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Leadership in Law 2012: Russell L. Brown

Associate, Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn, Indianapolis Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Russell Brown (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Russell Brown is the embodiment of a person who became a lawyer to effect positive change in his community, and he practices law for all the right reasons. In addition to practicing in real estate law, the Marion County Lawrence Township trustee is active making sure all people have access to justice.

In 2012, I’d like to
help a couple of great projects get off the ground in our community.

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
get involved with a cause or two you care deeply about and find a practice area you enjoy, even if it pays a little less than other alternatives.

The three words that best describe me are
wonkish, community-minded and competitive.

My long-term career goal is
to play an increasing role in the on-going development of our community and our community’s public assets.

If I weren’t an attorney, I’d be
either a legislative aide or a land planner.

My escape from work is
vacations or trips with my wife and son; Pearl Jam. 

My mentor has taught me
it’s good to develop a diverse set of skills as a young lawyer, even if you don’t want to build a practice which utilizes each and every one of those skills on a daily basis.

In the movie about my life,
“Say Anything….”-era John Cusack would play me.

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  2. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  3. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

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  5. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

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