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On the Move - 5/11/12

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May 9, 2012
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On The Move

On The Move runs in the first issue of the month. Information must be submitted two weeks prior to the issue date. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpeg. Color images are preferred. Submissions may be made at http://www.theindianalawyer.com submit-on-the-move or emailed to managing editor Jennifer Nelson at jnelson@ibj.com.

Awards and Honors
Gerald L. Bepko and Norman Lefstein, both of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, have been honored with the IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy award for their leadership, expertise and longtime support of the law school.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law recently awarded its 2012 alumni awards. Fred Glass, Indiana University vice president and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics; Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Indiana; and Michael W. Wells, president of REI Investment Inc. received the Distinguished Alumni awards. Chasity Q. Thompson, assistant dean of the Office of Professional Development at the law school and 9th District Congressman Todd Young received the Early Career Acheivement awards.

Robert F. Parker, of Merrillville firm Burke Costanza & Carberry, has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Curtis Jones, partner at Bose McKinney & Evans, is now a member of the Defense Research Institute.

Appointments and Elections
Shokrina Radpour Beering, managing partner of Plunkett Cooney in Indianapolis, has been appointed as Indiana state chair of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

Lisa C. McKinney, partner at Bose McKinney & Evans, has been elected as a trustee of the Indianapolis Zoological Society for a three-year term.

Patricia Polis McCrory, a member at Frost Brown Todd, has been named chair of Women United by United Way of Central Indiana for 2012-2014.

Church Church Hittle & Antrim partner Séamus Boyce has been elected to the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.

Anastasia Demos Mills has been appointed to serve on the board of trustees for The Oaks Academy in Indianapolis.

New Associations
Aaron Aft has joined Ice Miller as an associate in its real estate group.

Norman T. Funk has joined Krieg DeVault as of counsel. He is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group.

Amy A. Matthews has joined Church Church Hittle & Antrim in Noblesville as an associate. She is a part of the firm’s school law group.

Jonathan D. Weinzapfel has joined the government team at Faegre Baker Daniels as counsel. He will practice remotely from Evansville, where he previously served as mayor.•

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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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