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IBJ Media names new IL editor

Kelly Lucas
October 12, 2011
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EidtPerspLucas-sigThe past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. But as they say, “time flies when you’re having fun,” and I suppose I have learned just how true that old adage is.

On Sept. 26, I assumed the duties of editor and interim publisher of the Indiana Lawyer. Since that time, I have immersed myself in the responsibilities of this position. Every day brings a new creative challenge and opportunity, and I am energized by the emails, calls and conversations I have had in this short time from and with IL readers.

Through the IL daily email and print edition, our staff is committed to providing Indiana lawyers, law firm administrators and paralegals, law students, and judges and court personnel in the state’s 92 counties with timely, insightful coverage of legal news. IBJ Media’s mission states “We are committed to accuracy in content, excellence in production and timely delivery.” We strive daily to meet these objectives, and if we miss any of them, I encourage you to let me know.

While I am new to the editor’s chair, I am not new to the Indiana Lawyer. I became associated with the newspaper in the early 1990s when I began working as a freelance writer with then-editor Chris Banguis. Chris needed someone who was familiar with the Indiana General Assembly, and I had recently left a position as Indiana Senate Majority Caucus Services director. Some might say I was just in the right place at the right time, but I like to think of it as professional karma.

Several years later, when my children reached school age and I was ready to return to the work-a-day world, I became a member of the Indiana Lawyer editorial team as a focus editor and reporter. A desire to assist a private high school near and dear to my heart ramp up its communications efforts took me away from the newspaper from 2005 to 2010, but I returned last fall as managing editor. My appreciation goes to my predecessor, Rebecca Collier, for recruiting me back and for the groundwork she has laid.

Moving forward, I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the Indiana Lawyer editorial staff in its continuing effort to provide the type of superior legal news coverage you, our readers, deserve and demand. And I hope you will let me know how we are doing. Contact me any time with story ideas and feedback. I can be reached at 317-472-5233 or klucas@ibj.com.

I look forward to reconnecting with those of you I have worked with in the past and to meeting those of you I have not. Indiana is a big state, but I’m ready with my reporter’s notebook and a pair of comfortable shoes.•

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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