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christopher braun mug Christopher J. Braun, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

Christopher J. Braun has distinguished himself as a preeminent attorney, teacher and mentor. He represents the principles which all attorneys and educators should emulate. Chris is a role model in the community and in the field of legal education. On behalf of all of the members of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Standing Committee on Professionalism extends its gratitude and appreciation for Chris’ dedication to the profession and to the development of future attorneys.

Chris has been a partner and leader of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP since 1994, practicing complex litigation, transactional and environmental law, and has served as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law since 2001, teaching Advanced Trial Techniques and Mediation. In one instance, Chris stepped in at the last minute to fill in for a professor who fell ill at the beginning of the semester. He quickly organized members of his firm to “team teach” a class of 40 environmental law students who were “stranded” by the circumstances.

Chris invests a great deal of his time and passion to develop students who are ethical and effective. His students will attest to the fact that he spends a great deal of effort preparing for each of his classes. Chris’ teaching method differentiates his classes from the classic law school process through the use of practical application instead of rote memorization. Chris encourages his students to engage interactively in his classes and to view the law as a practical problem-solving profession. Role-playing is a tool Chris frequently uses to give his students a competitive advantage over their peers. He creates an environment in which students think deeply about simulated problems and help the parties arrive at mutually acceptable outcomes. This approach inspires his students to think critically and find creative solutions to resolve complex disputes. Chris’ commitment to legal education and empowerment of young lawyers is an invaluable service to the Indianapolis community and beyond.

Coupled with his enthusiasm for teaching, Chris promotes a love for learning, having served on the board of directors of Park Tudor School for nine years, and is currently the board’s president. Chris was also a founder and served as chairman for the creation and construction of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Grade School and Guerin Catholic High School. Chris takes an active role in mentoring young attorneys and devotes his personal time to promote community involvement by attorneys throughout his firm. He makes presentations to the associates in his firm as to setting personal goals and milestones, brings associates to conventions and business lunches, and ensures attorneys in his firm have an opportunity to serve the community by making key introductions and nominating them for non-profit board positions.

Through his teaching, his practice of law and his community service, Chris has positively impacted the lives and careers of a vast number of law students and attorneys. His commitment to servant leadership is a model for all members of the Indianapolis Bar Association. The Standing Committee on Professionalism is proud to congratulate Chris on his remarkable achievements and leadership in the classroom and the legal community.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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