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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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  2. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  3. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

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  5. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

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