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On the Move - 7/6/12

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July 4, 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.

New Associations
Anne L. Cowgur has joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP’s Indianapolis office as a partner in its litigation and labor and employment practice groups.

Chris W. Cotterill has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in downtown Indianapolis as a partner on the government team. Cotterill formerly served as the city of Indianapolis’ chief of staff and corporation counsel.

Samuel K. Conrad has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Fort Wayne as an associate. His practice will focus on labor and employment law.

John Hirschman has rejoined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as counsel. He will practice on the real estate and construction team from the 96th Street office in Indianapolis.

Former Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard has joined Indiana University’s Public Policy Institute in I.U.’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs as the first executive in residence.

Awards and Honors
Retired vice president and general counsel of Indiana University Dorothy Frapwell recently received the President’s Medal for Excellence, the highest honor an I.U. president can bestow.

Kevin Thompson, of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, has been certified as an ARIAS-US arbitrator. The AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society, ARIAS-US is a nonprofit corporation that promotes improvements of the insurance and reinsurance arbitration process for international and domestic markets.

Marion Superior Judge David J. Dreyer has been awarded the Professional Pillar of Excellence Award by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he has taught for more than 20 years.

Melanie M. Dunajeski, a partner in the Merrillville office of Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP, was named Influential Northwest Indiana Woman of the Year in Law at the annual Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Awards Banquet.

Appointments and Elections
The 2012-2013 board and officers of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators are: president Christine L. Birch, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; president-elect Susan M. Cutsinger (Riley Bennet & Egloff LLP); immediate past president Debra L. Elsbury (Threlkeld & Associates); treasurer David W. Heinekamp (Kightlinger & Gray LLP); secretary Carrie K. Houston (Ice Miller LLP); education chair Joannie Saba (Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer LLP); membership chair Robin R. Burton (Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman P.C.); and special projects Janet C. Valasek (Barnes & Thornburg LLP).

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP partner Chad Walker has been elected to the Damien Center board of directors.

Jessica Benson Cox, a litigation associate at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Indiana State Chapter. Her two-year term began July 1.

Lauren K. Robel has been appointed Indiana University executive vice president and provost, effective July 1. Robel, dean of the I.U. Maurer School of Law since 2003, served as interim provost before her appointment.•

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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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