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Leadership in Law 2012: Robert J. Hicks

Partner-in-Charge, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Indianapolis William & Mary School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Bob Hicks (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Robert Hicks’ proven legal ability, extraordinary leadership skills, and outstanding professionalism make him stand out in the legal community. His exceptional achievement in business and law for more than 25 years has earned him the respect and admiration of his peers. Bob took a short hiatus from the practice of law, and subsequently used the skills he acquired while on Wall Street to quickly re-establish his practice. He has been a key leader in his firm’s mission to impact early childhood education.

The best advice I ever received was
from a golfing partner ...“Don’t lay up. You hit your short irons just as badly as you hit your 3 wood.”  “Don’t lay up” can be good advice in business and life as well. 

I wish I had known when I graduated law school that
my future would be based mostly on hard work, integrity and fate and would have little to do with what I learned in law school.   

My best stress reliever is
hanging out with my family on spring break. 

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be
a high school teacher and baseball coach. 

In 2012, I’d like to
continue to grow Taft’s level of community “give back.” 

The three words that best describe me are
quintessential Honey Badger (See the YouTube video to learn more about the Honey Badger).

In my community,
I’m passionate about helping disadvantaged families, early childhood education, and mentoring.

In the movie about my life,
Brad Pitt (because of our physical resemblance) would play me.

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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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