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

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. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  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.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.