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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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  5. I whole-heartedly agree with Doug Church's comment, above. Indiana lawyers were especially fortunate to benefit from Tom Pyrz' leadership and foresight at a time when there has been unprecedented change in the legal profession. Consider how dramatically computer technology and its role in the practice of law have changed over the last 25 years. The impact of the great recession of 2008 dramatically changed the composition and structure of law firms across the country. Economic pressures altered what had long been a routine, robust annual recruitment process for law students and recent law school graduates. That has, in turn, impacted law school enrollment across the country, placing upward pressure on law school tuition. The internet continues to drive significant changes in the provision of legal services in both public and private sectors. The ISBA has worked to make quality legal representation accessible and affordable for all who need it and to raise general public understanding of Indiana laws and procedures. How difficult it would have been to tackle each of these issues without Tom's leadership. Tom has set the tone for positive change at the ISBA to meet the evolving practice needs of lawyers of all backgrounds and ages. He has led the organization with vision, patience, flexibility, commitment, thoughtfulness & even humor. He will, indeed, be a tough act to follow. Thank you, Tom, for all you've done and all the energy you've invested in making the ISBA an excellent, progressive, highly responsive, all-inclusive, respectful & respected professional association during his tenure there.

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