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Leadership in Law 2012: Hon. Heather A. Welch

Judge, Marion Superior Court, Civil Division, Indianapolis Valparaiso University Law School

April 25, 2012
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Health Welch (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Judge Heather Welch has enjoyed much success in her legal career, but perhaps her greatest achievement is her reputation. There is a reason why her court regularly has more attorneys choosing to transfer cases to it than any other court. She is respected by fellow attorneys and judges for her legal knowledge, fairness and dedication to the legal community and its pursuit of justice.

The best advice I ever received was
that when in doubt you should always take the high road.

I wish I had known when I graduated law school that
the average starting salary for a new lawyer was not 250k per year!

My best stress reliever is
yoga.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be
serving the public in the executive or legislative branches of government.

In 2012, I’d like to
hike a Fourteener (14,000 foot mountain) in Colorado with my husband and two sons.

The three words that best describe me are
hardworking, compassionate and optimistic.

In my community, I’m passionate about
education.

In the movie about my life,
Catherine Zeta-Jones would play me.  
 

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  1. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

  2. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  3. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  4. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  5. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

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