The St. Joseph County Bar Foundation will host Monday the first of what is planned to be a recurring seminar to honor a longtime attorney and ensure that his legacy of courtesy and respect continues.
The inaugural William P. Stanley Seminar on Professionalism and Civility begins at 3 p.m. in The History Museum, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend. Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush along with Indiana Court of Appeals Judges Terry Crone and Michael Barnes will be among the panelists.
Stanley, who practiced law for 43 years, died Sept. 4, 2015. He started his own criminal defense firm in 1972 then hired David Newman and Michael Tuszynski to form Stanley Tuszynski and Newman.
A native of Chicago, Stanley received his undergraduate degree in business management from the University of Dayton in 1969 and followed up with a J.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1972.
Colleagues remember Stanley as a gentleman who always acted in an ethical and professional manner and who was polite and kind to clients, court staff and fellow counsel. His work with his clients extended beyond the courthouse and often included helping them lead a better life after the case had ended.
To honor his memory and promote a tradition of professionalism and civility, the bar foundation raised more than $30,000 to fund the seminar that will teach civility to the next generation of attorneys. The goal is to hold the seminar every other year and offer it free to all new attorneys along with allowing more seasoned attorneys to obtain continuing legal education credit.
The other panelists for Monday’s seminar are Tuszynski, Stanley’s former law partner; Timothy Abeska, member of the litigation department at Barnes & Thornburg LLP; and John LaDue, litigator at LaDue Curran & Kuehn LLC. Also, Thomas Sopko, of counsel at Sopko Nussbaum Inabnit & Kaczmarek, will serve as moderator.