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Leadership in Law 2012: Lewis S. Wooton

Associate, Lewis Wagner, Indianapolis Indiana University Maurer School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Lewis Wooten (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Lewis Wooton’s diverse background, which includes working as a farmer, in a factory, and in a prosecutor’s office, allows him to bring a unique perspective to any situation. In the short time he’s been in practice, he’s gained an understanding of insurance coverage law that is far greater than most lawyers who are twice his age.

In 2012, I’d like to
continue to learn.

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
volunteer for as many things as possible.

The three words that best describe me are
father, Hoosier and persistent.

My long-term career goal is
to have a career that is fulfilling and rewarding.

If I weren’t an attorney, I’d be
a teacher.

My escape from work is
golfing and spending time with my wife, Amanda, and my kids, Lillian and Andrew.

My mentor has taught me
be prepared, be honest and be practical. 

In the movie about my life, this actor would play me:
My favorite actor is Clint Eastwood, but my friends say one of the Baldwin brothers. 

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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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