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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. Poor Judge Brown probably thought that by slavishly serving the godz of the age her violations of 18th century concepts like due process and the rule of law would be overlooked. Mayhaps she was merely a Judge ahead of her time?

  2. in a lawyer discipline case Judge Brown, now removed, was presiding over a hearing about a lawyer accused of the supposedly heinous ethical violation of saying the words "Illegal immigrant." (IN re Barker) http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-discipline-2013-55S00-1008-DI-429.pdf .... I wonder if when we compare the egregious violations of due process by Judge Brown, to her chiding of another lawyer for politically incorrectness, if there are any conclusions to be drawn about what kind of person, what kind of judge, what kind of apparatchik, is busy implementing the agenda of political correctness and making off-limits legit advocacy about an adverse party in a suit whose illegal alien status is relevant? I am just asking the question, the reader can make own conclsuion. Oh wait-- did I use the wrong adjective-- let me rephrase that, um undocumented alien?

  3. of course the bigger questions of whether or not the people want to pay for ANY bussing is off limits, due to the Supreme Court protecting the people from DEMOCRACY. Several decades hence from desegregation and bussing plans and we STILL need to be taking all this taxpayer money to combat mostly-imagined "discrimination" in the most obviously failed social program of the postwar period.

  4. You can put your photos anywhere you like... When someone steals it they know it doesn't belong to them. And, a man getting a divorce is automatically not a nice guy...? That's ridiculous. Since when is need of money a conflict of interest? That would mean that no one should have a job unless they are already financially solvent without a job... A photographer is also under no obligation to use a watermark (again, people know when a photo doesn't belong to them) or provide contact information. Hey, he didn't make it easy for me to pay him so I'll just take it! Well heck, might as well walk out of the grocery store with a cart full of food because the lines are too long and you don't find that convenient. "Only in Indiana." Oh, now you're passing judgement on an entire state... What state do you live in? I need to characterize everyone in your state as ignorant and opinionated. And the final bit of ignorance; assuming a photo anyone would want is lucky and then how much does your camera have to cost to make it a good photo, in your obviously relevant opinion?

  5. Seventh Circuit Court Judge Diane Wood has stated in “The Rule of Law in Times of Stress” (2003), “that neither laws nor the procedures used to create or implement them should be secret; and . . . the laws must not be arbitrary.” According to the American Bar Association, Wood’s quote drives home this point: The rule of law also requires that people can expect predictable results from the legal system; this is what Judge Wood implies when she says that “the laws must not be arbitrary.” Predictable results mean that people who act in the same way can expect the law to treat them in the same way. If similar actions do not produce similar legal outcomes, people cannot use the law to guide their actions, and a “rule of law” does not exist.

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