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Leadership in Law 2012: Anna Mandula

Associate, Johnson & Bell, Crown Point Valparaiso University Law School

April 25, 2012
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Anna Mandula (IL Photo/ Steve Linsenmayer)

Anna Mandula, a general negligence and health care attorney, has shown herself in the community to be an honorable and excellent example of what a young lawyer should be: she has class, intelligence, ethics, humility and integrity. She participates in Share the Love to support women in the community and supports The Cancer Resource Centre. Anna is always willing to lend a hand to fellow attorneys.

In 2012, I’d like to
continue to gain knowledge and experience to build my career and be better able to serve clients and positively impact the community at large.

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
to remember that what you lack in experience, make up for in preparation.

The three words that best describe me are
hardworking, determined and honest.

My long-term career goal is
to make partner at my firm.

If I weren’t an attorney, I’d be
an interior designer and decorator.

My escape from work is
spending as much time as possible with my family and friends and redecorating my house (and my parents’ house, too).

My mentor has taught me
(and continues to teach me) what being an attorney is all about; to not be afraid to admit when you don’t know something; and the value of extensive preparation.

In the movie about my life,
Rachel Weisz 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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