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On the Move - 12/18/13

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December 18, 2013
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On The Move

On The Move highlights employment news, awards and honors attorneys receive, and board appointments or elected positions. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpg. Color images are preferred. Information must be submitted at least 10 days before the Wednesday issue in which it is to appear. Submit your announcement at http://www.theindianalawyer.com/submit-on-the-move or email to managing editor Jennifer Nelson at jnelson@ibj.com. New Associations

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*Houston A. Hum has joined Norris Choplin Schroeder LLP as an associate practicing in insurance defense, insurance coverage litigation, environmental litigation, personal injury and estate planning.

Kathy Davis has joined Integrity Real Estate.

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*Christopher Devlin has joined Keffer Barnhart LLP. Devlin will primarily handle criminal offenses, traffic matters and expungements.

Megan Clearwaters has joined Richard A. Mann P.C. as an associate where she will handle family law and other matters.

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*J.B. Curry has joined Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP as an associate.
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*Zachary C. Raibley has joined Clendening Johnson & Bohrer P.C. as an associate.

Jennifer L. VanderVeen has joined Tuesley Hall Konopa LLP as a member of the estate planning practice group. VanderVeen is certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.

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*Melissa J. Avery has joined Broyles Kight & Ricafort P.C. as of counsel where she will practice exclusively in the area of family law.

Elections and Appointments

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Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Partner *Alexandra (Ali) S. Sylvia has been named chair of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Articles & Bylaws Committee.nonbreaking spacenonbreaking space

James D. Johnson of Rudolph Fine Porter & Johnson in Evansville has been named president of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana for 2014; Thomas C. Hays of Lewis Wagner in Indianapolis was named president-elect; James W. Hehner, a member of Hehner & Associates in Indianapolis, was tapped to be vice-president; Michele S. Bryant with Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn in Evansville was named secretary; and Robert B. Thornburg with Frost Brown Todd in Indianapolis was chosen as treasurer. Jerry E. Huelat of the Michigan City firm of Huelat Mack & Kreppein will continue on the board as immediate past-president, and Scott Kyrouac with Wilkinson Goeller Modesitt Wilkinson & Drummy in Terre Haute will continue his duties as DRI state representative for Indiana. Newly named to the board of directors are Jason Massaro with The Massaro Legal Group in Fishers, and Jaime Oss of Huelat Mack & Kreppein. Continuing on the board are David A. DeMoss with State Farm Litigation in Indianapolis; Marian Drenth with O’Neill McFadden & Willert in Dyer; Gregory Freyberger with Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn in Evansville; Curtis Greene with Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis; Philip E. Kalamaros with Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros in South Bend; Christopher D. Lee with Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn; Kori McOmber with Schultz & Pogue in Indianapolis; Renee Mortimer with Hinshaw & Culbertson in Schererville; Libby Valos Moss with Kightlinger & Gray in Indianapolis; Donald S. Smith with Riley Bennett & Egloff in Indianapolis; James Strenski with Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer in Indianapolis; Stacy F. Thompson with Clendening Johnson & Bohrer in Bloomington; and Kevin C. Tyra with the Tyra Law Firm in Indianapolis.

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP associate *Melissa A. Gardner has been elected to the board of directors for the Marion County Commission on Youth. Associate *Danielle B. Tucker has been elected to the board of directors for Teachers’ Treasures. Partner *Michael P. O’Neil has been elected to the board of directors of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for a three-year term starting January 2014.

Eric Scroggins, vice president, general counsel and secretary of Allison Transmission Inc.; and John Blevins, a former state representative, have been appointed by Gov. Mike Pence to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Nominating Committee.Awards and Honors

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*Irwin B. Levin has been named the 2013 Consumer Advocate of the Year by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association for his work in class-action litigation against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for overcharging Hoosiers for driver’s licenses.
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*Joe Williams has received the 2013 Max Goodwin Award from the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. This award is the highest honor that can be given to a young lawyer by the ITLA for dedication to fighting for the rights of injured people.
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Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman P.C. shareholder *John C. Render has been named a senior fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Marion Superior Judge Michael D. Keele has received the Indiana State Bar Association’s 2013 Civility Award. Bose McKinney & Evans LLP received recognition from the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Go Green Committee’s Green Legal Initiative for its efforts to implement environmentally responsible business practices. Karen Withers, an associate at Zeigler Cohen & Koch in Indianapolis, has been named a co-recipient of the 2013 DTCI Defense Lawyer of the Year award. Robert F. Parker, partner at Burke Costanza & Carberry, and John C. Trimble, partner at Lewis Wagner, have been installed by DTCI as Diplomats of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. New location The Mediation Option has moved to a new suite in the same building and is now at 9302 N. Meridian St., Suite 350.•

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  2. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

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