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Indiana Lawyer Editorial

Prior to Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard’s retirement last month, I had the opportunity to talk with him about some of his most memorable experiences as an Indiana Supreme Court justice. One of the highlights he recalled was reading over applications and interviewing those lawyers who, over the years, had thrown their hats in the ring to be considered for openings on the state’s Supreme Court or Court of Appeals. Shepard told me that he wished more citizens could see the quality and commitment of the people who applied, because it would give them great confidence in the judicial branch and the legal profession.

I could relate to the feeling that Shepard was trying to convey, because I think the same could be said about many of the attorneys who are nominated for the Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law awards. In this issue, we are pleased to present and congratulate the 2012 Leadership in Law Distinguished Barrister and Up and Coming Award winners.

The nominations received tell the story of impressive court victories and decisions that have had an impact on Indiana law. But even more telling is the passion that comes through in many of the nomination packets and letters of recommendation from colleagues, peers and even adversaries who say they are better lawyers for having worked with the individual nominated. It is clear that Indiana lawyers are making a huge impact in their communities, and these individuals are using their time and talent – both professional and personal – to make our state a better place.

We hope that the profiles included in the Leadership in Law supplement will help you get to know each of this year’s honorees in a personal and professional way. Information provided by the nominators introduces each lawyer, and following that, we asked the honorees to tell us a bit about themselves. Our 2012 class of Distinguished Barristers and Up and Coming Award winners revealed themselves to be accomplished, adventuresome, thoughtful, caring and, sometimes, quirky individuals.

Being involved with the Leadership in Law Award program is inspiring for the staff of the Indiana Lawyer. The only negative aspect of the experience is that there are far more very deserving lawyers nominated than we are able to honor annually. I encourage you to begin thinking about attorneys you know who deserve to be called a Distinguished Barrister or Up and Coming Lawyer, and nominate those individuals for the award in 2013.•

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  1. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  2. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

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  4. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

  5. Can I get this form on line,if not where can I obtain one. I am eligible.

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