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On The Move - 6/8/12

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June 6, 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.

Promotions
Alan McLaughlin has been named office managing shareholder of the Indianapolis office of Littler Mendelson.

Andrew M. David, Stacy J. DeLee and Anthony L. Manna have become partners at Foutty & Foutty in Indianapolis.

New Associations
Cory C. Voight has joined the Carmel firm Coots Henke & Wheeler. He will practice in civil litigation.

Jacqueline A. Simmons has been named Indiana University vice president and general counsel, effective July 1. Simmons is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels.

Caryn A. Kaufman has joined the Indianapolis office of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman as an associate. She practices in the firm’s health information technology section.

Travis W. Baxter has joined Maginot Moore & Beck as an associate.

George E. Purdy has joined Krieg DeVault’s litigation practice as a partner, Laura C. Bonadies has joined as an attorney, and Angela C. Woodlee has joined as a paralegal. Mark T. Morrell has joined Krieg DeVault as an associate in the firm’s health care practice.

Appointments & Elections
Jennifer VanderVeen has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys for 2012-2013. VanderVeen is an associate at Williams Barrett & Wilkowski in Greenwood.

Hoeppner Wagner & Evans partner Sean Kenyon and associate Kim Peil have been elected treasurer and secretary, respectively, of the Indiana Women Lawyers Association.

Peterson Waggoner & Perkins partner Ted Waggoner has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Christian Church Foundation. His term begins in 2013.

Thomas N. Olvey recently became a fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.

Bose McKinney & Evans partner Daniel Yates has been elected to the St. Vincent Foundation Board.

Frost Brown Todd member Terrence L. Brookie has been appointed chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry for 2012-2013. The position becomes effective Aug. 1.

Lewis Wagner attorney Dina Cox has been selected to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Next Generation Faculty Class of 2012.

Awards & Honors
John Brannon, of Brannon Robinson Sowers Hughel and Doss, was honored by Missouri University of Science and Technology with a professional degree of ceramic engineering. The degree is given each year to people who have made outstanding contributions to the world that reflect positively on the university.
Ice Miller partner Judy Okenfuss has received a Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Dorene Philpot has received the national 2012 Diane Lipton Award for Outstanding Educational Advocacy from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.

Nathan Danielson, David Duncan, Oni Harton, David Jurkiewicz and Joel Nagle, all of Bose McKinney & Evans, have been included in the Indianapolis Bar Association’s 2012 Hall of Fame for their volunteer efforts.

New Location
Kightlinger & Gray has relocated its Indianapolis office to One Indiana Square, Suite 300, 211 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis.•

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  1. He TIL team,please zap this comment too since it was merely marking a scammer and not reflecting on the story. Thanks, happy Monday, keep up the fine work.

  2. You just need my social security number sent to your Gmail account to process then loan, right? Beware scammers indeed.

  3. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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