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Leadership in Law 2012: Todd G. Relue

Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, Indianapolis Duke University School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Todd Relue (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Todd Relue’s work ethic, responsiveness and ability to critically analyze complex issues have differentiated him from his peers. He is dedicated to all endeavors he undertakes – his work, his family and community service.

In 2012, I'd like to
become involved with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. JLAP does great work furthering the profession by helping judges and attorneys address issues ranging from substance abuse to mental and physical health impairments to job transitions.

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
to take advantage of our fantastic state and local bar associations.  In tough economic times, bar association dues may seem like just another expense, but the associations offer numerous leadership opportunities and connections to other attorneys and judges that are invaluable, especially for those just starting their careers.

The three words that best describe me are
dedicated, capable and creative.

My long-term career goal is
to develop a reputation as a knowledgeable and principled advocate who consistently provides sound legal advice to my clients.  I would also like to advance professionally within my firm and continue to take on more leadership roles that directly impact the members of the community in which I live and work.

If I weren’t an attorney, I would
probably be a doctor because, like the law, medicine involves the application of specialized knowledge and training to help people alleviate serious issues that are impacting their lives.

My escape from work is
running.

My mentor has taught me
the importance of extending opportunities to younger attorneys. 

In the movie about my life,
a younger Matt Damon would play me.

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  1. Based on several recent Indy Star articles, I would agree that being a case worker would be really hard. You would see the worst of humanity on a daily basis; and when things go wrong guess who gets blamed??!! Not biological parent!! Best of luck to those who entered that line of work.

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  3. Don't believe me, listen to Pacino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6bC9w9cH-M

  4. Law school is social control the goal to produce a social product. As such it began after the Revolution and has nearly ruined us to this day: "“Scarcely any political question arises in the United States which is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question. Hence all parties are obliged to borrow, in their daily controversies, the ideas, and even the language, peculiar to judicial proceedings. As most public men [i.e., politicians] are, or have been, legal practitioners, they introduce the customs and technicalities of their profession into the management of public affairs. The jury extends this habitude to all classes. The language of the law thus becomes, in some measure, a vulgar tongue; the spirit of the law, which is produced in the schools and courts of justice, gradually penetrates beyond their walls into the bosom of society, where it descends to the lowest classes, so that at last the whole people contract the habits and the tastes of the judicial magistrate.” ? Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

  5. Attorney? Really? Or is it former attorney? Status with the Ind St Ct? Status with federal court, with SCOTUS? This is a legal newspaper, or should I look elsewhere?

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