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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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  2. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

  3. So this firebrand GOP Gov was set free by a "unanimous Supreme Court" , a court which is divided, even bitterly, on every culture war issue. WHAT A RESOUNDING SLAP in the Virginia Court's face! How bad must it have been. And all the journalists, lap dogs of the status quo they are, can do is howl that others cannot be railroaded like McDonald now??? Cannot reflect upon the ruining of Winston and Julia's life and love? (Oh I forget, the fiction at this Ministry of Truth is that courts can never err, and when they do, and do greatly, as here, why then it must be ignored, since it does not compute.)

  4. My daughter is a addict and my grandson was taken by DCS and while in hospital for overdose my daughter was told to sign papers from DCS giving up her parental rights of my grandson to the biological father's mom and step-dad. These people are not the best to care for him and I was never called or even given the chance to take him, but my daughter had given me guardianship but we never went to court to finalize the papers. Please I have lost my daughter and I dont want to lose my grandson as well. I hope and look forward to speaking with you God Bless and Thank You for all of your help

  5. To Bob- Goooooood, I'm glad you feel that way! He's alive and happy and thriving and out and I'm his woman and we live in West Palm Beach Florida, where his parents have a sprawling estate on an exclusive golf course......scum bag

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