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Leadership in Law 2012: Kyra Wagoner

Associate, Barnes & Thornburg, Indianapolis Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Kyra Wagoner (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Kyra Wagoner is like most attorneys who are Type-A, highly ambitious and organized, but her passion for education and learning nuances of the law make her stand out. She has the potential to be an industry leader and trailblazer for women in the commercial real estate industry.

In 2012, I’d like to
complete a sprint triathlon. 

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
pursue what really interests you. There are many ways to utilize a law degree, and you will not be happy working hard if you do not love what you are doing. 

The three words that best describe me are
diligent, compassionate and unflappable.

My long-term career goal is
to be a prominent commercial real estate attorney in Indiana and be in a position where I can be an agent of change in my community.

If I weren’t an attorney, I’d be
a producer of a television show on either the Travel Channel or HGTV.

My mentor has taught me
to take control of my career.  It is my responsibility to make sure I am doing the work that I want to do. 

My escape from work is
music. 

In the movie about my life,
Tina Fey 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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