The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. But as they say, “time flies when you’re having fun,” and I suppose I have learned just how true that old adage is.
On Sept. 26, I assumed the duties of editor and interim publisher of the Indiana Lawyer. Since that time, I have immersed myself in the responsibilities of this position. Every day brings a new creative challenge and opportunity, and I am energized by the emails, calls and conversations I have had in this short time from and with IL readers.
Through the IL daily email and print edition, our staff is committed to providing Indiana lawyers, law firm administrators and paralegals, law students, and judges and court personnel in the state’s 92 counties with timely, insightful coverage of legal news. IBJ Media’s mission states “We are committed to accuracy in content, excellence in production and timely delivery.” We strive daily to meet these objectives, and if we miss any of them, I encourage you to let me know.
While I am new to the editor’s chair, I am not new to the Indiana Lawyer. I became associated with the newspaper in the early 1990s when I began working as a freelance writer with then-editor Chris Banguis. Chris needed someone who was familiar with the Indiana General Assembly, and I had recently left a position as Indiana Senate Majority Caucus Services director. Some might say I was just in the right place at the right time, but I like to think of it as professional karma.
Several years later, when my children reached school age and I was ready to return to the work-a-day world, I became a member of the Indiana Lawyer editorial team as a focus editor and reporter. A desire to assist a private high school near and dear to my heart ramp up its communications efforts took me away from the newspaper from 2005 to 2010, but I returned last fall as managing editor. My appreciation goes to my predecessor, Rebecca Collier, for recruiting me back and for the groundwork she has laid.
Moving forward, I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the Indiana Lawyer editorial staff in its continuing effort to provide the type of superior legal news coverage you, our readers, deserve and demand. And I hope you will let me know how we are doing. Contact me any time with story ideas and feedback. I can be reached at 317-472-5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to reconnecting with those of you I have worked with in the past and to meeting those of you I have not. Indiana is a big state, but I’m ready with my reporter’s notebook and a pair of comfortable shoes.•