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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. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  2. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  3. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  4. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  5. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

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