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Leadership in Law 2013: William Bock III

Partner, Kroger Gardis & Regas, Indianapolis University of Michigan Law School

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William Bock III has used his legal skills to play an instrumental role in fighting for clean sport in the United States. He was the lead attorney for the Colorado-based U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – where he serves as general counsel – on its case against cyclist Lance Armstrong. Bill also was involved in the steroid case against baseball player Barry Bonds. His values and determination to pursue the truth have made him one of the country’s leading anti-doping attorneys, and his earnestness and empathy have won over adversaries. He frequently litigates cases in Indiana’s state and federal courts, including the casino revenue lawsuits out of East Chicago. A client once told a partner at Kroger Gardis & Regas that he didn’t want Bill to work on his case because he was “too nice of a guy.” Bill won the client’s case.

If you could take a sabbatical from the law for a year to work your fantasy job, what job would you choose?
Ski instructor, to enjoy the outdoors and become a better skier than I am currently.

If you could meet and spend a day with one lawyer from history, who would it be and why?
John Adams, to ask him about pivotal moments from the Revolutionary era.

What civic cause is the most important to you?
Protection of the fundamental liberties set forth in the Bill of Rights.

If you could pick a theme song to describe your life, what would it be?
“Chariots of Fire.” It doesn’t need to work out the way you plan it, you just need to keep the faith.

In life or law, what bugs you?
When I take someone for granted or forget to thank them for something they have done for me. Happens too often.

What advice would you give your 25-year-old self?
Buy Microsoft. Sell high. Buy Apple.

If a drink or sandwich were to be named after you, what would it be called and what would be in it?
“The Mountain Goat” – rye bread, turkey, ham and spicy mustard.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Mind reader. It would be great for marriage, parenting and a lot of other stuff!

Would a world without 24/7 technology be a good or bad thing?
Bad. You can’t go back.

Numerous TV shows center around lawyers and their practices. Are any of them close to realistic?
No way.

What class in law school did you find the most difficult?
Labor Law. It started at 8 a.m. during my last semester, third year.

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  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

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  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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