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On the Move - Sept. 25, 2013

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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 http://www.theindianalawyer.com/submit-on-the-move or email to managing editor Jennifer Nelson at jnelson@ibj.com.
 
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.
NEW FIRMS
 
Sara Pitcher is opening The Law Office of Sara Pitcher LLC in Kokomo on Oct. 1.bullet character
 
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  1. IF the Right to Vote is indeed a Right, then it is a RIGHT. That is the same for ALL eligible and properly registered voters. And this is, being able to cast one's vote - until the minute before the polls close in one's assigned precinct. NOT days before by absentee ballot, and NOT 9 miles from one's house (where it might be a burden to get to in time). I personally wait until the last minute to get in line. Because you never know what happens. THAT is my right, and that is Mr. Valenti's. If it is truly so horrible to let him on school grounds (exactly how many children are harmed by those required to register, on school grounds, on election day - seriously!), then move the polling place to a different location. For ALL voters in that precinct. Problem solved.

  2. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  3. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

  4. And with a whimpering hissy fit the charade came to an end ... http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/07/27/all-charges-dropped-against-all-remaining-officers-in-freddie-gray-case/ WHISTLEBLOWERS are needed more than ever in a time such as this ... when politics trump justice and emotions trump reason. Blue Lives Matter.

  5. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

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