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On The Move - 10/27/10

October 27, 2010
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On The Move: Information must be submitted at least 11 days before the Wednesday issue in which it is to appear. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpeg; Color images are preferred. For more information or to submit an announcement, contact  editor Rebecca Collier at rcollier@ibj.com

New Associations
Scott J. Preston has joined Labor and Employment law firm Littler Mendelson as a shareholder.

Robert B. Hebert was named vice president and general counsel of The College Network.

The Tabor Law Firm recently added attorney Robert W. Johnson. He has represented persons injured or killed due to another’s negligence. He has personally represented over 650 clients in various personal injury and wrongful death cases including automobile collisions, trucking collisions, and motorcycle accidents.

Laurie Goetz Kemp has recently joined Kightlinger & Gray as a partner. Kemp has experience in the areas of employment law and workers compensation matters. She has been practicing law in the Southern Indiana/Louisville metropolitan region for more than 14 years providing legal services and employment advice to local and regional companies.

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, Bingham McHale will have four new partners: David Adams, Christi Anderson, Melissa Ford and Shannon Landreth. Anderson concentrates her practice on estate and gift planning, estate administration, probate litigation and representation in adoption and guardianship proceedings. Adams currently focuses on corporate and general business transactions and real estate development, including sales, acquisitions and leasing. Ford regularly advises clients regarding business entity structuring, partnership taxation, real estate and business sales and acquisitions. Landreth concentrates her practice in the area of business litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts.

New Firms/Locations
Attorneys Carol Applegate and Anita A. Harden have formed a new firm. The Applegate and Harden Law Firm is a full-service elder law practice specializing in healthcare, public benefits including Medicaid, Veteran’s benefits application and approval, Social Security and SSI, housing, advance directives such as healthcare and financial powers of attorney and cremation authorizations, neglect and exploitation, guardianship petitions, grandparent adoptions, and probate issues

The Indianapolis law firm of Schuckit & Associates has purchased a 10,000 square foot building in the Zionsville/Carmel area behind Starbucks, near 106th Street and Michigan Road, and has moved its headquarters from the top floor of Market Tower. The firm moved 9 attorneys and 8 staff members.

Elections and Appointments
Barnes & Thornburg announced that one of its partners, Peter Morse, has been re-elected to the board of directors of TerraLex, a global legal network of law firms which Barnes & Thornburg helped found two decades ago in order to assist its clients with legal needs around the globe. TerraLex has 160 member law firms in 100 countries and 41 U.S. states, and is one of the largest international legal networks.

The Indiana Supreme Court announced the Board of Law Examiners (BLE) secretary, María Pabón López, has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The Editorial Advisory Committee reviews and comments on articles for publication in “The Bar Examiner,” which is published quarterly, and is the only national publication related to bar admissions.

American Health Lawyers Association selected 15 members to serve on its recently established Young Professionals Council, including Hall Render’s Andrea L. Impicciche. Impicciche focuses on corporate transactional law, including hospital acquisitions, physician practice acquisitions and physician/hospital joint ventures.

LewisWagner announced that John C. Trimble has been appointed chair of the Public Policy Committee of DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar. He focuses much of his time on insurance coverage disputes, bad faith defense, lawyer and insurance agent malpractice, business litigation, and catastrophic damages caused by all types of casualty risks, including transportation, construction, product liability, fires, and governmental liability, to name a few.

Amie Peele Carter of Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis has been appointed chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s trademark committee. As chair, Carter will lead the AIPLA committee responsible for monitoring the laws and treaties of the United States concerning trademarks, trade names and unfair competition.

Gov. Mitch Daniels announced the appointment of Stephen Robertson as commissioner of the Department of Insurance (DOI). Robertson, who has served as DOI’s executive director since June, replaces Carol Cutter who passed away. Robertson joined DOI in 2008, first as director of the Title Insurance Division and then as deputy commissioner of the Title and Bail Bond Division.

Awards and Honors
LewisWagner has been selected to receive DRI’s Law Firm Diversity Award for 2010. The award honors a law firm that demonstrates a significant commitment to diversity not only through policies and practices, but also by civic contributions. LewisWagner is the first law firm in Indiana to receive this recognition.

