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Getting Along is Not Wrong: Get to Know the Court Staff and the Clerk's Office - IndyBar Blog

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Posted on: Nov 12, 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.

Patricia Caress McMath, Marion County Public Defender Agency -

My father, John Caress, was my first mentor. He was a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney. My dad taught me early on to make friends with the court staff and the clerk’s office, as they could make life much easier or much harder on an attorney. The summer before I started law school, I worked in his office and he took me over to the City-County Building. He introduced me to everyone in the clerk’s office and in the courts where he practiced. That might be the single most important advice I ever got, and I’ve always practiced it.

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