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Vote set on federal magistrate's nomination

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The U.S. Senate plans to vote Monday on an Indianapolis federal magistrate’s nomination for a constitutionally created judgeship in the Southern District of Indiana.

An executive calendar for June 7 shows that senators will turn to nomination discussion at 4:30 p.m. on three individuals, including U.S. Magistrate Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. A vote on the three nominations is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The other two listed are Audrey Fleissig for the Eastern District of Missouri and Lucy Koh for the Northern District of California.

President Barack Obama in January nominated Magistrate Magnus-Stinson to fill a seat left open last summer by the retirement of U.S. Judge Larry McKinney. Her nomination came at the same time as the president chose Marion Superior Judge Tanya Walton Pratt for a Southern District vacancy and Jon DeGuilio for the Northern District of Indiana. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations in March, and both Magistrate Magnus-Stinson and Judge Pratt await a final confirmation vote. Senators unanimously confirmed DeGuilio on May 11.

Spokesman Brian Weiss in Sen. Evan Bayh’s office in Washington, D.C., said today that there was no indication when senators might turn to the nomination of Judge Pratt, who would fill an opening left by Judge David F. Hamilton when he moved to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
 

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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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