Getting Along is Not Wrong: Positive Influences from the Start - IndyBar Blog

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Posted on: Sep 24, 2014
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. Check out the entry below and continue checking back for future installments.

Magistrate Victoria M. Ransberger, Marion Superior Court –

My notions of civility and professionalism have been influenced over the years by more people than I could ever name. When I think back to the beginning of my professional career, I think of Ken Falk. I met Ken over 35 years ago when I was completing a Masters in Social Work. Ken spoke at one of my classes about representing parents in CHINS cases. Several years later, I interned at Legal Services from the law school clinic and he was one of my supervisors. In the early 90s, we were opposing counsel on a few cases. His demeanor, respect for his clients and his ability to work with opposing parties and counsel toward resolution of conflicts is a gold standard to which we should all aspire.


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