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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. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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