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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. "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!

  2. 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.

  3. And with a whimpering hissy fit the charade came to an end ... http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/07/27/all-charges-dropped-against-all-remaining-officers-in-freddie-gray-case/ WHISTLEBLOWERS are needed more than ever in a time such as this ... when politics trump justice and emotions trump reason. Blue Lives Matter.

  4. "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.

  5. Finally, an official that realizes that reducing the risks involved in the indulgence in illicit drug use is a great way to INCREASE the problem. What's next for these idiot 'proponents' of needle exchange programs? Give drunk drivers booze? Give grossly obese people coupons for free junk food?

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