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IBA: Series Graduates Ready to Lead

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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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