Judge May received 82.7 percent, and Judge Robb received 83.1 percent.

The ISBA’s Improvements in the Judicial System Committee e-mailed the poll to its members in three installments. The polls were sent out Sept. 17, Sept. 24, and Oct. 1. This is the second time members were polled electronically.

Indiana Lawyer posed several questions to the judges up for retention. Read those answers here.

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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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