If you told Anderson University alumna Alicia Adcock in the fall of 2003 she was destined to be a lawyer someday, she would have disagreed with you. “I was involved in a lot of things during my time at AU,” said Adcock, “but I never considered a career in law until the very end.”
Adcock, along with fellow AU alumni Andrew Janutolo and Amy Davis, are among the recent 2010 graduates of Indiana University’s School of Law to have passed the Indiana Bar exam. After passing the bar, students are able to practice law in the state of Indiana. [Photo on left: Adcock with friends at her graduation.]
The law offices of Richard, Boje, Pikening, Benner and Becker, based in Noblesville, Ind., recently hired Adcock. The firm specializes in various legal situations and serves the counties of Hamilton, Marion, Tipton, Madison, and Boone. Always looking for what’s next, Adcock hopes to become a full-fledged partner with the firm in the not too distant future.
Adcock credited Anderson University with playing a role in her recent accomplishments. “The professors really challenged me to think critically and apply what took place in the classroom to everyday life,” said Adcock. She specifically named Dr. Michael Frank and Dr. Joel Shrock of the history and political science department and Dr. Fred Burnett of the religious studies department as being strong influences throughout her academic journey.
“My time at AU taught me a few things that got me where I am today,” Adcock said. “Above all, always work hard, never think you’ve arrived, and always thank the people around you who encouraged you along the way.”
Andrew Janutolo, a 2007 AU graduate, was recently hired by the Indianapolis firm Goodin, Abernathy LLP, a full-service law firm specializing in litigation and protecting individual rights. Janutolo credited AU’s smaller class sizes as one of the keys to his success, as it allowed for more intense conversation among students than a conventional system of lecture.
“The critical thinking skills taught by my AU instructors led me to a career in law,” said Janutolo, “but they also taught me the importance of being outspoken in classes and engaging with other students. I was encouraged to throw out my ideas, even if I was wrong, because it contributed to the mutually beneficial educational atmosphere that I came to love.”
Amy Davis, a 2005 AU graduate, passed the Indiana bar with Janutolo and Adcock. After passing the bar, Davis was hired by the law offices of Hausmann-McNally in Indianapolis, a law firm that represents those who have been injured in accidents that happened through no fault of their own. Davis believes the close relationships she made with the students and faculty of AU made for a more personal educational experience and helped her decide to pursue a career in law.
“Wanting to further my education after AU wasn’t a light bulb that immediately went off in my head,” explained Davis. “It was after a careful consideration of all the experiences I had been through, the step-by-step education that was instilled in me by Dr. Michael Frank and Dr. Joel Shrock, and the relationships that followed because of it, that made me decide to take my education to the next level. For that, I am so very grateful.”
— Cameron Ward is a senior from Kalamazoo, Mich., majoring in Communication Arts. Ward is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™ writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.