KellyLucas

Kelly Lucas is what IBJ Media likes to call a “retread” — returning to the Indiana Lawyer in 2010 after serving for five years as the director of communications at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis. Kelly serves as editor and publisher of the newspaper, balancing daily editorial responsibilities with the public relations aspects of publishing.

Kelly grew up in Anderson, Ind., and graduated from Ball State University in 1983 with degrees in journalism and political science. After working for several years on the media staff of the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus, she moved to Chicago and spent the next couple of years traveling to just about every state capital in the U.S. as a public affairs specialist with a national insurance trade association. But as they say, babies change everything, and the birth of her daughter in 1989 motivated her to embark on a freelance career – a move that resulted in her association with the Indiana Lawyer. Today, she has worked every schedule imaginable with IL — part-time, full-time, home-office, and freelance — and served in almost every editorial capacity: reporter, focus editor, managing editor, and now editor and publisher.

Kelly and her husband Dan celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2012, the same week they hosted their daughter’s wedding. Her two sons, one in his final year of high school and the other a Purdue Boilermaker, along with Dan and Eli, a 7-year-old lab retriever mix who doesn’t realize he is no longer a puppy, keep her dance card full. While she has never been a juggler in the literal sense, she embraces on a daily basis the effort to “keep all the balls in the air.”

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Lucas: And the ‘Practicing Law in Indiana’ survey says …

December 2, 2015
Welcome to the Indiana Lawyer’s “survey issue”! I hope that you find the data revealed in the pages of this publication interesting and that it spurs conversation and serves as a catalyst for positive change in the legal community.
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Express your views on practicing law in Indiana

September 23, 2015
If you have not had an opportunity to take our survey, please take a moment to do so at www.theindianalawyer.com/survey-2015.
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New lawyers admitted to the Indiana bar

May 19, 2015
Telling them that it is a "good day to become a lawyer," Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush welcomed Indiana's newest attorneys to the Indiana bar and oversaw the admission ceremony Tuesday that included the recitation of oaths to practice before the state courts and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
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Lucas: Indiana Lawyer names 2015 Leadership in Law award winners

March 11, 2015
Congratulations to our 2015 Leadership in Law Distinguished Barristers and Up and Coming Lawyers! This year’s group comprises an exceptional representation of legal talent, and Indiana Lawyer is pleased to have the opportunity to honor their work.
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Lucas: Looking back, looking ahead, and saying thanks

February 11, 2015
The dramatic changes that our world has experienced, and the impact those changes have had on the practice of law, has produced a fertile supply of topics to address over the years.
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Indiana Lawyer celebrates 25 years

January 14, 2015
In 2015, Indiana Lawyer turns 25, and we’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our readers as well as those who have served as news sources, partners and supporters along the way. We plan to spend the year taking a look back at some of the stories and people we’ve covered and hope that you will enjoy the flashback.
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New Indiana attorneys sworn in at admission ceremony

October 6, 2014
The Indiana Board of Law Examiners reported that 378 of the aspiring lawyers who sat for the July bar exam were successful in that effort. On Monday, Indiana’s newest class of lawyers was sworn in at an admission ceremony hosted by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Editor's Perspective: Another crack in the glass ceiling

August 27, 2014
I’d like to make a suggestion to Indiana lawmakers when they return for the 2015 legislative session. I am not telling you how to do your jobs, but this suggestion falls under the guise of editing, so I feel I’m within my bounds.
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Lucas: Our current gun control approach is not working

February 12, 2014
While I am not arguing against a person’s right to own guns or protect himself from threat, here is the question I can not shake: When does one person’s right to own a gun trump another person’s right to return home alive? In fiercely protecting one, we are clearly not doing enough to ensure the other.
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Editor's perspective: Police do it right in honoring officer killed in the line of duty

October 9, 2013
On Sept. 26, I had a birds-eye view of the funeral procession honoring fallen Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Rod Bradway. From IBJ Media’s second-story windows at the corner of Washington Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, my co-workers and I watched throughout the day as officers from jurisdictions throughout the state and Midwest arrived to show their support.
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  1. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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