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The IBF Donor of the Month: Karl Mulvaney - The Indianapolis Bar Foundation

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Posted on: May 29, 2014

This month's featured donor is Karl Mulvaney of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. Karl is a longtime IBF volunteer and donor, and he currently serves as counsel to the IBF Board of Directors.

We learned more about Karl from the following Q & A:

Why do you support the Foundation?
Because of its outreach to public needs, its support of the bar, and the scholarships it provides to law students.

What is your favorite law school memory?
Surviving income tax—actually, I should thank Professor Jegen for helping numerically challenged students like me get through.

What is your least favorite law school memory?
Being pulled out of Labor Law class to be told a truck snapped a telephone pole in the parking lot, which crushed the roof of my car.

Why did you become a lawyer?
I was not the person who knew I wanted to be a lawyer growing up. I had an uncle who was a lawyer, but by senior year in college I was convinced it was a great way to help people and make a positive contribution to society—so I applied to IU-McKinney while overseas in the service—thank goodness Dean Kent Frandsen overlooked an average LSAT.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A baseball player.

What was your favorite high school class?
Mr. Crawford’s “college” zoology class.

What is the most interesting trip you’ve ever taken?
A 17 day family National Monument & Park tour (Royal Gorge, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Arches, Canyonlands, Newspaper Rock state park, Natural Bridges, Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon-North Rim, Pipe Springs, Navajo, Monument Valley, Hovenweep, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, Ft. Larned). One of our three children actually hated to see these trips end.

What is your favorite legal phrase/terminology and why?
“Affirmed” if I represent the Appellee—“Reversed” if I don’t.

Do you eat lunch out or at your desk?
Out—if at all possible.

What’s the first thing you do when you get home on a Friday?
Preferably dinner with Janet.

What was your very first case or client all about?
When I entered private practice at the end of 1991, I was immediately asked to seek transfer on a case where the Court of Appeals ordered an "appellate additur."

Who is your favorite TV lawyer and why?
Probably Perry Mason—unravelling the deception.

For what time is your alarm set?
Not usually set—usually wake up before six.

iPhone or Android?
Recently switched from Blackberry to I-Phone (Bri Clark, Meaghan Haller, Meg Christensen, etc., and adult daughters were on me).

Apple pie or chocolate cake?

What book are you reading now?
A Middle East textbook from college.

Who was your most influential teacher or professor and why?
(Professor and later Dean, Chancellor-VP, and IU President) Gerald Bepko—encouraged my involvement in Phi Delta Phi Legal (Fraternity) Honor Society—and its commitment to ethics and professionalism. I admired his tireless effort to help students and participate in the community.

What was the name of your first pet?
Stella (dog).

What would you tell a 5-year-old if he or she asked ‘what is a lawyer/judge?’
A person who helps people resolve difficult problems.

What is your favorite movie?
Patton (father was in the 3rd Army—saw it first on first Sat. liberty during basic training at Ft. Knox).

What is the most challenging part of being a lawyer/judge?
Sorting through the mountains of information.

What do you like best about living in central Indiana?
The people—Indy is a great place to live.

Name one thing on your desk that you can’t live without.
Family pictures.


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