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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. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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