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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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  1. YES I WENT THROUGH THIS BEFORE IN A DIFFERENT SITUATION WITH MY YOUNGEST SON PEOPLE NEED TO LEAVE US ALONE WITH DCS IF WE ARE NOT HURTING OR NEGLECT OUR CHILDREN WHY ARE THEY EVEN CALLED OUT AND THE PEOPLE MAKING FALSE REPORTS NEED TO GO TO JAIL AND HAVE A CLASS D FELONY ON THERE RECORD TO SEE HOW IT FEELS. I WENT THREW ALOT WHEN HE WAS TAKEN WHAT ELSE DOES THESE SCHOOL WANT ME TO SERVE 25 YEARS TO LIFE ON LIES THERE TELLING OR EVEN LE SAME THING LIED TO THE COUNTY PROSECUTOR JUST SO I WOULD GET ARRESTED AND GET TIME HE THOUGHT AND IT TURNED OUT I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO NOT PROUD OF WHAT HAPPEN AND SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR MY CHILD I AM DISABLED AND SICK OF GETTING TREATED BADLY HOW WOULD THEY LIKE IT IF I CALLED APS ON THEM FOR A CHANGE THEN THEY CAN COME AND ARREST THEM RIGHT OUT OF THE SCHOOL. NOW WE ARE HOMELESS AND THE CHILDREN ARE STAYING WITH A RELATIVE AND GUARDIAN AND THE SCHOOL WON'T LET THEM GO TO SCHOOL THERE BUT WANT THEM TO GO TO SCHOOL WHERE BULLYING IS ALLOWED REAL SMART THINKING ON A SCHOOL STAFF.

  2. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

  3. Right on. Legalize it. We can take billions away from the drug cartels and help reduce violence in central America and more unwanted illegal immigration all in one fell swoop. cut taxes on the savings from needless incarcerations. On and stop eroding our fourth amendment freedom or whatever's left of it.

  4. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

  5. Why do so many lawyers get away with lying in court, Jamie Yoak?

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