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Taking flight on terra firma

Holly Wheeler
August 28, 2013
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Pilot or farmer, attorney or father, Chris Stevenson wears many hats. The lawyer, who has worked for Wilson Kehoe Winingham LLC for going on 12 years, specializes in injury work, specifically that which is aviation- or farm-related.

Stevenson did not grow up on a farm himself, but he did grow up in rural Rossville, a town where, “99 percent of my friends were farmers and agriculture was probably one of the primary employers for the area.” His wife, an animal science major who eventually got her veterinary tech degree, was eager to live where she could have her own animals, so the couple purchased 40 acres in Tippecanoe County.

“It turned out to be the best investment we ever made,” Stevenson said. “We have five boys, the oldest is 13, then 12, 9, 7 and 3. Our oldest three are involved in 4-H. They show dairy goats and sheep. We also have horses.”

Having such a large family and managing a farm gives the boys a constant source of activity. They have chores, take care of animals and are interested in local agricultural activities related to the farm. Having a farm and managing a large family keeps Stevenson’s feet planted firmly on the ground.

“When I have cases that draw out, sometimes for years, doing things on the farm gives me a sense of accomplishment and seeing a project through to completion,” he said.•
 

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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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