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There were no caps and gowns, but the 25 participants in Bar Leader Series IX class graduated May 18 full of encouragement to step into leadership roles within the legal community and outside of it.

Graduation day featured reflections upon the experience, presentations of the class public service projects, and an awards luncheon.

Congratulations to the Bar Leader Series IX class members: Sara R. Blevins, Lewis & Kappes PC; Mindy L. Boehr, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Briana Lynn Clark, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Dustin R. DeNeal, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Jill Ann Ellis, Indiana Court of Appeals; Raegen M. Gibson, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Michael R. Greer, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC; Michael T. Griffiths, ProLiance Energy LLC; Michele L. Henderson, Stewart & Irwin PC; Shelley Marie Jackson, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP; Aubrey Graham Kuchar, Kightlinger & Gray LLP; Matthew R. Levy, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; and Carrie N. Lynn, Indiana Legal Services Inc.

Also, Michelle Renee Maslowski, Frost Brown Todd LLC; William A. McKenna, Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP; Hannah Lee Meils, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Nicolette E. Mendenhall, Tucker Hester LLC; Theresa R. Parish, Lewis Wagner LLP; Christopher A. Pearcy, Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons LLP; Julie D. Reed, Indiana State Medical Association; Steven E. Runyan, Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP; Elizabeth A. Schuerman, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Sarah T. Starkey, Cohen & Malad LLP; Lakesha Dawn Triggs, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; and Emily L. Yates, Littler Mendelson PC.

The next Bar Leader Series class is currently being selected; the deadline for applying is June 18. For more information on the series, which is open to attorneys in their third to 10th year of practice. Visit www.indybar.org to learn more and to access the application.

Thank you to this year’s Bar Leader Steering Committee: Reynold T. Berry, Rubin & Levin PC; Hon. Theodore R. Boehm, Van Winkle Baten Dispute Resolution; Carl W. Butler, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Marie D. Castetter, Foley & Abbott; Margaret M. Christensen, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Jody L. DeFord, Eli Lilly and Company; David J. Duncan, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Deborah C. Edwards, Heritage Environmental Services LLC; Hon. Kurt M. Eisgruber, Marion Superior Court; Kelly Eskew, Indiana University Health Inc; Alicia A. Gooden, The Mediation Group; Alex C. Intermill, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Jon B. Laramore, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Chair; Kevin P. McGoff, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Hon. Robyn L. Moberly, Marion Superior Court; Joshua S. Moudy, Gilroy Kammen Maryan & Moudy; Dana E. Stutzman, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC; Richard J. Thrapp, Ice Miller LLP; Rene C. Wyatt-Foston, Community Physician Network; and Brian K. Zoeller, Cohen & Malad LLP.

The Bar Leader Series is a collaboration of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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