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Baldwin Elected to Ogletree Deakins Board of Directors

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. has announced that Chuck Baldwin, the Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Indianapolis office, was elected to the firm’s Board of Directors. The election took place during the firm’s Annual Shareholders Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on January 29. Baldwin’s legal career spans nearly 30 years and he has continued to progress in leadership roles since joining Ogletree Deakins in 2000.

Baldwin devotes his practice to representing employers in lawsuits and administrative proceedings involving EEO claims, ERISA claims, labor arbitrations, NLRB proceedings, wage and hour disputes, union avoidance, employment contracts, non-competition/trade secret disputes, and class and collective action litigation.

Gonzalez Joins Baker & Daniels

Baker & Daniels LLP has strengthened its environmental law team with the hiring of Cheryl A. Gonzalez. She will practice as an associate attorney in the Indianapolis office.

Before joining Baker & Daniels, Gonzalez served as legal counsel for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. She provided legal guidance to the Office of Air Quality’s permitting, compliance and monitoring branches. Gonzalez also assisted in representing IDEM before Indiana’s Office of Environmental Adjudication, including appearing before OEA and in settlement meetings, drafting and reviewing briefs.

Legal Line Volunteers Make a Difference

A number of lawyers provided free legal advice to the public through the Bar’s Legal Line program in January. Dispensing wisdom and offering direction to callers were IndyBar attorney members Timothy Button, John Cento, Stephanie Chaudhary, Christine Douglas, Anthony Jost, Sarah MacGill, Jessica Moland, Phillip Olsson, and Donald Smith.

Reappointment for Hon. Anthony J. Metz

According to a press release from the court, United States Bankruptcy Judge Anthony J. Metz of the Southern District of Indiana has applied to be reappointed by the United States Court of Appeals to a new 14 year term when his current term expires on November 14, 2011. Comments are invited from the public and the bar as to whether Judge Metz should be reappointed. Those comments should be in writing and sent by March 1, 2011 to: Collins T. Fitzpatrick, Circuit Executive, 219 S. Dearborn St., Room 2780, Chicago, IL 60604

Bill Watch Provides Detail on Legislation of Interest

Bill Watch is a service of the IndyBar Legislative Committee. During each week of the legislative session, the IndyBar will distribute an updated report to its members that indicates the progress and recent actions taken on the bills being monitored by the association. The full report is posted online at Bill Watch on the Bar’s website, www.indybar.org

Voyles to be Honored with Buchanan Award

2009 Indianapolis Bar Association President James H. Voyles Jr. will be awarded with the IndyBar’s prestigious Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence at a luncheon in his honor on February 17, 2011 at the Hilton Indianapolis. Don’t miss this opportunity to honor an integral member of the Indianapolis legal community.

What’s Up at the Statehouse?

Hear an update on pending legislation and get to know Indiana legislators at the IndyBar’s fifth annual seminar, “The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly,” which is hosted by the bar’s Senior Counsel Division. Attorneys who are state senators and representatives will lead a lively discussion during the luncheon on Tuesday, March 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency, 1 S. Capitol Ave. This event is being offered for 1.5 hours CLE credit. For more information and to register online at www.indybar.org

Interested in Racing Law?

Mark your calendar...The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), a joint effort between the IndyBar and the North Carolina Bar Association, is returning to Indy on April 13 and 14, 2011. TRAC 2011, which will be held at the Conrad Indianapolis, will include topics on celebrity representation, non-profits and foundations, state and local governments and an in-depth focus on SAG/AFTRA, as well as multiple opportunities for socializing and networking. Visit www.racingattorneys.com for more information and registration details.

Bar Offering Prep for MPRE

Then don’t miss the IndyBar’s MPRE Review Course, coming up on Friday, February 18 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the IndyBar Education Center. Go to the Bar’s website for additional details and online registration. Can’t attend? Then select our convenient Home Study Option, which will provide you with all written materials as well as access to the live presentation in a virtual, online environment.•

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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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