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Family law attorney dies after battle with cancer

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Attorney Stephenie Jocham, a founder of Carmel firm Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson, died Thursday morning following a battle with cancer, the firm announced.

Jocham practiced in the areas of family law and civil litigation and was a registered domestic and civil mediator. She chose family law because of her personal experiences with divorce. Before creating JHDJ in 2008, she practiced at the former firm of Hollingsworth Jocham & Zivitz.

The Terre Haute native was active with the Indiana State Bar Association and had regularly served as a mediation training coach at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis since 2005. She earned her law degree from I.U. School of Law - Indianapolis. Jocham was a 2011 recipient of Indiana Lawyer’s Distinguished Barrister award. She was named a fellow to the Indiana Bar Foundation in 2008 and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation in 2010. She also volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate, literacy tutor, and created two nonprofit organizations – Education Initiatives International for local orphanages, and another designed to help cancer patients undergoing treatment.

Jocham was diagnosed in 2010 with sarcoma in her leg. The cancer had spread to her lungs and brain. The firm said in a statement on its Facebook page that it remains committed to fulfilling her mission by serving its clients with the highest standard of professionalism and compassion.

Update: A calling for Jocham will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. with funeral services taking place at 1 p.m. June 7 at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service. Graveside services are scheduled for 6 p.m. at West Prairie Creek Cemetery, Farmersburg, Ind.

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