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Leadership in Law 2013: David P. Lynch

Associate, Amy Noe Law, Richmond Capital University Law School

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David P. Lynch is as comfortable helping clients feed their farm animals while discussing legal matters as he is sitting in a courtroom or at a conference table. All he asks is that they let him know what is best for them, he jokes, so he wears the right shoes. David has a knack for making his clients feel at ease and comfortable. He had his own practice before recently joining Amy Noe Law. David also regularly takes cases knowing he may never be paid and never seeks credit for helping with these matters. He also knows quite a bit about fireworks law – he works as legal counsel and consultant for his family’s fireworks import business. David is active in the Indiana State Bar Association, participating in five committees.

Would a world without 24/7 technology be a good or bad thing?
I was an archaeologist before I went to law school, and I have always romanticized the past. Good thing!

You deal with fireworks as legal counsel for your family’s business. What is your favorite firework?
There’s nothing like Yung Feng’s Nishiki Kamuro shells. Huge, dense, perfectly symmetrical.

If you could go back in time, “when” would you go to and what would you do?
I would like to see how ceramic technology and ornamentation developed in the late prehistoric period in eastern North America (probably around 1200 AD) as agriculture began to allow more sedentary existence and establishment of more-or-less permanent villages. 

What’s the most important thing your mentor has taught you?
She’s taught me quite a lot, but the most important thing is that I don’t have to pretend to be someone that I’m not to be a good lawyer and a leader in my community. 

If you could take a sabbatical from the law for a year to work your fantasy job, what job would you choose?
I would like to work at a restaurant specializing in molecular gastronomy.

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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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