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IndyBar: IBF Scholarship Recipients: Where Are They Now?

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By Tracy N. Betz, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

While many are aware of the good the Indianapolis Bar Foundation does for the Indianapolis legal community, some might not be aware that the IBF has been responsible for awarding more than 75 scholarships to law students since 1983. These scholarships help alleviate the high cost of law school and provide students more affordable access to post-graduate education.

The IBF is proud of its work awarding scholarships and is especially proud of the success stories of its scholarship recipients. I recently caught up with two such recipients, Teresa Hall and Matthew Albaugh, to find out more about their practices.

Teresa Hall, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
F. Emerson Boyd Scholarship, 1999

Q: While in law school, where did you see yourself after graduation?
A: I always thought I would go into health law. I had been a paramedic for 10 years before starting law school and had worked as a supervisor for the ambulance service at Wishard. Once I started working in an internship in health law I quickly discovered that it was not what I wanted to do, and I refocused to pursue my dream of being a trial attorney.

Q: What path did you take to end up in your current position as a Marion County prosecutor in a major felony division?
A: I became a certified legal intern while in law school and actually tried 14 jury trials during that time. After graduation, I joined the public defender’s office for several years until I became the chief of staff for Madame Clerk Beth White. From there I went to work in a non-legal role for Clarian Hospital as a director of its Lifeline program. In April 2010, I became a master commissioner of the Marion County Superior Courts. After about two-and-a- half years as a commissioner, I went into private practice handling family law and criminal cases. I was recently offered the tremendous opportunity to be a deputy prosecutor in the major crimes division.

Q: What did you learn about practicing law by being a commissioner?
A: To always look at both sides of an issue, and understand that nothing is black and white and there are two sides to everything.

Q: What type of community organizations do you devote time to?
A: I am very active in my church and in the EMS (emergency medical service) community. I am still certified as a paramedic and often serve as a guest lecturer for paramedics and EMTs.

Q: What advice would you give to a new lawyer who wants to end up in position like yours?
A: Pull from your own life experiences when handling your cases. Make a concerted effort to understand and learn where both sides are coming from and you will be become a better trial attorney.

Q: What is your most memorable experience as a lawyer? 
A: I was prosecuting a defendant for ­­operating a vehicle after being suspended for life. The defendant testified that his wife was driving the car and not him. During my cross examination I actually got him to confess on the stand to committing the crime. After he confessed, I just stopped talking. I didn’t want to mess that up!

Matthew Albaugh, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Hon. S. Hugh Dillin Scholarship, 1999

Q: While in law school, where did you see yourself after graduation?
A: At the time, I thought I’d end up in academia. I loved (and still love) school and really admired my professors, like Professor James Nehf. I’ve channeled my inner-educator, and am active in mentoring and recruiting young associates. I use the same skills to help navigate my clients through complex business issues.

Q: Walk me through the career path that led to your current position.
A: I clerked for Randall T. Shepard, chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, after law school. I then worked as a litigation associate at Jenner & Block in Chicago until 2005, when I joined the business litigation group at Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis. I’ve been a business litigation partner at Faegre Baker Daniels since 2010, specializing in class-action defense, mass torts, and trade secret misappropriation.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 
A: I enjoy what I do and the colleagues and clients with whom I work, so exactly where I am at Faegre Baker Daniels. That said, I always strive to be a better writer, advocate, and lawyer.

Q: What type of community organizations do you devote your time to?
A: I’m a big fan of Indy’s urban neighborhoods. I’ve been active with the Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association for years, and I also serve on the Midtown Economic Council, an organization empowered to oversee various Midtown Indianapolis neighborhoods’ interests in the North Midtown TIF District.

Q: What advice would you give to a new lawyer that wants to end up in position like yours?
A: Courtesy of Jay Ham, a retired Faegre Baker Daniels partner and one of my mentors: “Don’t get in the mud with pigs. You’ll only get dirty, and the pigs like it.” Be thoughtful, professional, and polite. Don’t be a jerk.

Q: What’s your most memorable experience as a lawyer?
A: As part of a representation of a Hollywood movie studio, I worked on-site from sunrise until midnight one day. I was exhausted and my eyes were getting blurry, so I got up to stretch my legs. I ducked into a restroom that was just outside one of the massive sound stages. I splashed water on my face, grabbed a towel to dry my face, and then turned around. Standing three feet in front of me was a muscular, 6’5” actor in full Star Trek Klingon make-up and costume. I screamed like a little girl and jumped behind a bathroom stall. We had a good laugh once I figured out what I was looking at. The next day, I walked by the same sound stage, and eight or so similarly attired actors were sitting outside on a staircase smoking cigarettes. To this day, I regret not grabbing a photo with them.•
 

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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  5. This article proved very enlightening. Right ahead of sitting the LSAT for the first time, I felt a sense of relief that a score of 141 was admitted to an Indiana Law School and did well under unique circumstances. While my GPA is currently 3.91 I fear standardized testing and hope that I too will get a good enough grade for acceptance here at home. Thanks so much for this informative post.

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