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Leadership in Law 2012: Patrick A. Shoulders

Partner, Ziemer Stayman Weitzel & Shoulders, Evansville Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Pat Shoulders (IL Photo/Jordan Barclay)

Patrick Shoulders is a prime example of what attorneys should do for the profession and their communities. Not only is he a well-respected trial attorney, but he dedicates a great deal of his time toward volunteer activities and helping young attorneys with an interest in litigation become better lawyers. Since 2002, he has co-chaired and served as a faculty member at the Trial Advocacy Skills College Trial Camp, and he is an active member and volunteer for the Evansville and Indiana State bar associations.

The best advice I ever received was
be yourself in the courtroom!

I wish I had known when I graduated law school that
nobody bats 1000 in this business.

My best stress reliever is
running.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be
a teacher.

In 2012, I’d like to
see my granddaughters more.

The three words that best describe me are
irreverent, impatient and inventive.

In my community, I’m passionate about
Indiana University, politics, public education, and all the arts.

In the movie about my life,
Hal Holbrook playing Mark Twain would play me.

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  1. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

  2. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  3. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  4. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  5. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

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