Indiana Bar Foundation announces new board

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New Albany attorney J. Mark Robinson has been named president-elect of the Indiana Bar Foundation, and Michael Bishop will become the new board president. The positions were named at the foundation’s June 17 meeting.

Elected as secretary was Judi Calhoun, Muncie; and new district representatives include Kenneth Allen, Valparaiso; Angela Freel, Evansville; and Judge Daniel Moore, Clarksville.

Robinson is managing attorney of the New Albany office of Indiana Legal Services, Inc., He is the past president of the Clark County Bar Association, past president of the Clark County Board of Public Defenders, and has served Clark County in the Indiana State Bar Association House of Delegates for the past six years. Bishop is an INBF Master Fellow and remains the foundation’s representative on the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum’s board of directors.

“I’m proud to have two outstanding leaders in the state bar as volunteers over the next two years,” said Charles R. Dunlap, IBF executive director. “They have both demonstrated unheralded commitment to the foundation’s mission. We’re truly grateful for their expertise and leadership.”

The board reappointed Judge David Avery, Fort Wayne; Judge Larry McKinney, Indianapolis; and Judi Calhoun, Muncie. At-large members reappointed were: Clayton Miller, Indianapolis; and Peter Bomberger, Schererville. The Fellows representative to the board is Brian Burke, Indianapolis. 


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