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Leadership in Law 2012: Margaret M. Christensen

Associate, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Indianapolis Indiana University Maurer School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Margaret Christensen (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Margaret Christensen is the definition of an inspiring leader. With her legal experience in construction and business contract law, she approached the Indiana Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association to work with contractors on legal matters and has been a featured presenter at the group’s convention. Meg’s passion for helping others extends into various organizations, including Trusted Mentors.

In 2012, I’d like to
have a happy, healthy baby girl in July.

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
stay in touch with your law school and undergraduate classmates. They’ll turn out to be your best clients, referral sources and peer mentors.

The three words that best describe me are
curious, optimistic and engaged.

My long-term career goal is
balance.

If I weren’t an attorney, I’d be
a lobbyist or other legislative professional.

My escape from work is
Pilates and ice cream.

My mentor has taught me
to slow down and handle things one at a time.

In the movie about my life
Jennifer Garner would play me because she has a balanced life and doesn’t take herself too seriously.

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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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