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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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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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