On the Move - 2/26/14

IL Staff
February 26, 2014
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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 or email to managing editor Jennifer Nelson at New Associations

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*Matthew S. Tarkington has been named of counsel at Lewis & Kappes P.C.
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*Justin O. Sorrell has joined Hill Fulwider P.C. as an associate. His primary areas of practice include litigation and insurance defense.
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*David J. Tipton has joined Densborn Blachly LLP as of counsel.
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*Xuan-Thao Nguyen, a professor at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, will join the faculty and lead the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She will join Indiana University in August 2014.
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*Kelly S. Witte has rejoined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as counsel in the product liability litigation group.

Meredith Bennett, a 2010 graduate of Pace University Law School, will clerk for Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III. Catherine “Kate” Karanja, a 2009 graduate of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa Law School who has a Master of Laws from Michigan State University College of Law, will clerk for Judge Patricia A. Riley. Jenna Shives, a 2013 cum laude graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will clerk for Judge Margret G. Robb. Liberty (Libby) Roberts, an attorney in the practice of municipal law and insurance defense, has joined the Hamilton County offices of Church Church Hittle & Antrim as partner.

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Attorney *Kathryn S. Garrett has joined the Huntington law firm of DeLaney Hartburg Roth & Garrott LLP as an associate.
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*James A. Carter has joined Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel P.C. as an associate.nonbreaking spaceHis primary areas of practice include business services, litigation, real estate, and creditor and debtor relations.


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*Ryan R. Wilmering has become partner at Wallack Sommers & Haas P.C.

Awards and Honors

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner *Jimmie L. McMillian has been selected to receive the Legacy Award from the Madame Walker Theatre Center at the 9th Annual Spirit Awards Gala. McMillian has donated his time to represent the Madame Walker Theatre Center board of directors for three years.
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Taft Stettinus & Hollister LLP partner *Robert R. Clark has been named a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star.
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*Adam M. Henry, with Beers Mallers Backs & Salin LLP, has been given Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s double left quoteForty Under 40double right quote award. The award honors 40 individuals under 40 years of age who are making a difference either on the job or in the community.nonbreaking space
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*Steven L. Tuchman of Lewis & Kappes has been honored with the Maynard K. Hine Medallion for Service to the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. The medal honors alumni who make significant contributions in support of the campus and its alumni programs.

Appointments and Elections

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*Brett E. Buhl of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. has been appointed to the Employment, Labor & Benefits Law Section Council of the Indiana State Bar Association.
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Faegre Baker Daniels LLP partner *Scott Kosnoff has joined the firm’s management board, effective March 1. Partner *David Barrett has been re-elected to the management board
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and partner *Pat Cross has been named leader of the firm’s health and life sciences industry team.
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*Chuck Baldwin, a shareholder in the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. and member of the firm’s board of directors, has been elected a managing director of the firm.nonbreaking space

New Firm

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*Mark W. Sniderman and *David H.K. Nguyen have opened Sniderman Nguyen LLP in Indianapolis. Practice areas include civil rights, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, employment discrimination and immigration law.bullet character



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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.