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Bar Crawl - 6/19/13

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Bar Crawl highlights bar association news around the state. Indiana Lawyer strives to include bar association news and trends in its regular stories, and we would like to include more news from specialty and county bars. If you’d like to submit an update about your bar association or a photo from an event your bar association has hosted, or if you have questions about having your bar association news included in the newspaper, please send it to Marilyn Odendahl at modendahl@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

Bar foundation inducts 30 new fellows in 2013 class

Thirty new members were inducted as fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation during the fellows’ annual meeting and dinner May 31 in Chicago.

The 2013 class includes 14 attorneys from central Indiana, nine from northwest Indiana, four from southern Indiana and three from Fort Wayne. Two of the fellows are also members of the judiciary.

Fellows are nominated by another fellow and are then approved by the foundation. Fewer than 1,000 lawyers in Indiana have been accepted.

Chuck Dunlap, a master fellow and executive director of the Indiana Bar Foundation, praised the attorneys for having demonstrated excellent legal professionalism and service to their communities.

Members of the 2013 Fellows Class are Bart L. Arnold, Scott L. Barnhart, Andrew L. Campbell, Robert L. Clark, Stephanie J. Hahn, Bart A. Karwath, Deborah M. Leonard, David A. Lewis, Eric Mathisen, Todd Relue, Christopher M. Ripley and J. Todd Spurgeon.

Master Fellows are Stephen E. Arthur, James F. Bohrer, Jon A. Bomberger, John S. Capper IV, Leane English Cerven, Richard McDevitt Jr., David R. Schneider and Hon. Diane Kavadias Schneider.

Life Fellows are Jerald I. Ancel, Robert D. Brown, Julia Spoor Gard, Kara M. Kapke, Charles P. Schmal and Hon. Martha Blood Wentworth.

Patron Fellows are Gerald M. Bishop, Linda K. Meier, and Tony Walker.

Finally, Steven Ancel, retired attorney, was inducted as a Life Patron Fellow.

IndyBar Foundation gives grant to help ILS military program

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has awarded the 2013 Impact Fund Grant to Indiana Legal Services Inc. The $35,000 grant will fund an expansion of ILS’ Military Assistance Project (MAP), which provides free civil legal services to low-income military members, veterans and their dependants.

The ILS MAP program was one of three finalists selected from the initial pool of more than 15 grant applications. The foundation’s distinguished fellows chose the 2013 grant recipient.

“It is an honor and privilege to award our Impact Fund Grant to a project that helps those who have served our country,” said Kelly Johnson of Cohen & Malad LLP and the 2013 president of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Lake County Bar opens closets, donates clothes to program
 

lakecba-clothing-drive1-15col.jpg Lake County Bar Association members donated clothing as part of its Save Our Suits Service Project. Delivering the attire to the correction facility is (from left) LCBA President Michael Jasaitis, Magistrate Judge Kathleen Sullivan, Judy Love of the Community Transition Court and Lake Superior Judge Salvador Vasquez.  (Photo Submitted)

Lake County Bar Association members recently donated their gently used professional clothing to help the participants in the Community Transition Court.

As part of the CTC program, individuals transitioning from the Indiana Department of Correction back to their communities have to appear in court regularly. These individuals need professional clothing not only to wear in the courtroom but also for job interviews. However, they often do not have proper attire.

The S.O.S. Settling Our Suits Service Project, spearheaded by President Michael Jasaitis, collected clothing from April 15 through May 1. The response was overwhelming with delivery of the items requiring four trips in two large vans.

A friendly competition was held among the attorneys as part of this service project. The winner of the Most Men’s Clothing donated was attorney Shontrai Irving, and the winner of the Most Women’s Clothing donated was attorney Carolyn Fehring.•

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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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