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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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  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.

  5. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

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