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Leadership in Law 2012: Andrew L. Campbell

Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Andrew Campbell (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Andrew Campbell is an accomplished litigator in product liability and commercial matters, but his contributions extend beyond his litigation skills and work ethic. He has led and advanced pro bono services in Indianapolis and has been recognized for his commitment to serving those in need.

In 2012, I’d like to
continue to build a more independent practice.

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
be imaginative about your employment prospects, the legal field is very broad.

My long-term career goal is
to be constantly challenged.

If I weren’t an attorney, I’d be
a (very) starving musician.

My escape from work is
my wife and best friend, Emily.

The three words that best describe me are
organized, responsive and committed.

My mentor has taught me
look for creative solutions; cooperation and compromise often lead to better solutions for your clients.

In the movie about my life,
Judge Reinhold – because he is my doppelganger, and I’m a bit of a close talker – would play me.
 

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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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