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Leadership in Law 2012: TaKeena M. Thompson

Associate, Cohen & Malad, Indianapolis Indiana University Maurer School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Takenna Thompson (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

TaKeena Thompson is not only focused on developing a solid legal practice, which includes medical malpractice matters and insurance coverage and fraud litigation, she also has a desire to give back to the community through organizations dedicated to inspiring children and adults to overcome obstacles.

In 2012, I’d like to
establish and maintain a consistent workout routine.

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
to immediately find a mentor who is supportive and encouraging and will provide guidance as you start this journey. There will be many times when you are expected to have the answers, but don’t, and there will be times when your confidence is shattered. A good mentor will fill in the gaps in your knowledge and will help lift your spirits.

The three words that best describe me are
supportive, nurturing and passionate.

My long-term career goal is
to be well-known in the legal community as a powerful and effective attorney. I want to be the first attorney who comes to mind to handle a case.

If I weren’t an attorney, I’d be
a personal stylist and image consultant. I am a firm believer in when you look good, you feel good (and you perform even better). For this reason, I volunteer as a personal shopper for Dress for Success.

My escape from work is
watching reality television. I admit, it’s my guilty pleasure.

My mentor has taught me
to be my own biggest advocate and to not waste time or energy seeking affirmation from others.

In the movie about my life,
Kerry Washington would play me because she is a versatile and fearless actress.
 

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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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