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On the Move - 12/18/13

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December 18, 2013
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On The Move

On The Move highlights employment news, awards and honors attorneys receive, and board appointments or elected positions. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpg. Color images are preferred. Information must be submitted at least 10 days before the Wednesday issue in which it is to appear. Submit your announcement at http://www.theindianalawyer.com/submit-on-the-move or email to managing editor Jennifer Nelson at jnelson@ibj.com. New Associations

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*Houston A. Hum has joined Norris Choplin Schroeder LLP as an associate practicing in insurance defense, insurance coverage litigation, environmental litigation, personal injury and estate planning.

Kathy Davis has joined Integrity Real Estate.

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*Christopher Devlin has joined Keffer Barnhart LLP. Devlin will primarily handle criminal offenses, traffic matters and expungements.

Megan Clearwaters has joined Richard A. Mann P.C. as an associate where she will handle family law and other matters.

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*J.B. Curry has joined Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP as an associate.
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*Zachary C. Raibley has joined Clendening Johnson & Bohrer P.C. as an associate.

Jennifer L. VanderVeen has joined Tuesley Hall Konopa LLP as a member of the estate planning practice group. VanderVeen is certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.

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*Melissa J. Avery has joined Broyles Kight & Ricafort P.C. as of counsel where she will practice exclusively in the area of family law.

Elections and Appointments

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Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Partner *Alexandra (Ali) S. Sylvia has been named chair of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Articles & Bylaws Committee.nonbreaking spacenonbreaking space

James D. Johnson of Rudolph Fine Porter & Johnson in Evansville has been named president of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana for 2014; Thomas C. Hays of Lewis Wagner in Indianapolis was named president-elect; James W. Hehner, a member of Hehner & Associates in Indianapolis, was tapped to be vice-president; Michele S. Bryant with Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn in Evansville was named secretary; and Robert B. Thornburg with Frost Brown Todd in Indianapolis was chosen as treasurer. Jerry E. Huelat of the Michigan City firm of Huelat Mack & Kreppein will continue on the board as immediate past-president, and Scott Kyrouac with Wilkinson Goeller Modesitt Wilkinson & Drummy in Terre Haute will continue his duties as DRI state representative for Indiana. Newly named to the board of directors are Jason Massaro with The Massaro Legal Group in Fishers, and Jaime Oss of Huelat Mack & Kreppein. Continuing on the board are David A. DeMoss with State Farm Litigation in Indianapolis; Marian Drenth with O’Neill McFadden & Willert in Dyer; Gregory Freyberger with Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn in Evansville; Curtis Greene with Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis; Philip E. Kalamaros with Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros in South Bend; Christopher D. Lee with Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn; Kori McOmber with Schultz & Pogue in Indianapolis; Renee Mortimer with Hinshaw & Culbertson in Schererville; Libby Valos Moss with Kightlinger & Gray in Indianapolis; Donald S. Smith with Riley Bennett & Egloff in Indianapolis; James Strenski with Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer in Indianapolis; Stacy F. Thompson with Clendening Johnson & Bohrer in Bloomington; and Kevin C. Tyra with the Tyra Law Firm in Indianapolis.

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP associate *Melissa A. Gardner has been elected to the board of directors for the Marion County Commission on Youth. Associate *Danielle B. Tucker has been elected to the board of directors for Teachers’ Treasures. Partner *Michael P. O’Neil has been elected to the board of directors of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for a three-year term starting January 2014.

Eric Scroggins, vice president, general counsel and secretary of Allison Transmission Inc.; and John Blevins, a former state representative, have been appointed by Gov. Mike Pence to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Nominating Committee.Awards and Honors

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*Irwin B. Levin has been named the 2013 Consumer Advocate of the Year by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association for his work in class-action litigation against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for overcharging Hoosiers for driver’s licenses.
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*Joe Williams has received the 2013 Max Goodwin Award from the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. This award is the highest honor that can be given to a young lawyer by the ITLA for dedication to fighting for the rights of injured people.
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Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman P.C. shareholder *John C. Render has been named a senior fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Marion Superior Judge Michael D. Keele has received the Indiana State Bar Association’s 2013 Civility Award. Bose McKinney & Evans LLP received recognition from the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Go Green Committee’s Green Legal Initiative for its efforts to implement environmentally responsible business practices. Karen Withers, an associate at Zeigler Cohen & Koch in Indianapolis, has been named a co-recipient of the 2013 DTCI Defense Lawyer of the Year award. Robert F. Parker, partner at Burke Costanza & Carberry, and John C. Trimble, partner at Lewis Wagner, have been installed by DTCI as Diplomats of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. New location The Mediation Option has moved to a new suite in the same building and is now at 9302 N. Meridian St., Suite 350.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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