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Leadership in Law 2012: Michael P. Bishop

Partner, Cohen Garelick & Glazier, Indianapolis Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Michael Bishop (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Michael Bishop is among a select group of attorneys who have made a significant impact on the evolution of Indiana law. A precedent-setting 2010 appellate court decision enabled adopted children to be treated the same as biological children for purposes of receiving inheritance under a trust, and it is heralded as an example of the commitment Michael has shown to children and families in his over 30 years practicing law. Respect for his work and service to state and national legal organizations reaches far beyond the boundaries of his firm, city or state.

The best advice I ever received was
spend as much time turning down a case as you do accepting one.

I wish I had known when I graduated law school that
the practice of law is a business as well as a profession.

My best stress reliever is
running, cycling and working out.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be
a professional bass player.

In 2012, I’d like to
enjoy my daughter’s wedding this fall.

The three words that best describe me are
funny, dependable and determined.

In the movie about my life, this actor would play me:
George Clooney.

In my community, I’m passionate about
children’s rights, family and my faith.

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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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