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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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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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