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Leadership in Law 2012: Jeffrey L. Knight

Executive V.P. and Chief Legal Counsel, Old National Bancorp, Evansville Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Jeffrey Knight (IL Photo/Jordan Barclay)

Thanks in large part to Jeffrey Knight’s expertise, integrity and passion for the law, Old National Bancorp is a recognized leader in the corporate governance arena. His extensive knowledge of the law and unerring instincts have been essential to the company’s success. Jeff has a tireless commitment to the legal community – brought to life through his passion for mentoring – and to the community at large.

The best advice I ever received
from a business standpoint was the advice to accept the position of general counsel at Old National Bank after having spent three years outside of the practice of law leading a small manufacturing company.

I wish I had known when I graduated law school that
even though law school was the hardest thing I would ever accomplish from an academic standpoint, the law degree would open up before me opportunities that I could not even imagine at the time.  I tell law students today that law school was the hardest and best thing I ever accomplished in life.  

My best stress reliever is
exercise.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be
well, I actually can’t imagine not being a lawyer, but since I loved the time I spent leading a small manufacturing company, I suppose I would be active in the business world if I weren’t a lawyer.

In 2012, I’d like to
spend more time with my wife, family and friends.

The three words that best describe me are
conscientious, persistent and unaffected.

In the movie about my life,
Harrison Ford would play me.

In my community, I’m passionate about
serving as an Elder in my Church, teaching the Word of God, and mentoring college-aged students.
 

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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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