On The Move - 3/13/13

IL Staff
March 13, 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 or email to managing editor Jennifer Nelson at
New Associations
William W. Wales has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office as a partner in the firm’s litigation and corporate departments. He previously spent more than 30 years in the legal department of The Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences LLC.
Katy Nimnicht has joined Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn LLP as business development director.
Appointments and Elections
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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP partner *John Smeltzer has been appointed to the board of directors for Horizon House, a full-service day center in central Indiana serving the homeless.
Monica Foster has joined the board of directors of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Foundation. Foster is chief federal defender at the Indiana Federal Community Defenders Inc. in the Southern District of Indiana.
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Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP partner *Alexandra S. Sylvia has been elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
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Bose McKinney & Evans LLP attorney *Alan Townsend has been appointed president of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Boone County.
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Lewis Wagner LLP attorney *Dina Cox has joined Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s board of directors, the executive governing board of WFYI Public Media.
Awards and Honors
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Co-managing partner *Mike Schopmeyer of Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn LLP has been named Business Leader of the Year by the University of Evansville chapter of Delta Sigma Pi.
New Office
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*Julie Stephens has opened Stephens Law Firm P.C., where she will practice family law.

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  1. Lori, you must really love wedding cake stories like this one ... happy enuf ending for you?

  2. This new language about a warning has not been discussed at previous meetings. It's not available online. Since it must be made public knowledge before the vote, does anyone know exactly what it says? Further, this proposal was held up for 5 weeks because members Carol and Lucy insisted that all terms used be defined. So now, definitions are unnecessary and have not been inserted? Beyond these requirements, what is the logic behind giving one free pass to discriminators? Is that how laws work - break it once and that's ok? Just don't do it again? Three members of Carmel's council have done just about everything they can think of to prohibit an anti-discrimination ordinance in Carmel, much to Brainard's consternation, I'm told. These three 'want to be so careful' that they have failed to do what at least 13 other communities, including Martinsville, have already done. It's not being careful. It's standing in the way of what 60% of Carmel residents want. It's hurting CArmel in thT businesses have refused to locate because the council has not gotten with the program. And now they want to give discriminatory one free shot to do so. Unacceptable. Once three members leave the council because they lost their races, the Carmel council will have unanimous approval of the ordinance as originally drafted, not with a one free shot to discriminate freebie. That happens in January 2016. Why give a freebie when all we have to do is wait 3 months and get an ordinance with teeth from Day 1? If nothing else, can you please get s copy from Carmel and post it so we can see what else has changed in the proposal?

  3. Here is an interesting 2012 law review article for any who wish to dive deeper into this subject matter: Excerpt: "Judicial interpretation of the ADA has extended public entity liability to licensing agencies in the licensure and certification of attorneys.49 State bar examiners have the authority to conduct fitness investigations for the purpose of determining whether an applicant is a direct threat to the public.50 A “direct threat” is defined as “a significant risk to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a modification of policies, practices or procedures, or by the provision of auxiliary aids or services as provided by § 35.139.”51 However, bar examiners may not utilize generalizations or stereotypes about the applicant’s disability in concluding that an applicant is a direct threat.52"

  4. We have been on the waiting list since 2009, i was notified almost 4 months ago that we were going to start receiving payments and we still have received nothing. Every time I call I'm told I just have to wait it's in the lawyers hands. Is everyone else still waiting?

  5. I hope you dont mind but to answer my question. What amendment does this case pretain to?