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Getting Along is Not Wrong: Professionalism Shines Through Pro Bono Work - IndyBar Blog

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Posted on: Dec 10, 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.

Kellie M. Barr, Member of IndyBar Professionalism Committee -

I learned professionalism early in my career from George Patton at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. George was already an established appellate attorney, but he was always looking to give back and had accepted a pro bono appointment from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals shortly before I joined his firm. Our client was a prisoner who believed that his constitutional rights had been violated. Although it was a long shot for us to win and we weren't going to get paid for our work, George spent countless hours on the case to ensure that our client received the best representation possible. His tireless efforts culminated in the Supreme Court of the United States calling for a response to the certiorari petition we filed. Although it ultimately declined to accept jurisdiction over our case, watching George vigorously and civilly advocate for our client was an inspiring show of professionalism.

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