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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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  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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