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Posted on: Jan 22, 2021

2020: Well, That Was Something

By Mitchell Osterday, Indiana Supreme Court

Just when we thought the chaos of 2020 was behind us, 2021 said, “hold my beer.” Would anyone else like to join my celestial petition for rehearing? 

Given all the events of last year and the disastrous first week of this year, I’m sure the last thing you need is one more “hang in there” or “you’re doing great sweetie.” Instead, I would like to tell you how incredibly grateful I am for each and every one of you that are working to make this city and state a better place to live, work and play. Government attorneys are holding down the fort right now; the rule of law continues to stand firm because of your efforts.

I’m serious. I admire each and every one of you that has kept your head down through all of this. At the Indiana Supreme Court, I work with tremendous colleagues that are devoted to the mission of justice. I have witnessed the same from my brothers and sisters in the executive and legislative branches as well as our family serving the city of Indianapolis. 

If the recent storming of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. was any indication, we should never take our jobs for granted. The safety of our brethren on Capitol Hill was directly in question, but the constitutional cogs kept churning.

That’s why I begin this year with gratitude. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside each of you to improve the lives of our fellow Hoosiers. I am grateful for the spectrum of ideas present in our daily discourse and for the efforts being made by IndyBar to create a more diverse and equitable profession. I am grateful for the discomfort that comes with personal growth. And I am grateful for each of you that are still unflinchingly pulling the levers of government on a daily basis. 

So yes, the "year that shall not be named" was something. But I am grateful.

I look forward to serving as your 2021 Government Practice chair. I plan to layout our section’s goals in a forthcoming blog post. One of our goals this year, both for the IndyBar and the Government Practice Section, is to grow our membership of government attorneys and to ensure government attorneys have access to the benefits, products and services available from the IndyBar and from our section. If you'd like more information on IndyBar membership options for government attorneys, please send me an email and I'd be happy to help you!

Please let me know how I can be of service to you this year!

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