Originally published October 22, 2014 in The Indiana Lawyer
Civility. Courtesy. Respect. Professionalism.
These are words that should be synonymous with “Advocate” but in a world of high stakes, strong opinions, and a general, societal decline in basic manners, how can attorneys fight the good fight while living up to these ideals – especially if the other side doesn’t? We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.
Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior.
By Kelley J. Johnson, Cohen & Malad LLP
I have been blessed to be mentored by John Maley for about 13 years. It’s not an official mentor-mentee relationship; I don’t even work for John or his firm. In fact, I work a plaintiff’s firm – the opposite of what John’s firm does. However, I have sought advice from John since before I entered law school and have continued to seek advice from him over the years.
John always has time for me, even if it’s only a quick cup of coffee. You might wonder, since I’m getting the benefits as the mentee, what’s in it for John? Good question – I don’t know. All I can tell you is that I am not his only “unofficial mentee”. John cares about other lawyers. It is just who he is. When I recently achieved one of my biggest career accomplishments of being inducted as Indianapolis Bar Foundation President, John was there, front and center, beaming with pride as if it were his own accomplishment.
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