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Leadership in Law 2013: Adam C. Mueller

Staff attorney, Indiana Legal Services Inc., Indianapolis Indiana University Maurer School of Law

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Adam C. Mueller combines competence, compassion, efficiency and just plain hard work in providing legal services to vulnerable segments of the population. Adam is a great mentor to interns, law students and new attorneys who work with him in serving clients through his Medical-Legal Partnerships. Not only has Adam developed several MLPs with health care providers in the Indianapolis area to address people’s health and legal problems, but he’s been instrumental in assisting a variety of firms and organizations with developing their own MLPs. He’s also taken it upon himself to develop and implement reform and a transition plan at the Indiana Legal Services Inc.’s Indianapolis office, which will improve operations and future viability.

If you could take a sabbatical from the law for a year to work your fantasy job, what job would you choose?
Run a hobby farm.

If you could meet and spend a day with one lawyer from history, who would it be and why?
Chief Justice John Marshall. Professor David Williams’ class on Native American law was the bright spot of my legal education. I think tribal sovereignty issues are incredibly interesting, and Marshall had as much as anyone to do with the legal framework.

Would a world without 24/7 technology be a good or bad thing?
Bad. I’m generally in favor of more information being available to more people.

What civic cause is the most important to you?
Access to affordable health care.

Numerous TV shows center around lawyers and their practices. Are any of them close to realistic?
No. But as a kid, I loved watching Ben Matlock get the true killer to admit his/her crime on the witness stand.

What’s the most important thing your mentor has taught you?
How to stake out reasonable positions on behalf of a client.

In life or law, what bugs you?
Not having enough time to do all of the things I’d like to.

What class in law school did you find the most difficult?
Income Tax.

If a drink or sandwich were to be named after you, what would it be called and what would be in it?
If it were named after me, wouldn’t it be called the “Adam Mueller?” But, if you ask anyone, it would be filled with pulled pork.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The ability to be in two places at once.

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  1. The voices of the prophets are more on blogs than subway walls these days, Dawn. Here is the voice of one calling out in the wilderness ... against a corrupted judiciary ... that remains corrupt a decade and a half later ... due to, so sadly, the acquiescence of good judges unwilling to shake the forest ... for fear that is not faith .. http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/2013/09/prof-alan-dershowitz-on-indiana.html

  2. So I purchased a vehicle cash from the lot on West Washington in Feb 2017. Since then I found it the vehicle had been declared a total loss and had sat in a salvage yard due to fire. My title does not show any of that. I also have had to put thousands of dollars into repairs because it was not a solid vehicle like they stated. I need to find out how to contact the lawyers on this lawsuit.

  3. It really doesn't matter what the law IS, if law enforcement refuses to take reports (or take them seriously), if courts refuse to allow unrepresented parties to speak (especially in Small Claims, which is supposedly "informal"). It doesn't matter what the law IS, if constituents are unable to make effective contact or receive any meaningful response from their representatives. Two of our pets were unnecessarily killed; court records reflect that I "abandoned" them. Not so; when I was denied one of them (and my possessions, which by court order I was supposed to be able to remove), I went directly to the court. And earlier, when I tried to have the DV PO extended (it expired while the subject was on probation for violating it), the court denied any extension. The result? Same problems, less than eight hours after expiration. Ironic that the county sheriff was charged (and later pleaded to) with intimidation, but none of his officers seemed interested or capable of taking such a report from a private citizen. When I learned from one officer what I needed to do, I forwarded audio and transcript of one occurrence and my call to law enforcement (before the statute of limitations expired) to the prosecutor's office. I didn't even receive an acknowledgement. Earlier, I'd gone in to the prosecutor's office and been told that the officer's (written) report didn't match what I said occurred. Since I had the audio, I can only say that I have very little faith in Indiana government or law enforcement.

  4. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  5. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

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