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Lucas: Another year older and, hopefully, wiser

Kelly Lucas
March 13, 2013
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EidtPerspLucas-sigAs they say, time flies when you are having fun. I’ve found that it also seems to stampede past when you are very busy. Both have been the case for the staff of the Indiana Lawyer. But time moves on, which is a good thing, and with this issue of the paper Indiana Lawyer turns another year older.

It is done without fanfare – the only telltale sign is that the paper’s Page 1 “odometer” rolls over to a new volume number. With this issue of the paper we begin our 24th year.

An anniversary is a time to reflect, and I am happy to say that it has been a good year for the Indiana Lawyer. Sure, we face many of the challenges universally experienced by print media, but our loyal readers have kept us strong while our digital presence has continued to grow. I thank you for that.

The newspaper welcomed two “new to us” but otherwise very experienced reporters to our staff in 2012. Dave Stafford and Marilyn Odendahl each came to IBJ Media from daily newspapers where they have spent the majority of their careers, and both have hit the ground running covering Indiana’s legal community. The resourcefulness and creativity that they, along with managing editor Jennifer Nelson, show with each new issue and in our IL daily email continues to enable us to bring you both in-depth print reporting and breaking news. Inspiration can certainly be found in working with good people.

Indiana Lawyer hosted six successful CLE programs in 2012, and a debt of gratitude is owed to the lawyers who lent their professional expertise in the areas of ethics, immigration, sports law, employment, intellectual property and federal civil practice to make that happen. I hope that those of you who have attended one or two of these programs in the past have found the content valuable. For me, the opportunity to meet lawyers who I might not otherwise have an occasion to spend time with is priceless.

In early 2013, the newspaper launched a second news email – Lawyers on the Move. This email brings readers the names and faces of peers who are making a move, serving in a new professional or volunteer capacity or are receiving a well-deserved recognition. It is a quick read delivered to your desktop, phone or tablet and designed to keep you in-the-know. Check it out or, better yet, sign up for this free email at www.theIndianaLawyer.com.

Volume 23 of the Indiana Lawyer represented my first full year as editor and publisher of this newspaper. While covering a state the size of Indiana with a small but mighty staff is not without its challenges, we can do it because of the many lawyers who are willing to share their valuable time and insights with us. We’ve revived our Spotlight sections this year to bring greater emphasis to people and legal happenings in all regions of Indiana, and the support of the bar association directors around the state has been invaluable in that process.

Indiana Lawyer’s relationship with the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, whose newsletters appear regularly in this publication; the columnists and contributors who so willingly share their interests and legal expertise; the advertisers who see IL as a valuable vehicle to reach legal practitioners; and last, but certainly not least, our readers, who we wouldn’t exist without, continues to strengthen. As I’ve said before, let us know how you think we are doing. Submit your news, On the Move announcements, and letters to the editor. It’s why we’re here.•
 

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