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Leadership in Law 2012: Keith R. Berlin

Associate, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Indianapolis Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Keith Berlin (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Through training and experience, Keith Berlin is developing into a superior attorney in the areas of litigation and environmental law. Not only has he managed complex e-discovery, he attended more than 100 hours of Continuing Legal Education within his first three years of practice. He also devotes significant time to volunteer work. Keith currently serves as the chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Pro Bono Standing Committee. He also is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s Impact Fund Committee, which awards a grant to an organization that promotes access to justice for indigent persons.

In 2012, I’d like to
continue to develop into a top-notch litigator, expand my environmental law knowledge, provide more opportunities than ever before for IndyBar membership to provide pro bono services, help the IndyBar membership provide pro bono services to more individuals in need throughout Indianapolis than ever before, and spend as much time with my family as possible.

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
to always keep life in perspective. We are all very fortunate to be where we are today.

The three words that best describe me are
driven, humble and caring.

My long-term career goal is
to become a go-to attorney that enjoys both work and life.

If I weren’t an attorney, I’d be
a doctor or police officer.  I have always enjoyed solving problems while helping others.

My escape from work is
playing with my 1-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.  Toddlers can teach you so much about what is truly important in life.

My mentor has taught me
that work is not everything, work-life balance is very important and there are many different ways to give back, and you should give back in a way that you enjoy.

In the movie about my life,
John Krasinski would play me.
 

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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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