Judge Gregory J. Donat of the Tippecanoe Superior Court in Lafayette has been named the 2010 recipient of the American Judicature Society’s Kathleen M. Sampson Access to Justice Award. The award recognizes Judge Donat’s leadership of efforts to improve access to justice for all people. In addition to his work in Indiana, Donat has led and contributed to national projects to enhance access to justice through specialized courts.

Julia Blackwell Gelinas, appellate practice group leader and partner at Frost Brown Todd, will be receiving the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award from the Women and the Law Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association. The award is only presented when the Division feels an appropriate candidate is worthy of the award for her professional and personal accomplishments. Gelinas practices in the area of appellate, construction, fidelity and surety and other commercial matters.

Ralph Adams, the former executive director and staff attorney of Legal Services of Maumee Valley in Fort Wayne, received the Indiana Pro Bono Commission’s Randall T. Shepard Award for excellence in pro bono. Adams is active with the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana.•

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  1. This guy sounds like the classic molester/manipulator.

  2. Louis D. Brandeis was born in 1856. At 9 years of age it would have been 1865. The Brandeis family did not own slaves. My source Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin L. Urofsky.

  3. My name is Matthew Lucas Major, I recently went through a jury trial in Bloomington , In. It was the week of Feb 19-21. Although I have been incarcerated since August 5, 2014. The reason I 'am writing to you sir is on the 21 of February the jury came in with a very excessive and wrongful verdict of guilty on 6 child molesting charges against my daughter who was 9 at the time I was accused. I also had 2 other Felonies one of Intimidation and 1 of Sexual Vicarious Gratification. Judge Marc Kellam on the second day of trial gave me a not guilty on those 2 felonies. The jury was sent out during that time and when brought back Judge Kellam told them to not concern themselves with the 2 Felonies that he ruled on them. They were told to not let evidence they had already heard influence there verdicts. I never in my life touched any child sexually and definitely not with my own daughter. When I was arrested Detective Shawn Karr told me I would be convicted guilty just on my daughters word even without evidence. That's just what happened. my public defender did me so wrong he never once proved to the court and jury all the lies the child told, and Jeremy Noel my public defender could of proven the lies easily. The stories in Serenity's depositions and Forensic interview changed and were not consistent as Prosecutor Darcie Fawcett claimed they were. Yet my attorney never mentioned that. The facts that the child accused me of full penetration in her vagina and rectum was proven lies. Doctor Roberta Hibbard of Riley hospital in Indianapolis confirmed Serenity's hymen intact, no scars, no tearing, no signs of rape to her. Yet my attorney didn't use that knowledge . the DNA was all in my favor. I tell you I will spend my entire life in prison going through rape and beatings etc. even Judge Kellam abused his authority by telling the jurors to listen and believe what the prosecutors side in evidence like my daughters testimony. In one interview with the detectives my daughter got flustered with her mom and said on camera " I'm saying what you told me to mom"!! Yet Mr. Noel said nor did anything to even resemble a defense attorney. Judge Kellam allowed edited version of a taped conversation between the child and her mother. Also Judge Kellam allowed the Prosecutor too bring in to my case a knife found under my seat, the knife wasn't part of my case. She was allowed by my attorney and the judge to put a huge picture of it on the screen and huge picture of my naked privates in a full courtroom and open court. Ms. Fawcett says to jury see how easy Mr. Major could reach the knife and cut his Childs throat. Even though I had no weapons charge against these cases. This gave the jurors prejudice thought against me thinking I threatened her with that knife and how scared she would of been knowing i could get it and kill her. On my sentencing court March 19, 2014 my public defender told Judge Kellam he wish to resign from being my attorney and wished for the court to give me outside council to file a error to trial or appeal. We were denied. Now after openly knowing my public defender don't want to represent me he has to. Well when as parents we make our kids clean a room when they really don't wish to, well the child will but don't mean she will do a good job, that's where I'm at with Mr. Noel. please dont ignore mine and my families pleas for your help . we have all the legal proof you could need to prove Im innocent. Please dont make my spend years in prison innocent when you can fix this wrong. Im not saying Im a perfect man or that I was a perfect dad to my 2 children none of us are. Ive made some bad choices in life and I paid for them. But I didnt ever touch or rape my daughter . I love my