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Leadership in Law 2012: Sarah T. Starkey

Associate, Cohen & Malad, Indianapolis Valparaiso University Law School

April 25, 2012
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Sarah Starkey (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Sarah Starkey’s fluency in Spanish has played an important role in growing her family law practice and helping the Hispanic community. She dedicates more time to pro bono work than any other attorney in her office, and it is her sincere desire to help others that drives her.

In 2012, I’d like to
enjoy my friends and family to the fullest. While hard work is rewarding, the relationships with the people in our lives are what matter most. 

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
to be proud of your profession, but stay grounded. 

The three words that best describe me are
compassionate, unfiltered and motivated.

My long-term career goal is
to establish a reputation as a successful attorney and friend to my colleagues. 

If I weren’t an attorney, I’d be
una profesora de Espanol.

My escape from work is
music, from listening to old favorites like Van Morrison and Eric Clapton, to exploring new artists like Gotye and Bon Iver.

My mentor has taught me
that you will continue to learn every day of your career and that a positive reputation amongst your peers is key. 

In the movie about my life,
Keri Russell would play me.  Aside from being the star of my favorite show of all time, “Felicity,” and having naturally curly hair, she seems genuine and choosy about the type of work she does. 
 

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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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