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Visitation, funeral this weekend for Carmel attorney

IL Staff
July 19, 2013
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A longtime attorney from Carmel who died unexpectedly this week will be laid to rest Sunday.

The visitation and funeral for Carl Joseph Russell, 63, are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Flanner and Buchanan - 325 E. Carmel Dr., Carmel.  A celebration of the life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 1065 E. 106th St., Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis legal community was shocked by the Krieg DeVault LLP partner’s sudden death Wednesday.

Russell had a 33-year legal career. He graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1980. While in law school he served as bailiff to the Hon. Jeffrey V. Boles in Hendricks Circuit Court.

He worked as an assistant U.S. attorney and later practiced as a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP and most recently with his wife, Elizabeth G. Russell (Betsy) as a partner at Krieg DeVault LLP, where he served as legal counsel to the firm.

Joe is survived by his wife, Betsy; son, Marc Russell; sister, Sara Edwards; and four nieces and nephews, Bryan and Kevin Beswick, and Bob and Meg Hammond.

His obituary describes him as a true patriot; a lover of history, especially all things dealing with the Civil War; and an avid hunter. He also never met a dog he did not like.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Russell’s name to Orchard Park Presbyterian Church or the Humane Society of Hamilton County.

 

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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.

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