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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. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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