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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. Oh, the name calling was not name calling, it was merely social commentary making this point, which is on the minds of many, as an aside to the article's focus: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100111082327AAmlmMa Or, if you prefer a local angle, I give you exhibit A in that analysis of viva la difference: http://fox59.com/2015/03/16/moed-appears-on-house-floor-says-hes-not-resigning/

  2. Too many attorneys take their position as a license to intimidate and threaten non attorneys in person and by mail. Did find it ironic that a reader moved to comment twice on this article could not complete a paragraph without resorting to insulting name calling (rethuglican) as a substitute for reasoned discussion. Some people will never get the point this action should have made.

  3. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  4. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  5. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.

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