Hickey:The Many Faces of IndyBar

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IBA-Hickey-ChristineEarlier this year, I promised that we would introduce you to the many faces of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Over the course of the year, we have written about many IBA members who have had an impact on our profession and in our legal community. We have shared with you award recipients and volunteers who have made us proud to call them our friends and fellow IBA members. We have given you people from the past and present who have paved the way for us as lawyers and as an Association. What we have not done, however, is pay tribute to the people who have worked hard this year to represent the Association as a member of the 2010 Board of Directors.


President-Elect: Mike J. Hebenstreit, Witham, Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP

First Vice President: A. Scott Chinn, Baker & Daniels LLP

Secretary: The Honorable Robyn L. Moberly, Marion Superior Court

Treasurer: Jeffrey A. Abrams, Benesch/Dann Pecar

Immediate Past President: James H. Voyles, Jr., Voyles Zahn Paul Hogan & Merriman

Vice Presidents

The Honorable Heather A. Welch, Marion Superior Court

James J. Bell, Bingham McHale LLP

William W. Gooden, Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, LLP

D. Rusty Denton, Bingham McHale LLP


Kristin Arthur, Law Student Division Representative

Christopher E. Baker, Hostetler & Kowalik, PC

Ben T. Caughey, Ice Miller LLP

Elisabeth M. Edwards, Jocham Hardin Demick Jackson, PC

Kelly R. Eskew, Clarian Health Partners Inc.

Ryan K. Gardner, Ryan Gardner, P.C.

Rebecca W. Geyer, Hollingsworth & Zivitz, PC

Rori L. Goldman, Hill, Fulwider, McDowell, Funk & Matthews, PC

John F. Kautzman, Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook

Elizabeth H. Knotts, Hill, Fulwider, McDowell, Funk & Matthews, PC

John R. Maley, Indianapolis Bar Foundation President, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Kevin P. McGoff, Bingham McHale, LLP

Jimmie L. Mcmillian, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

The Honorable Anthony Metz, III, United States Bankruptcy Court

Andi M. Metzel, Benesch/Dann Pecar

John C. Render, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC

Jason Reyome, A. Demos & J. Reyome, Attorneys & Counselors at Law

Gary R. Roberts, Dean, Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis

Andrew Z. Soshnick, Baker & Daniels LLP

Counsel to the Board

Robert T. Grand, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Mark R. Owens, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Each of these people has devoted a significant amount of time, talent, and energy to this Association throughout the year. They have taken on projects, organized events, and served as ambassadors for our Association both within and outside of our city. They have treated their board service as a priority, and put the interests of our members first. Thank you to the 2010 IBA Board of Directors for your hard work and dedication throughout this year on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association!

2010 IBA Board of Directors


Not pictured: Scott Chinn, Jeff Abrams, Rusty Denton, Ryan Gardner, Beth Knotts, John Maley, Kevin McGoff, Hon. Anthony Metz, John Render, Mark Owens, Jim Voyles


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  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

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