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Leadership in Law 2013: Daniel P. Cory

Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, South Bend Notre Dame Law School

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When Daniel P. Cory decided that he wanted to pursue a career in environmental law, he rented an apartment near the Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP offices in Indianapolis during a summer break from law school. This allowed him to meet many of the attorneys from the firm and led to PSRB offering him an associate position after graduation. PSRB believes Dan will be an important contributor to the life of the firm for years to come. Not only has he developed expertise in complex areas of the law, but he devotes many hours to community service and pro bono work.

If you could take a sabbatical from the law for a year to work your fantasy job, what job would you choose?
Musician, playing guitar in coffee shops or in larger venues somewhere.

What civic cause is the most important to you?
Education and mentoring. Children have so much potential, and I’m always amazed how much impact even a small amount of positive influence can have on them.

If you could meet and spend a day with one lawyer from history, who would it be and why?
Thomas Jefferson. I think it would be fascinating to talk with him about the changes he saw over his lifetime, moving from the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence to the practical realities of governing as president and to discuss with him how the political and legal structures he helped create have evolved into the systems we know today.

If you could go back in time, “when” would you go to and what would you do?
I would travel back to when my grandparents were my current age. I never got to know them very well so it would be great to spend time getting to know them and discussing life and our shared family history.

In life or law, what bugs you?
The misuse of the phrase “begs the question” – in life and in law. I inherited this pet peeve from someone else and now I notice it everywhere!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The ability to read minds would certainly make trials and depositions easier.

What do you find scary?
Sharks. I find them terrifying.

If a drink or sandwich were to be named after you, what would it be called and what would be in it?
I once ate a 72 oz. steak dinner at the Big Texan steakhouse in Texas, so my sandwich would have to be called the “Big Dan”and include large amounts of steak.

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  1. Too many attorneys take their position as a license to intimidate and threaten non attorneys in person and by mail. Did find it ironic that a reader moved to comment twice on this article could not complete a paragraph without resorting to insulting name calling (rethuglican) as a substitute for reasoned discussion. Some people will never get the point this action should have made.

  2. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  3. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  4. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.

  5. I have dealt with more than a few I-465 moat-protected government attorneys and even judges who just cannot seem to wrap their heads around the core of this 800 year old document. I guess monarchial privileges and powers corrupt still ..... from an academic website on this fantastic "treaty" between the King and the people ... "Enduring Principles of Liberty Magna Carta was written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king. There are two principles expressed in Magna Carta that resonate to this day: "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land." "To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice." Inspiration for Americans During the American Revolution, Magna Carta served to inspire and justify action in liberty’s defense. The colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta. They embedded those rights into the laws of their states and later into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution ("no person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.") is a direct descendent of Magna Carta's guarantee of proceedings according to the "law of the land." http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/

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