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Leadership in Law 2012: David Orentlicher

Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis Harvard School of Law

April 25, 2012
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David Orentlicher (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

David Orentlicher has been shaping the future of the legal profession for more than 20 years. The professor and doctor is co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In addition to practicing medicine and law, David served for six years in the Indiana House of Representatives. He believes that because our society resolves so many of its most difficult moral challenges in the courts, lawyers have an important opportunity and responsibility to advance the cause of social justice.

The best advice I ever received was
lead with your unique selling point (from Gene Glick).

I wish I had known when I graduated law school that
my wife-to-be was only a two-hour drive away in Connecticut.

My best stress reliever is
being with my family.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be
a physician. No wait, I already am a physician.

In 2012, I’d like to
find time to write my next book.

The three words that best describe me are
person of integrity.

In the movie about my life,
Sam Waterston would play me.

In my community, I’m passionate about
equality for all persons.
 

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  1. Such things are no more elections than those in the late, unlamented Soviet Union.

  2. It appears the police and prosecutors are allowed to change the rules halfway through the game to suit themselves. I am surprised that the congress has not yet eliminated the right to a trial in cases involving any type of forensic evidence. That would suit their foolish law and order police state views. I say we eliminate the statute of limitations for crimes committed by members of congress and other government employees. Of course they would never do that. They are all corrupt cowards!!!

  3. Poor Judge Brown probably thought that by slavishly serving the godz of the age her violations of 18th century concepts like due process and the rule of law would be overlooked. Mayhaps she was merely a Judge ahead of her time?

  4. in a lawyer discipline case Judge Brown, now removed, was presiding over a hearing about a lawyer accused of the supposedly heinous ethical violation of saying the words "Illegal immigrant." (IN re Barker) http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-discipline-2013-55S00-1008-DI-429.pdf .... I wonder if when we compare the egregious violations of due process by Judge Brown, to her chiding of another lawyer for politically incorrectness, if there are any conclusions to be drawn about what kind of person, what kind of judge, what kind of apparatchik, is busy implementing the agenda of political correctness and making off-limits legit advocacy about an adverse party in a suit whose illegal alien status is relevant? I am just asking the question, the reader can make own conclsuion. Oh wait-- did I use the wrong adjective-- let me rephrase that, um undocumented alien?

  5. of course the bigger questions of whether or not the people want to pay for ANY bussing is off limits, due to the Supreme Court protecting the people from DEMOCRACY. Several decades hence from desegregation and bussing plans and we STILL need to be taking all this taxpayer money to combat mostly-imagined "discrimination" in the most obviously failed social program of the postwar period.

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