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Ukrainian delegates visit Indianapolis, observe legal system

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Six delegates from the Ukraine’s legal community will be in Indianapolis through Saturday to learn about the American legal system by observing court hearings and meeting with members of the legal community, as well as participating in cultural activities.

The Open World Leadership Center is funding the visit, and the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium, a group of legal communities that seeks to build legal institutions by hosting delegations from Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet republics who study various facets of the U.S. legal system, is administering the visit.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is hosting the delegates, and delegates will be staying with volunteers in their homes.

Delegates will be able to observe the legal system first hand, including oral arguments at the Indiana Supreme Court, and visits to the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, the Marion Superior Court, the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Arrestee Processing Center.

In addition to visits to courts and legal organizations, members of the Attorney General’s staff, including Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher; Chief Deputy Attorney General Gary Secrest; and Deputy Attorney General Abigail Kuzma, chief counsel of the Consumer Protection Division; and congressional staff from the offices of both U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and Congressman Steve Buyer will meet with the delegates. Delegates will also meet with Indiana senators.

The Open World program, founded by Congress in 1999, will also fund cultural experiences for the delegates, including visits to the Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, an Indiana Ice hockey game, the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway, and other cultural attractions in Indianapolis.

A more in-depth look at this visit will be in the Oct. 27, 2010, edition of Indiana Lawyer.

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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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