On the Move - Sept. 25, 2013

IL Staff
September 18, 2013
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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
coyne Coyne
*Lynn Coyne is joining the Bloomington law firm of Bunger & Robertson as counsel. Coyne is a retired assistant vice president for real estate and associate counsel at Indiana University. His practice areas include real estate, corporate and business transaction law, and public sector and government law.
Thomas D. Collignon is joining The Mediation Group in January 2014. He will continue mediating commercial, construction, personal injury and family cases. Collignon will work from The Mediation Group’s Keystone at the Crossing office in Indianapolis as well as the group’s new downtown office on Massachusetts Avenue.
smelko Smelko
*J. Sebastian Smelko is joining Bingham Greenebaum Doll as an attorney in the firm’s Indianapolis office. He will work with the firm’s government practice group, focusing in the areas of government contract procurement, government services and public finance, and legislative lobbying.
Awards & Honors
Seven Indiana attorneys will be honored for their public service at the 2013 Randall T. Shepard Award Celebration on Oct. 18. Jeffrey B. Kolb, J. David Roellgen, Yvette C. Kirchoff, Christopher M. Ripley and Brian M. Johnson, of the Vincennes law firm Kolb Roellgen and Kirchoff LLP, will receive an award for providing 50 hours of pro bono legal service in 2012. Indianapolis attorney Isaac M. Willett, of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, will be honored for his work with a health advocacy coalition for medical-legal partnerships. Noblesville attorney Stephenie K. Gookins, of Campbell Kyle Proffitt LLP, will be honored for her service in law-related education. The celebration is sponsored by the Indiana Bar Foundation and Indiana Pro Bono Commission.
Appointments & Elections
janzen Janzen
*Todd J. Janzen, a partner with the Indianapolis office of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, has been appointed chair of the American Bar Association’s Agricultural Management Committee. The appointment is for an initial one-year term.
Sara Pitcher is opening The Law Office of Sara Pitcher LLC in Kokomo on Oct. 1.bullet character

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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues