College student preparing for legal career

May 11, 2011
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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne student Christopher Akinyemi is getting some real world experience with the legal system before becoming a law student.

MSNBC had a blog about the Indiana man who has taken several big companies to small claims court when he feels like he’s been taken advantage of and the company isn’t doing all it can to remedy problems. He says his goal isn’t the money, but to make the companies do right by people. “I have a heart for justice in business. I’m on a mission to show you don’t have to pay a lawyer $225 an hour to get your voice heard,” he said.

The blog post goes into all the companies Akinyemi has sued, such as Priceline and Dell Inc., and how he usually gets a settlement of $500 or more. How does he do it? He tells the companies’ attorneys that instead of paying the attorneys to come to the courthouse, why don’t we just settle?

He tells people not to be intimidated by the process and encourages every consumer to know how to use small claims court. According to the post, he hopes to go to law school once he graduates from IPFW.

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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