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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. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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