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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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  1. The child support award is many times what the custodial parent earns, and exceeds the actual costs of providing for the children's needs. My fiance and I have agreed that if we divorce, that the children will be provided for using a shared checking account like this one(http://www.mediate.com/articles/if_they_can_do_parenting_plans.cfm) to avoid the hidden alimony in Indiana's child support guidelines.

  2. Fiat justitia ruat caelum is a Latin legal phrase, meaning "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." The maxim signifies the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences.

  3. Indiana up holds this behavior. the state police know they got it made.

  4. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

  5. Agreed on 4th Amendment call - that was just bad policing that resulted in dismissal for repeat offender. What kind of parent names their boy "Kriston"?

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