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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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  4. I expressed my thought in the title, long as it was. I am shocked that there is ever immunity from accountability for ANY Government agency. That appears to violate every principle in the US Constitution, which exists to limit Government power and to ensure Government accountability. I don't know how many cases of legitimate child abuse exist, but in the few cases in which I knew the people involved, in every example an anonymous caller used DCS as their personal weapon to strike at innocent people over trivial disagreements that had no connection with any facts. Given that the system is vulnerable to abuse, and given the extreme harm any action by DCS causes to families, I would assume any degree of failure to comply with the smallest infraction of personal rights would result in mandatory review. Even one day of parent-child separation in the absence of reasonable cause for a felony arrest should result in severe penalties to those involved in the action. It appears to me, that like all bureaucracies, DCS is prone to interpret every case as legitimate. This is not an accusation against DCS. It is a statement about the nature of bureaucracies, and the need for ADDED scrutiny of all bureaucratic actions. Frankly, I question the constitutionality of bureaucracies in general, because their power is delegated, and therefore unaccountable. No Government action can be unaccountable if we want to avoid its eventual degeneration into irrelevance and lawlessness, and the law of the jungle. Our Constitution is the source of all Government power, and it is the contract that legitimizes all Government power. To the extent that its various protections against intrusion are set aside, so is the power afforded by that contract. Eventually overstepping the limits of power eliminates that power, as a law of nature. Even total tyranny eventually crumbles to nothing.

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