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Leadership in Law 2012: Stephen C. Unger

Partner, Bose McKinney & Evans, Indianapolis Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Steve Unger (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Stephen Unger’s energy and knowledge make him an invaluable team member for clients and colleagues, who significantly value his opinions and advice. His motivation for community involvement stems from his passion in the legal profession, in the communities where he lives and works, and in his faith.

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
become an expert on each new task, and be more prepared than everyone else.

In 2012, I’d like to
spend more time with my family.

The three words that best describe me are
realistic, affable and economical.

My long-term career goal is
simply to be respected as someone who does quality work and provides good legal advice.   

My escape from work is
my kids.

My mentor has taught me
patience. My professional career is not a sprint.  And if you do good work, the rest will take care of itself.    

If I weren’t an attorney, I
probably would have followed my dad into coaching basketball.

In the movie about my life,
my wife says Matt Damon would play me. I’ll go along with that.

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  5. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

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