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More than 7,000 attorneys in 19 central Indiana counties can now vote for one colleague they’d like to see join the Indiana Judicial Nominating and Qualifications commissions.

The Indiana Appellate Clerk’s Office mailed ballots and biographies Oct. 12 to attorneys’ homes, and those lawyers have until 4 p.m. Nov. 10 to return ballots. The returned ballots will be counted at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 to determine who fills the vacancy for one spot on the seven-member panel that’s chaired by Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard and includes three lawyers chosen by colleagues and three non-attorneys appointed by the governor. Indianapolis attorney John Trimble completes his three-year term at year’s end and five lawyers are running for the job.

Applying for the post in the 2nd judicial district for the 2011-2013 term are:

• Jan M. Carroll, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg.

• David R. Hennessy, a solo criminal defense attorney.

• Kathy L. Osborn, a partner at Baker & Daniels.

• Joel Schumm, an attorney and a professor at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.

• William E. Winingham Jr., a name partner at Wilson Kehoe & Winingham.

The district is made up of Adams, Blackford, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Delaware, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Huntington, Jay, Madison, Marion, Miami, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Wells, and White counties. But whoever is chosen to start in January 2011 will have statewide impact on how judicial discipline and qualifications issues are tackled by the commissions.

Click here to read each of the five nominees’ responses to questions from Indiana Lawyer .•

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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