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Lawyers let loose at ISBA talent show

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Indiana State Bar Association president C. Erik Chickedantz doing the “chicken dance,” solo attorney Stephen Terrell dancing in pink short-shorts and motorcycle chaps, Judi Calhoun, chief Delaware County prosecutor, parading around as Marilyn Monroe – if you missed these antics in October, you can see these performances and more on YouTube.

isba-talentshow-15col.jpg Julia Orzeske, left, and Terry Harrell, right, are both members of the new ISBA Wellness Committee. During the “What Up With That” performance by the Young Lawyers Section, Orzeske participated by walking across the stage on stilts, while Harrell did lunges with weights across the stage. Also pictured: Jeffry Lind, middle. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

The performances were part of the Oct. 20 “ISBA’s Got Talent” show at the bar’s annual meeting in French Lick. Lawyers, judges and ISBA staff showed off their abilities – including their ability to laugh at themselves.

Benjamin D. Fryman, a member of the Young Lawyers Section Council, kicked off the YLS performances with a comedic monologue including crowd-pleasing jokes like: “Somebody said to me the other day, ‘You young lawyers, you don’t have any respect for authority.’ I said, ‘You shut up, judge.’”

ISBA staffer Kevin Mohl won first place. A singer/songwriter and member of the band Six Way Stop, Mohl performed on acoustic guitar and sang original compositions.

The YLS took second place for its “What Up With That” skit. It was in this skit that Terrell welcomed incoming bar president Chickedantz with an up-close-and-personal dance.

In a more somber moment, the audience sang along with Herman Foster as he performed “God Bless America,” accompanied by Justice Brent Dickson on piano.

Bingham McHale associate Casey Kannenberg, played Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” on electric guitar, earning third place in the competition.

Carissa Long, assistant communications director for the ISBA, posted nine videos from the talent show on YouTube, under the channel, www.youtube.com/user/clongisba.•
 

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