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There were no caps and gowns, but the 25 participants in Bar Leader Series Class XI graduated May 21, full of encouragement to step into leadership roles both within the legal community and beyond. Congratulations to the talented, ambitious members of Class XI!

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

Interested in the Bar Leader Series experience? Applications are being accepted now for Class XII, which will begin in September 2014 and run through May 2015. Details, application instructions and scholarship information can be found online at indybar.org/barleaderseries. Applications are due June 23, 2014.

Bar Leader Series Class XI Graduates

Julie Alexander, Indiana Department of Labor

Mark Alson, Ice Miller LLP

Amy Carson, Mitchell Law Group

Stephanie Chaudhary, Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP

Courtney Chilcote, Tucker Hester Baker & Krebs LLC

Adam Christensen, Dutton Legal Group LLC

Amanda Couture, Ogletee Law Office

Kelly Doria, Indiana Public Retirement System

Bob Jalaie, Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP

Sarah Jenkins, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Chris Jeter, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Tim Karns, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Nicole Kelsey, Church Church Hittle & Antrim

Anna Kirkman, Eskenazi Health

Tam McMillian, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Diana Moers, Office of the Indiana Secretary of State

Derek Molter, Ice Miller LLP

Ned Mulligan, Cohen & Malad LLP

Wes Overturf, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Lesley Pfleging, Lewis Wagner LLP

Tiffany Presley, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

John Schlafer, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Shawn Scott, Hall Koehler PC

Claire Emswiller Short, Emswiller Williams Noland & Clarke PC

Jennifer Strange, Harrison & Moberly LLP
 

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Special thanks to the Bar Leader Series Steering Committee for making the Bar Leader experience possible:

Chair: Brian K. Zoeller, Cohen & Malad LLP

Moderator: W. Tobin McClamroch, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Cassandra A. Bentley, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

Margaret M. Christensen, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Deborah C. Edwards, Heritage Environmental Services LLC

The Hon. Kurt M. Eisgruber, Marion Superior Court

Alicia A. Gooden, The Mediation Group LLC

Magistrate Christopher B. Haile, Marion Superior Court

Andrew A. Manna, Church Church Hittle & Antrim

Kevin P. McGoff, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Kevin A. Morrissey, Lewis & Kappes PC

Joshua S. Moudy, Kammen & Moudy

Colleen Marie Powers, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC

Steven E. Runyan, Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP

Charles P. Schmal, Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP

Dana E. Stutzman, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC

Richard J. Thrapp, Ice Miller LLP

Mark J. Worthley, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office

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