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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. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  2. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  3. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  4. I totally agree with John Smith.

  5. An idea that would harm the public good which is protected by licensing. Might as well abolish doctor and health care professions licensing too. Ridiculous. Unrealistic. Would open the floodgates of mischief and abuse. Even veteranarians are licensed. How has deregulation served the public good in banking, for example? Enough ideology already!

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