Articles

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Sharon Jackson

Office of Governor Eric J. Holcomb DePaul College of Law, 1985 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? I wanted to be a prosecutor and help victims of crime. It was a profession that called to me. Specifically, I wanted to prosecute sex offenses — rape and child sexual assault cases. And I […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Vicky Bland

Katz Korin Cunningham P.C. Indiana Business College, 1986 Why did you decide to become a paralegal/legal support staffer? Actually, it sort of fell into my lap. I was not particularly looking for a position in the legal field. I was looking for an office position to utilize my administrative skills. A small law office found […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Dennis Bland

Center for Leadership Development Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 1992 What did you decide to enter the legal profession? My decision to enter the legal profession was motivated primarily by my desire to support, empower and advance the lives of others. With the desire to help as the primary driver, it was […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Marilee Springer

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 1996 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? “L.A. Law.” I started my career in litigation but very quickly learned that reality does not look like the television show. So, I transitioned to a tax practice instead. If you […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Sarah Kuhny

Barnes & Thornburg LLP Valparaiso University School of Law, 2006 Why did you decide to go into legal administration? I’d like to say it was part of some well-thought-out plan — but it wasn’t. After graduating college, I took a job that I thought I wanted, but it turns out I did not. Needing to […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Andrew Thomas

Indiana Legal Services Inc. Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2011 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? I think my path to the law started with an undergraduate professor who took me aside and told me I was an excellent writer.  If you hadn’t pursued a legal career, what would you be […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Dick Kiefer

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 1975 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? It was really an afterthought. When I graduated from college, I planned on becoming a professor of international relations. I had accepted a fellowship to get a master’s degree in Southeast Asian studies […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Brittany Kelly

IU McKinney Hall Center for Law & Health Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2016 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? When I decided to pursue a law degree, I knew at the time that I wanted to bolster my advocacy skills and hopefully achieve meaningful change for marginalized populations. […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Alonzo Weems

Eli Lilly and Company Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1995 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession?   I was an avid reader in elementary school, and I think a biography of Thurgood Marshall introduced me to the notion of a lawyer as a respected professional and community leader along with sufficient […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Joanne Sommers

Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2015 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? Being a lawyer is a demonstrable and immediate way to effect change. Lawyers have historically been on the forefront of societal change and progress, and I believe we will continue to […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Tom Frohman

Indiana Legal Services Inc. Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1983 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? After my undergraduate years, I worked in a pool hall, a lumber yard and driving a truck for an industrial supply company. During the last of those jobs, I met many working-class people who were […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Philip C. Genetos

Ice Miller LLP Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1977 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? I expected to pursue an MBA after leaving Cornell; however, my adviser felt getting an MBA alone was not enough because I already had significant math and economics courses with my double major. He strongly urged […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Michelle O’Brien Hubbard

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 1993 Why did you decide to become a paralegal/legal support staffer?   My story may be different than some, in large part because my undergraduate and master’s degrees are in a different area (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music). My first exposure to the law environment was […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Judge Jennifer DeGroote

Allen Superior Court Valparaiso University School of Law, 1995 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? Entering the legal profession was something I aspired to since at least sixth grade. I cannot recall why I specifically felt this calling. My parents might tell you I was always talking and arguing, so it was […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Joel Benson

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2019 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? I’ve always been the kind of person who wants to be in the room where decisions are being made. From my perspective, the legal profession would both open the door to that room […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Adriana Figueroa

Indiana University Health Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2015 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? I entered the legal profession because of my experiences growing up and desire to make a difference. I was born in a small, rural town in Mexico, and when I was 7 years old, […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Seth Lahn

Indiana University Maurer School of Law Yale Law School, 1982 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? I grew up and started to become aware of the world during a time (the 1960s and early 70s) when lawyers were often in the middle of the political and social change that defined that era: […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Kimberly DalSanto

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2015 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? I’ve known that I wanted to be a lawyer since I was child. And while I cannot remember what initially inspired the idea (it may have been all the classic lawyer movies I watched […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Kathryn Bischof

Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2016 Why did you decide to become a paralegal/legal support staffer? I had no intention of becoming a paralegal. I started college as a political science major with aspirations of law school. I loved political science, but it felt too much like a one-way track. […]

Read More

LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2022: Barath Raman

Lewis Wagner LLP Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2014 Why did you decide to enter the legal profession? In high school I attended a law camp at Georgetown University and absolutely fell in love with the law, the concept of trials and ultimately being able to advocate for someone’s rights. As part […]

Read More