|November 22, 2013
||A Nod to Professionalism
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
The Indianapolis Bar Association is honoring Plews Shadley
Racher & Braun LLP (PSRB) Name Partner Chris Braun in the
latest edition of The Indiana
Lawyer. The article, “IndyBar: Nod
to Professionalism”, calls Chris a “role model in the
community and the field of legal education.”
The entire article is below:
Christopher J. Braun has distinguished himself as a preeminent
attorney, teacher and mentor. He represents the principles which all attorneys
and educators should emulate. Chris is a role model in the community and in the
field of legal education. On behalf of all of the members of the Indianapolis
Bar Association, the Standing Committee on Professionalism extends its
gratitude and appreciation for Chris’ dedication to the profession and to the
development of future attorneys.
Chris has been a partner and leader of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
since 1994, practicing complex litigation, transactional and environmental law,
and has served as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H.
McKinney School of Law since 2001, teaching Advanced Trial Techniques and
Mediation. In one instance, Chris stepped in at the last minute to fill in for
a professor who fell ill at the beginning of the semester. He quickly organized
members of his firm to “team teach” a class of 40 environmental law students
who were “stranded” by the circumstances.
Chris invests a great deal of his time and passion to develop students who are
ethical and effective. His students will attest to the fact that he spends a
great deal of effort preparing for each of his classes. Chris’ teaching method
differentiates his classes from the classic law school process through the use
of practical application instead of rote memorization. Chris encourages his
students to engage interactively in his classes and to view the law as a
practical problem-solving profession. Role-playing is a tool Chris frequently
uses to give his students a competitive advantage over their peers. He creates
an environment in which students think deeply about simulated problems and help
the parties arrive at mutually acceptable outcomes. This approach inspires his
students to think critically and find creative solutions to resolve complex
disputes. Chris’ commitment to legal education and empowerment of young lawyers
is an invaluable service to the Indianapolis community and beyond.
Coupled with his enthusiasm for teaching, Chris promotes a love for learning,
having served on the board of directors of Park Tudor School for nine years,
and is currently the board’s president. Chris was also a founder and served as
chairman for the creation and construction of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Grade
School and Guerin Catholic High School. Chris takes an active role in mentoring
young attorneys and devotes his personal time to promote community involvement
by attorneys throughout his firm. He makes presentations to the associates in
his firm as to setting personal goals and milestones, brings associates to
conventions and business lunches, and ensures attorneys in his firm have an
opportunity to serve the community by making key introductions and nominating
them for non-profit board positions.
Through his teaching, his practice of law and his community service, Chris has
positively impacted the lives and careers of a vast number of law students and
attorneys. His commitment to servant leadership is a model for all members of
the Indianapolis Bar Association. The Standing Committee on Professionalism is
proud to congratulate Chris on his remarkable achievements and leadership in
the classroom and the legal community.
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