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. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.