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IndyBar: Moberly to Lead Indianapolis Bar Association in 2016

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The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of the Hon. Robyn Moberly of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana as the 2016 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Currently the Treasurer for the bar, Judge Moberly will serve as the association’s First Vice President on the 2014 Board of Directors.
 

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Judge Moberly became Indiana’s first woman to be appointed to the federal bankruptcy bench when she began a 14-year term on the bankruptcy court in November 2012, replacing Chief Judge Anthony Metz III, who retired. Prior to her appointment, she served as a judge in Marion Superior Court since 1996. Judge Moberly earned her B.A. from Indiana University and her J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Jimmie McMillian of Barnes & Thornburg LLP was named to a two-year term as Treasurer. In addition to previous service on several bar committees, McMillian currently serves on the Board of Directors as a Vice President.

Phil Isenbarger, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, was nominated to serve as the Indianapolis Bar Association’s delegate to the American Bar Association.

Five At Large Directors were also selected. Chosen to serve through 2015 were Takeena Thompson, Cohen & Malad LLP; Kelley Johnson, Cohen & Malad LLP; Marc Rothenberg, Marion Superior Court; Colleen Powers, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC; and Kathleen Hart, Riley Bennet & Egloff LLP.

As determined by previous nomination, the 2014 Board of Directors will be led by Jeff Abrams, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP. John Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP, will be President Elect.

The Nominating Committee was chaired by the Christine Hickey of Rubin & Levin PC. Joining Hickey on the committee were Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; Hon. Robert Altice, Marion Superior Court; Scott Chinn, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Kelly Scanlan, Wilson Kehoe & Winingham; Bryan Strawbridge, Krieg DeVault LLP; and Holly Wanzer, Wanzer Edwards PC.

The 2014 Board of Directors will be formally installed at the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, to be held in January 30, 2014.
 

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