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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. Major social engineering imposed by judicial order well in advance of democratic change, has been the story of the whole post ww2 period. Contraception, desegregation, abortion, gay marriage: all rammed down the throats of Americans who didn't vote to change existing laws on any such thing, by the unelected lifetime tenure Supreme court heirarchs. Maybe people came to accept those things once imposed upon them, but, that's accommodation not acceptance; and surely not democracy. So let's quit lying to the kids telling them this is a democracy. Some sort of oligarchy, but no democracy that's for sure, and it never was. A bourgeois republic from day one.

  2. JD Massur, yes, brings to mind a similar stand at a Texas Mission in 1836. Or Vladivostok in 1918. As you seemingly gloat, to the victors go the spoils ... let the looting begin, right?

  3. I always wondered why high fence deer hunting was frowned upon? I guess you need to keep the population steady. If you don't, no one can enjoy hunting! Thanks for the post! Fence

  4. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  5. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

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