children with all my heart. And now through needing attention and a ex-wife who told my granny several times she wish she could put me in prison to get me out of their lives. Well my ex finally accomplished her goal. Sad part is she is destroying our daughter with all this horrific lies and things she taught my daughter to say. My daughter will need therapist to ever hope for a chance of a normal life after what she had done to her by her mom and their side of the family. My daughter told everyone even on stand she had a dream months before i supposedly molested her in this dream I was molesting her and when I finally did it matched her dream perfectly. She admitted to watching movies about little girls being molested and watching U-Tube videos about child molesting all before it happened supposedly to her. Doesn't that sound very unusual that a non molested 9 yr old would need to know so much about being molested? The only reason I could think a 9 year old would need so much information is to be prepared to know what to say and be able to say how it felt what took place etc.. So when questioned by authorities she would be prepared. And there again sir if a parent is pre grooming a 9 year old child she would need intimate details . Like telling her daughter about a couple moles on my private area. The child admitted to sneaking my cell and looking many many times at nudes of me and my girlfriend even one where my penis was entering my girlfriends vagina. In that picture my moles are obvious. Yet when prosecutor showed everyone in court my privates and pictures of the moles she said the only way the child would know about them is if she saw them for herself. My attorney once again said nothing about the pictures my child saw. Or could a ex-wife be able to describe my moles to help her case against getting rid of me? I beg you help me. This is my very existence. Ive lost everything , a good job, a wonderful girlfriend, my freedom, but worse thing Ive lost is my children. They were my reason to get up every morning and strive to be better. The wonderful bond I had with my Serenity is gone. After this I would be afraid to even hug her for fear of what next can they do to me. I'm not afraid to tell you I sit here in this cell and try to hold back my tears. Everyone knows you cant show weakness in prison. My life has already been threatened here at Wabash Valley Prison. After only 3 days of arrival. I was tricked into signing a waiver now Im in G Block General Population with 6 child molesting felony charges. Mrs. Hart as a 18 year old I almost died hooked to machines in hospital almost 1 month and now I know that fear was childish compared to this . I cant help but put emotions in this, after all Mrs. Hart Im human and God help Me I never been more afraid in my life. I didnt hurt my little girl I didnt touch her sexually. As much as it shreds me and fills my mind what Im facing I worry more about my mom and granny because of their great love for me mam they are suffering so deeply. I aint done this things but my loved ones suffering right along beside me and If you take my case you will be in essence freeing them also. I sent momma this letter and asked her to email it to you. I'm scared I have been done so unjustly by our legal system and I need you to fix this and give me freedom. I ask you please don't just ignore my pleas. Here in America its nice to be able to trust our legal justice system, well they destroyed my and my loved ones trust in our justice system . And I'm trusting in You !!! My entire family is suffering this nightmare with me. My 77 year old granny had a stroke and isn't doing so well. My single mother that raised 3 kids alone is dying from Lupus and since my arrest has stayed so sick and weary. Our lives torn to peices by a government I was taught I could trust in. my momma has tried so many innocent project and wrongfully accused and cant get anywhere. please please help me. A quote from the late Nelson Mandela: To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains, But to live in a way that respects and enhances The Freedom Of Others. I have Faith in you and your clinic to cast my chains off and give me freedom I do deserve as a wrongfully accused Man, son, brother, father, friend. Matthew Major DOC# 246179 Cause # : 53c02-1308-FA-000779 God Bless you. Please contact me with your decision so I know you made a life changing decision for me , just please at least write me so I know you care enough about your citizens to respond to cries for your help. You can speak openly with my mother Charlotte Spain (828) 476-0406: 71 Lakeview Dr. Canton, NC 28716 Thank You Matthew Major I know yall get thousands of request and inmates claiming innocence, and each person who are innocent deserve to have organizations like yours willing to fight for them and I give yall so much Thanks and I thank God everyday yall are out there caring enough to help free the innocents. Since discovering firsthand how easily lives and families can be destroyed by Poor Defense attorneys not doing their job . And Prosecutors allowed to do as they please in court

  4. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  5. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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